TechCrunch is a blog that is all about Web 2.0. This mega blog has become famous over the past 4 years and is still growing. What started out as a small company, has turned into a huge profitable network. They reportedly bring in $200,000.00 USD monthly. So how did a small, yet simple enough blog grow into a popular network? Let’s take a look.
It all started on July 15 2005 (though on the archives of the site, the first post was posted on June 11 2005), when founder Michael Arrington opened TechCrunch for the first time. His goal with the blog was to be dedicated about profiling and reviewing companies and internet products. Back then, he did most of the blog posting himself and worked on it pretty much all by himself during the first year. Also during the first year, it turned out to be his full time job.
By the time the site turned one year, they had 883 posts, 23,713 comments and 65,00 RSS and email subscribers. They also had 3 other partner sites in their network and have had seven guest post writers and he already hired a co-writer to help him, Marshall Kirkpatrick. For 2007, Erick Schonfeld got hired as a co-editor for the TechCrunch blog. And for the first time in TechCrunch history, they got their own office in 2009.
Prior to staring TechCrunch, Michael Arrington worked as a corporate attorney, working only with technology companies. A few were Idea Lab, Apple, Pixar and Netscape. He also co-authored a book. He left law for a more exciting career, working for a startup company RealNames. RealNames didn’t live long enough to even go public, and when the dotcom bubble burst they went under. He left RealNames and helped co-found Achex, which was lucky enough to survive the dotcom burst. They sold it later on to First Data Corp.
Along with founding TechCrunch he also found edgeio.com and is on the board of directors for it as well. Though it was sold to partly to Looksmart and Vast.com, Arrington has stayed on the board of directors. Some of the sites and products he has profiled on TechCrunch are: AbeBooks, About.com, Aboutus.org, AdBrite, AddThis, Alexa, Bebo, b5media, Cafepress, DailyCandy, DocuSign, eBay, eMusic, Etsy, Facebook, FeedBurner, FixYa, Glam Media, Getty Images, HaloScan, Helium, Hi Media, Hub Pages, iLike, IMB, iGoogle, IMVU, Jobster, JobSyndicate, Kaboodle, Knowhow, Kudzu, Lala, Last.fm, LifeLock, Mahalo, mebo, Motorola, Mozilla, MyBlogLog, Myspace, Neopets, Newsvine, NetFlix, oDesk, O’Reilly Media, OkCupid, Pandora.TV, PayPal, PayPerPost, pbwiki, ping.fm, Qype, Reddit, SanDisk, SEOMoz, SpiralFrog, SwapTree, Tagged, Technorati, ThisNext, Twitter, uTest, VeriSign Inc, WebKinz, WebMD, Weebly, Widgetbox, Xoom, Yahoo, Yedda, Zazzle.
Sites that are in TechCrunch network are-
CrunchNotes: A personal blog written by Michale Arrington
TechCrunch France: Edited by Ouriel Ohayan
TechCrunch Japan: Unique content, as well as translations from American version
TechCrunch UK: Was canceled and relaunched in 2007, with editor Mike Butcher
MobileCrunch: Keeps up with Mobile Computing industry edited by Greg Kumparak
TalkCrunch: Podcast about Web 2.0
CrunchGear: Blog about computer hardware and gadgets, editor is John Biggs
CrunchBase: Wiki-style database with Web 2.0 companies.
CrunchBoard: Their job board
TechCrunch IT: About IT info
InviteShare: Share Invites
Gillmor Gang: Technology Blog
Elevator Pitches: About Elevators
During their short time they have been around, they have grown into a huge network and likely will still grow as long as they cover the popular topic of Web 2.0. They have covered a wide spread of companies and products during this time period, watching many companies come and go during this hard time of breaking into the big time.