Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington

J. Michael Arrington is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of 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 and graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a major in economics.

In 1995, he went on to Stanford Law School. Arrington practiced corporate and securities law at O’Melveny & Myers, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His clients included Idealab, Netscape, Pixar, 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 as VP of business development and general counsel. In 2000, he cofounded Achex, an online payments company that was later acquired by 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, and was consulted to other companies, including Verisign.

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

The Latest from Michael Arrington

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