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Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Technology news and analysis
Registration None
Available language(s) English, French, Japanese
Owner AOL[1]
Created by Michael Arrington, Keith Teare
Editor Eric Eldon and Alexia Tsotsis
Launched June 11, 2005
Revenue US$2.4 million (2007 est.)[2]
Alexa rank positive decrease 387 (April 2014)[3]
Current status Active

TechCrunch is a news website focused on information technology companies, ranging in size from startups to established NASDAQ-100 firms. It was founded by Michael Arrington in 2005. On September 28, 2010, at its TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, AOL announced that it would acquire TechCrunch.[4][5] The transaction was rumored to be between $25m and $40m.[6]

In 2011, the site came under fire for possible ethics violations,[7] leading to Arrington's departure. Other writers, including Paul Carr[8] and Sarah Lacy,[9] followed suit.

Logo used by TechCrunch from 2005-2011
Logo used by TechCrunch from 2011-2013

TechCrunch Disrupt[edit]

TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual conference hosted by TechCrunch in San Francisco,[10] New York City,[11] and Beijing,[12] which began in 2011 and is where some technology startups launch their products and services competing on stage in front of venture capital potential investors, media and other interested parties.


TechCrunch operates CrunchBase, a database of companies and start-ups, which comprises around 500,000 data points profiling companies, people, funds, fundings and events. The company claims to have more than 50,000 active contributors. Members of the public, subject to registration, can make submissions to the database; however, all changes are subject to review by a moderator before being accepted. Data is constantly reviewed by editors to ensure it is up to date. CrunchBase says it has 2 million users accessing its database each month.[13]

AOL is in dispute with start-up Pro Populi over that group's use of the entire CrunchBase dataset with apps it has developed, one of which is known as People+. Pro Populi is being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.[14]


The Crunchies is an award ceremony, run by TechCrunch,which celebrates the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year. [15]


  1. ^ "Products & Services". AOL Corp. Retrieved 11 April 2012. "Other notable brands under the AOL umbrella include Moviefone, Engadget, TechCrunch, Patch, and Stylelist." 
  2. ^ Fred Vogelstein. "Wired profile". Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  3. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  4. ^ AOL Corporate Blog. "AOL to acquire TechCrunch network of sites". 
  5. ^ AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. "We Got TechCrunch". 
  6. ^ Business Insider. "AOL Insider Says TechCrunch Price Only $25 Million – CNBC Says $40 Million". 
  7. ^ New York Times. "Michael Arrington's Audacious Adventure". 
  8. ^ AdWeek. "TechCruncher Quits, Slams New Editor—On TechCrunch". 
  9. ^ Kara Swisher, AllThingsD. "Sarah Lacy Debuts New Tech Site, PandoDaily — $2M+ in Funding and Guess Who’s Working for Her?". 
  10. ^ "The first TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco". 
  11. ^ "The first TechCrunch Disrupt New York". 
  12. ^ "The first TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing". 
  13. ^ "CrunchBase, People+, and the EFF". CrunchBase. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  14. ^ "AOL Smacks Startup for Using CrunchBase Content It Gave Away". Wired. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  15. ^ "Crunchies 2014". 

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