My 2 cents on Michael @Arrington and TechCrunch Story.
2 cents on @Arrington and TC Saga You would have read enough on this by now. Infact there’s so much on web about it that I am not going to refer to any post, not going to share any link. Just plain, letter like post. But before I start, a little something. I started this Tumblr page as a Photoblog. I just wanted to post beautiful pictures here. I have a Wordpress blog, http://ashutoshtiwary.com . The reason I am posting it here is, I want to consolidate my online streams. So it works, I will map my wordpress contents and my domain name to Tumblr and shift here for good. Otherwise, that’s always there. :) Coming back to that. I read TechCrunch almost daily. I have said it a million times as well, that, they have quality writers and good stuff just keeps on pouring from that site. Infact, after Twitter, there are very few sites, I visit through the www of the site. Often, I click on the links available on Twitter, read the story, get done with that. Still find, Gigaom and TC worth a visit on their own merit and not only through the links appearing in Twitter. Michael Arrington is a star like figure. Due to all those posts from MG Seigler, Paul Carr and Robin Waters, you would know Michael in a different light altogether but I am talking about the Mike of before. Before the AOL buy. Someone, who had enigma around him. He may still have but a lot of veils have been lifted from his personality. I am not here to debate what happened and dissect that. I don’t even know 1% of the story and am disqualified from commenting on that. I am trying to analyse if Michael Arrington is a writer/blogger at all or not? Was Techcrunch a business or his baby? He started Techcrunch by writing on it himself. He started breaking news. He started getting scoops. The site started getting more and more hits and the expansion was natural. It slowly became a business. He hired writers, ventured across continents and soon, TechCrunch was a 24/7 news churning machine. Soon, AOL added it to its media empire. To be very honest, I did not notice a single change in the way TC news were pouring except for the fact that you could see AOL links and branding on the site. Then CrunchFund happened. Michael became a Venture Capitalist. He was investing prior to that in companies but to me, his identity was TechCrunch. He was a writer/blogger to me. One, who started TechCrunch by breaking news faster than many. One, whose, editorial methods kept that nimble footed all along. That identity is replaced by that of a VC. What happens now? Ideally, I would have loved to see Michael, use the money to ofcourse fund and utilise it in the manner best known to him, start another blog. I don’t know if it’s a good move or a bad move but Engadget is still around though not the same as it was with Joshua Topolsky and team. TechCrunch will not be the same though it will still have its million a day hits. A founder’s culture, imprint and vision shape the company. TechCrunch ofcourse had a Michael brand to it. Take it or leave it. I wish him all the best on his new venture but ideally, would have liked him to remain in this space. It’s too early to say. You never know. Michael was all along a VC even with TC. He may as well be a VC along with something else! I said no links with this post and seriously, I have not referred to anyone. But some of the links, that you should read to understand the entire saga as mentioned below! 1.) http://nyti.ms/oUblhM by David Carr 2.) http://bit.ly/pQnckK by MG Seigler 3.) http://tcrn.ch/qKes9y by Paul Carr 4.) http://tcrn.ch/outqXW by MG Seigler Ofcourse, this post is written with absolute dependency on what has come to this writer’s timeline on Twitter and he should not be tried in any court anywhere in this world by anyone for voicing his opinion, that Arrington should start another blog with MG, Paul Carr and whomsoever he can pull out of TechCrunch! :) That’s it!