Michael Arrington

Dispelling the TechCrunch myth

The debates over what constitutes journalism, and what the future of journalism will look like, rages on.

Last week, a firestorm erupted when TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington announced that he was launching a fund to invest in technology startups.

TechCrunch, of course, which is now owned by AOL, is a blog focused on technology startups, and while Arrington will apparently be off the editorial payroll, he’ll still be able to contribute as an unpaid blogger.

Adding fuel to the firestorm: the fact that AOL itself is investing in Arrington’s fund.

Reputation is dead, long live reputation

What is more important than your reputation? For most individuals and
businesses, the answer to that is simple: “not much.”

Our increasingly networked world has only boosted the importance of
reputation. On the internet, the investment often seen today in PR,
social media and reputation management solutions highlights this.

CrunchPad fiasco: think IP isn’t important? Think again

The CrunchPad is dead. prominent tech blogger and CrunchPad creator
Michael Arrington revealed that the tablet PC designed specifically for
web browsing would not be coming to a store near you after more than a
year of work.

While many, myself included, were skeptical about the CrunchPad’s
commercial viability, nobody predicted its downfall: a rift between
Arrington and his development partner “over nothing more than greed, jealousy
and miscommunication

Twitter hack: insight into a hot startup that may be losing its edge

When Michael Arrington of TechCrunch decided to publish confidential Twitter corporate documents obtained by a hacker, I wasn’t impressed. It’s a bad decision that’s hard to justify ethically.

But what’s done is done and instead of admonishing him for using a different brand of moral compass, I thought there’d be more value in using the opportunity, no matter how unfortunate, to make some observations about one of the internet’s hottest startups.

Journalism beta = lazy reporting

The journalism debates continue. In a New York Times piece this weekend, Damon Darlin takes aim at the blogosphere and accuses bloggers like TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington of taking a “truth-be-damned approach“.

Not surprisingly, it has sparked a flurry of responses, including from Arrington, who claims that Darlin took some of his comments out of context.