Michael Arrington

J. Michael Arrington is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of [TechCrunch](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/techcrunch), a blog that covers startups and technology news.

Born in Huntington Beach, California, Arrington grew up in Huntington Beach, California and Surrey, England. He attended the [University of California, Berkeley](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/university-of-california-berkeley-2) and graduated from [Claremont McKenna College](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/claremont-mckenna-college-2) with a major in economics.

In 1995, he went on to [Stanford Law School](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/stanford-law-school). Arrington practiced corporate and securities law at [O’Melveny & Myers](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/omelveny-myers-llp), and [Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/wilson-sonsini-goodrich-rosati). His clients included [Idealab](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/idealab), [Netscape](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/netscape), [Pixar](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/pixar), [Apple](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/apple), and a number of startups, venture funds, and investment banks. He also co-authored a book on initial public offerings.

In 1999, he left WSGR to join [RealNames](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/realnames) as VP of business development and general counsel. In 2000, he cofounded [Achex](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/achex), an online payments company that was later acquired by [First Data Corporation](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/first-data-corporation) for $32 million.

Arrington also worked in an operational role at a Carlyle backed startup in London, founded and ran two companies in Canada (Zip.ca and Pool.com), was the COO to a Kleiner-backed company called [Razorgator](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/razorgator), and was consulted to other companies, including [Verisign](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/verisign-2).

In May 2008, Time Magazine named Michael Arrington as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

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Latest from Michael Arrington

  • Update: AlwaysOn (Day Two)

    Event: AlwaysOn Previous Posts: July 19, 2005, July 20, 2005 What’s Happening? Day Two at Always On was hectic. There are two channels here – the main room with panel discussions (see schedule below) and a side room with 5 minute CEO pitches. CEO’s were judged on three areas of their presentations: Opportunity, Go to market strategy and Overall Presentation. Both channels… Read More

  • Profile – ElfURL

    Service: ElfURL Created: July 20, 2005 What is it? ElfURL went from idea to launch in 4 days. I was reading Alexander Muse’s blog this morning and saw his post on ElfURL: “Last Monday I posted an entry with an idea for a new little Web 2.0 application to replace Tinyurl. Basically I suggested that it would be helpful to have a tool to make long URLs shorter, while at the same… Read More

  • Profile – Zazzle

    Company: Zazzle Launched: 1999 (zazzle.com launched 2003)

    Status: Announced $16m Series A on July 18, 2005 What is it? Zazzle let’s customers create customized products, ranging from tshirts to stamps, and sell them on the zazzle website. In their own words, “Zazzle is the leading customized products marketplace for consumer enthusiasts to share and celebrate their interests… Read More

  • Update: AlwaysOn (Day One)

    Event: AlwaysOn Previous Post: July 19, 2005 What’s Happening? Great start to the conference. Cocktail hour(s) followed by a number of panels and discussions. This is clearly going to be a great event – a live webcast is available here, with over 900 reported participants. The chat is lively and interesting. Welcome Remarks: Tom Byers, Stanford Professor, talks about the… Read More

  • AlwaysOn Starts Today

    Event: AlwaysOn We’ll be attending the AlwaysOn Conference this week. The buzz is incredible and we look forward to seeing and writing about new technologies all week. Updates to come. There’s a profile of AlwaysOn founder Tony Perkins in today’s San Jose Mercury News (via Morgan McLintic). Tags: alwayson, AO2005, goingon, web2.0, techcrunch, stanford Read More

  • Profile – Shadows

    Editor’s Note: Today is Social Bookmarking day, with profiles of Simpy and now Shadows. Simpy went out on TechCrunch today because they’ve been releasing new functionality that we really like. Shadows has only been out for a couple of weeks, and will make a public appearance at the AlwaysOn conference at Stanford this week (say hello to me if you are there), and so we thought it… Read More

  • Profile – Simpy

    Company: Simpy

    Launched: May 4, 2004 What is it? Simpy is a social bookmarking service that can be compared to del.icio.us, Furl Yahoo My Web 2.0 and others. In their own words, “Simpy is a social bookmarking service. With Simpy, you can save, tag and search your own bookmarks and notes or browse and search other users’ links and tags. You can be open and share your links… Read More

  • Profile – Doostang

    Editor’s Note: Writing this from Luxembourg airport. Free and strong wifi. Awesome. Company: Doostang Location: Doostang, Inc.
    160 Brannan St. Suite 306
    San Francisco, CA 94107 E-mail: contact@doostang.com Launched: Recently What is it? Doostang is a trust network and employment service. Once you have joined, you can post a profile, upload a resume, post and search for jobs, write… Read More

  • Profile – Pluck (For Firefox)

    Company: Pluck (For Firefox) Launch Date: June 13, 2005 (2.0 Beta for Firefox) What is it? Pluck has a number of excellent products, including a web based RSS reader that competes with Bloglines, NewsGator and others (see our Bloglines v. Newsgator post) as well as an IE plugin that is very popular. They’ve also quietly launched a social bookmarking site called Shadows that will… Read More

  • Web 2.0 This Week (July 10 – 16)

    The main Web 2.0 news this week focused on Technorati (is it dyin or is it rockin?) and the release of Atom 1.0. Lots of other random and interesting stuff as well, including important chia-pet news. Weekly Summary:

    1. Technorati is Dead! Long Live Technorati! Technorati has dominated web 2.0 news this week. Posts come at it from three different but related angles: –… Read More

  • Profile – Judy's Book

    Company: Judy’s Book Launched: July 2005 Location: Seattle, WA What is it? Judy’s Book is a site that allows people to write reviews of local businesses. It also has social networking features (adding friends, groups, etc.) to share reviews with a trust network. The idea is that people trust what their friends think more than advertising. The reviews are easy to write, with lots… Read More

  • Update – Feedburner (BuzzBoost)

    Company: FeedBurner (BuzzBoost) Location: Chicago

    Previous Profiles: June 14, 2005, July 4, 2005 What’s New? FeedBurner has been launching a ton of new features lately, and BuzzBoost, announed on July 11, is worth noting. In their own words, “Enter BuzzBoost. It’s the latest publicity and awareness offering for FeedBurner publishers, and it’s free. BuzzBoost’s… Read More

  • Profile – Browster

    Company: Browster Launch Date: Beta in February 2005, Version 1.0 launched today, July 13, 2005 What is it? Browster is a tool, available only for IE (damn, I just lost half of my readers right there) that pre-fetches content from links on a web page, and makes that content available by mousing-over the link. Too see it visually click here. So we dusted off IE (used only for FTP these… Read More

  • Profile – Gataga (its gone)

    Company: Gataga Previous Profiles: June 11, 2005 and June 21, 2005 What Happened? Just as background, Gataga was a wonderful tool for searching multiple tagging services in one go. enter a tag on the command line, and see results from delicious, furl, flickr, etc… See our profiles above more more information. We just received an email from Vic at Gataga: Hi Mike… Just to let you… Read More

  • Profile – Wikipedia

    Service: Wikipedia Created: January 15, 2001 Summary: Wikipedia has been around for over 5 years, is the largest wiki (by far) and serves over 400 million page views per month (to compare, USA Today has about 300 million). Wikipedia is a free, online, user-written encyclopedia in wiki format that was created in 2001 by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales. It has grown at an astonishing rate and… Read More

  • Profile – Planet Web 2.0

    Service: Planet Web 2.0 Launched: about two weeks ago What is it? Planet Web 2.0 is a website (and more importantly an RSS feed) that aggregates content from web 2.0 publishers around the web. It’s a must add feed for anyone tracking web 2.0. The sources of the content are linked on the sidebar, and include TechCrunch. :-) We first discovered the site while reading Richard… Read More

  • Profile – Digg 2.0

    Company: Digg

    Previous Profile: June 18, 2005 Digg 2.0 Launched: 5 hours ago (July 10, 2005) What is it? See our previous profile on Digg for a description of its functionality. Its a very useful news site that leverages user submissions and “diggs” of stories to promote content higher in various categories and the home page. Digg released version 2.0 a few hours ago. New look… Read More

  • Profile – Del.icio.us (new feature)

    Company: Deli.cio.us (new feature) Previous Profile: June 16, 2005 What’s new? Josh Schachter (the creator of del.icio.us) announced new “tags for two” functionality yesterday. It allows direct bookmarket notification to a person, to suggest they see specific content. We first noticed a trend towards people using del.icio.us as a recommendation engine about a month ago. Read More

  • Profile – Gigablast (Blog Search)

    Service: Gigablast Blog Search Launched: Recently What is it? Gigablast just launched a beta blog search engine at blogs.gigablast.com. Results can be viewed by “revelvance” or date. There are other advance search options as well. However, there is no “tag” search.

    Screen Shots: Creator: Matt Wells, CEO (bio) Links: Blog Search Site
    About.com Tags… Read More

  • Profile: RocketBoom

    Company: RocketBoom Launched: Located: New York, NY What is it? RocketBoom is a very popular Monday through Friday videoblog, or vblog. The segments are short – around 3 -5 minutes (or less) and released weekdays at 9 am EST. RocketBoom is extremely low-budget – “Instead of costing millions of dollars to produce, Rocketboom is created with a consumer-level video camera… Read More