Erick Schonfeld

Erick has been discovering and working with startups his entire professional career as a technology journalist, startup event producer, and founder. Erick is President & Founding Partner at Traction Technology Partners. He is also a co-founder of TouchCast, the leading interactive video platform, and a partner at bMuse, a startup studio in New York City. He is the former Executive Producer of the DEMO conferences and former Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch (where he helped conceive, lead and select startups for the Disrupt conferences, among other duties). Prior to TechCrunch, which he joined as Co-Editor in 2007, Erick was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine, and a senior writer at Fortune magazine covering technology.

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 the online video series “The Disruptors” with CNN/Money and hosted regular panels and conferences of industry luminaries. Schonfeld started his career at Fortune magazine in 1993, where he was recognized with numerous journalism awards.

The Latest from Erick Schonfeld

Netflix Streaming Margins Are 11 Percent, DVD Margins Are 52 Percent

If you look closely at Netflix's <a href="">fourth quarter earnings</a>, it will be

President Clinton’s Former Chief Of Staff Says: “Yes We Scan” (TCTV)

While the topic didn't make its way into President Obama's Sate of the Union speech last night, Mr. Obama's former transition team co-chair, <a href="

Accel And SV Angel Back Endorse With $4.25 Million To Close The Loop Between Shoppers And Brands

Brands and businesses can track their reputations online and connect with consumers through social media. But what about in the real world? One of the biggest prizes in Startupland will go to whoever

Apple Now Has $97.6 Billion In Cash. Let The Share Buybacks Begin!

Apple ended <a href="">last quarter</a> and the year with almost $100 billion in cash ($97.6 bil

Tim Cook: “There Will Come A Day When The Tablet Market Is Larger Than The PC Market”

One of the big questions hanging over Apple this quarter was whether or not iPad sales would continue its rapid growth. Last quarter Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire at $200 (well below the iPAd's en

After Blow-Out Earnings, Apple Stock Up $30 In After-Hours Trading

Apple blew away <a href="">expectations</a> in its <a href="

Will This Be Apple’s First $40 Billion Quarter?

Everyone is expecting a record quarter from Apple, which reports earnings today. "We expect a big quarter from Apple," writes analyst Colin Gillis of BGC in a research note, "and we expect most invest

Chart: Android Is Catching Up To iOS In Mobile Video Views

A year ago in January, 2011, Apple dominated mobile video views, with iOS devices accounting for 87 percent of all mobile views, according to data from video encoding and short-url service <a href="h

Mark Zuckerberg Spray Paints Graffiti On Real Facebook Wall (Video)

Mark Zuckerberg added his touch to a graffiti wall at Facebook's new headquarters. In the video above, graffiti artist David Choe, who was commissioned to paint the wall, incorporates a stick figure p

Nimble Goes After Salesforce, Wants To Be The “Pandora Of Contacts”

<a href="">Jon Ferrara</a> thinks Salesforce is doing it wrong when it comes to social. The founder of Goldmine, a CRM company he sold for $100 million ne

Cowen: Google’s Mobile Ad Revenues Could Surge To $5.8 Billion In 2012

How much does Google make in advertising from mobile? Cowen analyst Jim Friedland estimates that Google is generating $7 per year from each smartphone (and tablet). This includes both search and displ

TCTV Debate: Can SOPA Be Fixed Or Should It Stay Dead?

The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been <a href="">pulled</a> and its Sena

Senator Harry Reid Caves: PIPA Postponed

After a day of widespread online protests against a pair of bills in Congress, both bills have now been tabled. Hearings on the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) had already been cancelled, but the Senat

Larry Page: Display Advertising Is A $5 Billion Business

The engine of Google's business is search advertising, but its display advertising business is becoming a very large business. During today's earnings call, CEO Larry Page that Google's display advert

Kno CEO Osman Rashid To Apple: “Now We Will Fight On Who Has The Better Product”

Apple's latest foray into <a href="">digital textbooks</a> today raises a lot of questions about t

Wait A Second, There Are Only 8 Apple Textbooks Available At Launch

Apple is making a play for the textbook market with its <a href="">launch today of iBooks 2</a> an

The Shareholder Pitchforks Are Out For Netflix

Armed with pitchforks and hindsight, class action lawyers are gathering up mobs of angry shareholders who lost money and going after the company. Earlier this week a <a href="

“At Apple Everything Is A Secret”

Last year, the Steve Jobs biography was the best-selling book on Amazon. But there is another book about Apple coming out which isn't authorized that delves into the culture of secrecy at Apple. <a hr

In Face Of Protests, Congressmen Begin To Abandon SOPA Ship

The online uproar against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in Congress is already causing some in Washington to abandon the SOPA ship. A couple of co-sponsors of the bill are pulling their s

Amazon Web Services Introduces Web-Scale Database, DynamoDB

Amazon just added a new cloud computing service to its suite of Amazon Web Services, a distributed database called <a href="">DynamoDB</a>. Web applications can spike su
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