My name is Michael Arrington. For newer readers who don’t know, I founded TechCrunch back in 2005.
Last year I was fired and began writing on Uncrunched.
Today AOL unfired me.
I am a venture capitalist and have all sorts of conflicts of interest. Many of you think that conflicts of interest are inherently bad and people with them shouldn’t be writing stuff for other people to read. A lot of people would agree with you. It was the reason AOL fired me last year, after they invested in my venture fund CrunchFund.
AOL now also disagrees.
Before everyone starts freaking the fuck out, just hold on a second and hear me out.
We don’t know how many of you are TechCrunch readers, particularly after last year’s AOL fiasco, but today brought some good news for longtime fans of the tech news site. In an open letter, posted on TechCrunch this afternoon, founder Michael Arrington has announced plans to return to the site he created as a paid contributor. Welcome back, Mike!
16:03 // 1 year ago
What I knew last week, but can only write now, is that while Heather, Mike and other senior editorial staffers were making a stand for the site’s editorial independence from The Huffington Post, Erick cut a side deal with Huffington to guarantee him the top job once Mike was gone.
Will you still visit TechCrunch knowing that at least two of the site’s best-known writers are out?
18:22 // 2 years ago