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Type of site
Technology news and analysis
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersBay Area, United States
OwnerAOL (2010–2017)
Oath (2017–2019)
Verizon Media (2019–present)
Created byMichael Arrington, Keith Teare
EditorMatthew Panzarino[1]
LaunchedJune 10, 2005; 15 years ago (2005-06-10)[2]
Current statusActive

TechCrunch is an American online newspaper focusing on high tech.

TechCrunch was founded in June 2005 by Archimedes Ventures, led by partners Michael Arrington and Keith Teare.[3] In 2010, AOL acquired the company for approximately $25 million.[4][3] Since the acquisition of AOL and Yahoo by Verizon, the site has been owned by Verizon Media.

TechCrunch is available in English, Chinese (managed by TechNode),[5] and Japanese.[6]

TechCrunch France was folded into the main site in October 2012.[7]


TechCrunch Disrupt[edit]

TechCrunch hosts an annual tech conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, in several cities in the United States and Europe.

In 2014, TechCrunch Disrupt was featured in an arc of the HBO series Silicon Valley.[8] The characters' startup "Pied Piper" participates on a startup battle at TechCrunch Disrupt.[8]

Startup Battlefield[edit]

Startup Battlefield is a startup competition. Monetary awards are presented at the TechCrunch Disrupt conferences. Notable startups that have been involved in the competition include DropBox[9][10], Intuit Mint, Yammer, and CrateDB.[11][12][13]

Former features[edit]


From 2007 to 2015, TechCrunch operated Crunchbase, a website and online encyclopedia of information on startups, key people, funds, funding rounds, and events. In 2015, Crunchbase spun out of TechCrunch to become a private entity, and is no longer a part of TechCrunch.[14][15]


From 2007 to 2017, TechCrunch sponsored the annual Crunchies award ceremony to award startups, internet and technology innovations.[16] The ceremonies were compared to those of the Academy Awards. At the first award ceremony in 2017, Facebook won the award for best startup. Due to controversy surrounding the awards, TechCrunch announced in 2017 it would end the Crunchies.[17][18]


The company was criticized for allowing developers to present the Titstare application, created by participants in a hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt 2013. The application allows users to "stare at tits".[19][20][21]

In 2011, the site's editors and writers were criticized for possible ethics violations. These included claims that Arrington's investments in certain firms which the site had covered created a conflict of interest.[22] The controversy that ensued eventually led to Arrington's departure, and other writers, including Paul Carr and Sarah Lacy, followed suit.[23][24]


  1. ^ "Matthew Panzarino". TechCrunch.
  2. ^ " WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info – DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Arrington, Michael (February 18, 2018). "The Real History of TechCrunch" – via WordPress.
  4. ^ Sweney, Mark (September 29, 2010). "AOL buys TechCrunch". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Desmond, Ned. "TechCrunch Returns To China, For Keeps, COO of TechCrunch and CrunchBase and General Manager of AOL Tech".
  6. ^ Yutaira, Iwamoto (November 16, 2012). "TechCrunch Tokyo 2012". CNET.
  7. ^ Butcher, Mike (October 31, 2012). "TechCrunch France Integrates With". TechCrunch.
  8. ^ a b Smith IV, Jack (June 2, 2014). "'Silicon Valley' Fact Check: HBO Nails TechCrunch Disrupt All the Way Down to the Nametags". The New York Observer.
  9. ^ "Dropbox: The Online Storage Solution We've Been Waiting For?". TechCrunch. March 11, 2008.
  10. ^ Dropbox launches on the TechCrunch stage in 2008. TechCrunch. May 23, 2018 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ Baker, Dylan (October 22, 2014). "UK Tech: Crate dominates Battlefield to take £30,000 prize".
  12. ^ "TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2014 Announces Startup Battlefield Finalists" (Press release). Business Wire. October 20, 2014.
  13. ^ "Startup Battlefield: Techcrunch's Premiere Startup Competition". TechCrunch.
  14. ^ Lunden, Ingrid (September 22, 2015). "AOL/Verizon Completes Spinout Of CrunchBase Funded By Emergence Capital". TechCrunch.
  15. ^ Hockenson, Lauren (September 22, 2015). "Crunchbase leaves AOL with funding by Emergence Capital". The Next Web.
  16. ^ "Crunchies". TechCrunch.
  17. ^ Stangel, Luke (November 9, 2017). "The Crunchies, where Silicon Valley went to be celebrated and skewered, is ending". American City Business Journals.
  18. ^ Tiku, Nitasha (February 9, 2015). "Sexism and consequences at TechCrunch's annual award show". The Verge.
  19. ^ Gray, Amy (September 8, 2013). "'Titstare' app at Techcrunch: women in tech deserve better". The Guardian.
  20. ^ Grubb, Ben (September 9, 2013). "TechCrunch forced to apologise over Sydney duo's 'Titstare' app". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  21. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (September 9, 2013). "Titstare app at TechCrunch Disrupt: What would a tech conference be without the sexism?". Slate.
  22. ^ Carr, David (September 5, 2011). "Michael Arrington's Audacious Adventure". The New York Times.
  23. ^ Swisher, Kara (January 16, 2012). "Sarah Lacy Debuts New Tech Site, PandoDaily — $2M+ in Funding and Guess Who's Working for Her?". All Things Digital.
  24. ^ Ha, Anthony (September 16, 2011). "TechCruncher Quits, Slams New Editor—On TechCrunch". Adweek.

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