Today TechCrunch Europe has officially ported to its new domain name EU.TEchCrunch.com. That doesn’t mean we have anything to do with the European Union by the way – it’s just the easiest and most memorable way to denote our continuing focus on tech companies on the European continent and its nearby regions. We’re also formally telling you that we now have a lot more contributors than perhaps you realised. I’ve always maintained that media is a marathon not a race. Others have wielded phrases like go big or go home’. Well that might work for technology companies. But when you are creating media in conjunction with your community, you need to earn peoples’ trust first and foremost.
So we’ve been slowly building up our network over the last few weeks and months, not making a fuss, just getting on with the business of breaking news and stories about tech startups in Europe. But we may as well make this strategy more overt now.
But to be clear, this is not the launch of a network of full-time bloggers I might add. Each of our contributors either has their own blog or some other kind of “day job”.
As a result they don’t have the pressure of having to meet revenue targets for blogging, which is very hard to do in most European countries. Instead they can pick and chose what they write about and they have access to a great big megaphone – TCE – to blast out breaking news and information from their scenes.
And because they have day-jobs, they have their ear to the ground about the latest movements in their particular tech scene.
That’s cool, and I feel that means they are under no pressure to churn out low-quality information. That also means that when real, under the radar news and information comes their way, they will be bringing it to TechCrunch Europe first. That means all you need is one Twitter feed (@TCEurope) and one RSS feed to get everything we do.
It’s also worth pointing out that even though this is a blog there will be a very light-touch editorial process to this. All stories go through me, the editor, in order to maintain that quality. Where there are any conflicts of interest to posts, I do my best to make sure they are declared. Also, most of our contributors are writing in English as their second language, so I don’t mind lending a hand. But I stress, it’s very light touch process.
A note on that: This also marks a day when we are formally declaring war on “silos” in Europe. One of the big problems is the fragmentation of the market here. But it’s widely acknowledged now that English is the international language of business, and it’s very much the language for discourse in the tech startup space. And that’s why we make no apology for writing in English about the European tech scene – that way the vast majority of entrepreneurs and investors can see what is happening across the field of play. There are already many worthy local, regional and national blogs in their own native languages. That’s fine. But as with our contributors who have their existing local language blogs, we’ll doing our best to help them break the English language versions of any news about European tech out there. And it’s worth remembering that posts on TechCrunch Europe can also appear on on TechCrunch.com and get tweeted out to a million people. Only TCE can do that.
And of course, TechCrunch.com editors and writes (like Robin Wauters) will still be running stories about European companies on TCE first and cross-posting to TechCrunch.com.
Now covering 16 countries, with contributors on the ground, that makes TechCrunch Europe the biggest blog out there focused primarily on tech startups on the broad European continent.
Our contributors all have their own blogs and Twitter feeds so I encourage you to go and subscribe to them. When Twitter releases its Twitter lists feature I’ll be making that available in one handy list.
A brief word about the UK: Since I’m based in London I won’t be losing my focus on tech companies here. And with this new approach, I’ll be able to concentrate my fire even on this key European eco-system, while at the same time bringing Europe together here on TCE, and in our live events and conferences around Europe, run in conjunction with 2Pears.
So, without further ado here are our main contributors so far. I want to thank all of them for their awesome faith and support in this project to date.
As time goes on we’ll be looking for more in each country, and more countries in Europe. There are still gaps in our coverage. But stay tuned. And if you’d like to become a TCE contributor in your country, get in touch.
Vacancy for a contributor.
The UK is primarily covered by Mike Butcher, the editor. But our (now occasional, but great) contributors this year were: