Erick Schonfeld

Erick Schonfeld is the co-founder of TouchCast, the executive producer of DEMO, and a technology journalist. He is also a partner at bMuse, a product incubator in New York City.

Schonfeld is the former Editor in Chief of TechCrunch. At TechCrunch, he oversaw the editorial content of the site, helped to program the Disrupt conferences and CrunchUps, produced TCTV shows, and wrote daily for the blog.

He joined TechCrunch as Co-Editor in 2007, and helped take it from a popular blog to a thriving media property. After founder Michael Arrington left in 2011, Schonfeld became Editor in Chief.

Prior to TechCrunch, he was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine, where he wrote feature stories and ran their main blog, The Next Net. He also launched an online video series with CNN/Money and hosted regular panels and conferences of industry luminaries.

Schonfeld started his career at Fortune magazine in 1993. In 1999, he won the prize for best information technology submission at London’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards, and in 2001 he won the prize for best space submission at the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in Paris. In 1996 and 1997, Schonfeld was recognized in the TJFR Business News Reporter’s list of the best and brightest financial journalists under the age of 30.

He appears regularly on CNBC, CNN, and NY1, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Schonfeld graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1993.

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Latest from Erick Schonfeld

  • Web 2.0 Startup Simulator

    Time-waster of the day: Sim Web 2.0. It’s a little flash game that automatically generates a name for your Web 2.0 startup, like Twitcast or Youcrunch, a press clip, and a list of things to do to build the company: Read More

  • ZiiTrend: The Latest Social Prediction Website

    Do you think you know who is going to buy Facebook, or how many copies of Halo 3 will be sold by the end of the year? You can make your make your best guess on ZiiTrend, a social prediction site that launched on Monday. (The answers to those two questions right now are: No one and 6.2 million, respectively). ZiiTrend comes up with a group prediction based on every player’s vote. Unlike… Read More

  • AOL Is Gussying Itself Up for an Advertising IPO

    What’s behind all the shuffling going on at AOL lately? New CEO Randy Falco is moving the headquarters from Dulles, Va. to New York City, more layoffs are rumored at the dying dial-up business, and all the advertising businesses are now grouped together under the ominous name, Platform A. Falco is putting all of his advertising eggs into Platform A, which is made up of the collection… Read More

  • Google: 99.999 Percent Reliable, in Brazil

    The folks at Pingdom measure the uptime of Google in different countries around the world. Google users in Brazil encounter the fewest hiccups.  Google’s Brazil site was down only three minutes in an entire year, giving it five 9s reliability.  The U.S. search site was down ten times as much, giving it only 99.994 percent reliability.  I think I can live with that.  (Sweden came in… Read More

  • Bill Gross Is Into Atoms

    As my final act for the print edition of Business 2.0, I interviewed serial entrepreneur Bill Gross of Idealab. Gross is best known for his Web 1.0 companies, especially and CitySearch, and eToys. So he’s had his share of both successes and failures. But if you look at his portfolio of startups today, other than the click-per-action search engine, it is… Read More

  • MSN Video's New Look

    MSN Video just upgraded its video search page. It sports a new user interface that lets you search videos and watch them at the same time on a split screen. Search happens on the left, with search results popping up as thumbnail images.  Video consumption happens on the right, in a bigger window. The way people watch video on the Web is evolving fast, and Microsoft is trying to keep up… Read More

  • How Much Is The Huffington Post Worth?

    In other blogging news, the Huffington Post has raised another $5 million (bringing the total raised to $10 million), from existing investors Softbank Capital, Greycroft Partners, and former AOL COO Bob Pittman. That should help the HuffPost (ranked the No. 5 most-linked-to-blog by Technorati) pay its 43 employees and expand even further. Rafat Ali has the details. Anyone know where that… Read More

  • Sling Media Sells Out to EchoStar

    EchoStar’s $380 million purchase of Sling Media once again raises the question of whether a consumer TV-device company can exist as a standalone entity. History has not been kind to such companies trying to break out from the startup field. Akimbo anyone? TiVo has also certainly seen its share of ups and downs (mostly downs). Even the attempts of larger tech companies at combining… Read More

  • Hello, TechCrunch

    It was only last week that Michael Arrington announced that I would be joining TechCrunch as co-editor. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a technology journalist hailing from the recently-shuttered Business 2.0 magazine, and before that, Fortune. I’ve been blogging part-time for the past few years at B2.0, writing the Next Net blog. One thing I’ve learned is that to… Read More

  • Exclusive: Podango Juices Podcast Network With Software From GigaVox Media

    Podcast network and hosting service Podango is beefing up its service with the purchase of podcast publishing software from GigaVox Media. The content-management system, called GigaVox Audio Lite, allows podcasters to automagically manage the different parts that make up an audio or video podcast, including ads, intros, promotions, and other program material. Podango, which is based in… Read More

  • Rocketboom Moves to

    The popular daily videoblog Rocketboom is joining online video network, which will now host all of Rocketboom‘s videos and sell ads for the show. Rocketboom joins a growing crowd of other top videoblogs that can be found on, including Wallstrip, TreeHugger TV, Alive in Baghdad, and Goodnight Burbank. As with most of those shows, the relationship between Rocketboom… Read More

  • Attendi Wants to Search Inside Your Head

    As if the more than 20 billion Web pages out there aren’t enough, a new startup coming out of stealth mode today called Attendi has come up with a new twist on “people search.” This is not to be confused with the type of people search that Facebook is getting into (actually searching for people—see also Spock, Wink, Zoominfo, WikiYou and PeekYou), or the type of… Read More