TechCrunch logo.svg
Type of site
Technology news and analysis
Available in English, French, Japanese
Headquarters Bay Area, United States
Owner AOL (2010-2017)
Oath Inc. (2017-present)
Created by Michael Arrington, Keith Teare
Editor Matthew Panzarino
Revenue US$2.4 million (2007 est.)[1]
Alexa rank Positive decrease 668 (June 2017)[2]
Commercial Yes
Registration None
Launched June 10, 2005; 12 years ago (2005-06-10)[3]
Current status Active

TechCrunch is an American online publisher of technology industry news founded in 2005 by Michael Arrington. It reports on the business of tech, tech news, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products.


TechCrunch was founded in 2005 by Michael Arrington in 2005.[4] In 2010, AOL acquired the company for approximately $25 million.


A scandal erupted over the Titstare application, created by participants in a hackathon at Disrupt 2013.[5][6][7]

In 2011, the site came under fire for possible ethics violations. These included claims that Arrington's investments in certain firms which the site had covered created a conflict of interest.[8] The controversy that ensued eventually led to Arrington's departure, and other writers, including Paul Carr and Sarah Lacy, followed suit.[9][10]


TechCrunch Disrupt

The first TechCrunch Disrupt was in 2011. It is an annual tech conference hosted by TechCrunch in San Francisco,[11]New York City,[12] and Europe (London or Berlin).[13] It also happened once in Beijing in 2011.[14]

TechCrunch Disrupt hosts an event called Startup Battlefield at its conferences where startups sign up to pitch their business ideas on a stage in front of venture capital investors, media and other interested parties for prize money and publicity. Past participants include Dropbox,[15] Beam,[16]Vurb,[17]Trello,[18] Mint,[19]Yammer,[20] and[21]


From 2007 to 2015, TechCrunch operated Crunchbase, a database of the startup ecosystem, consisting of investors, incubators, start-ups, key people, funds, funding rounds and events.[] The company claims to have more than 50,000 active contributors on its platform.[22] Subject to registration, members of the public can make submissions to the database; however, all changes are subject to review by a moderator before being accepted.

In 2013, Crunchbase claimed to have 2 million users accessing its database each month.[23]

AOL is in dispute with start-up Pro Populi over that group's use of the entire Crunchbase dataset in apps that Pro Populi has developed, one of which is known as People+. Pro Populi is being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.[24]

In 2015, Crunchbase spun out of AOL/Verizon/TechCrunch to become a private entity, and is no longer a part of TechCrunch.[25]


In 2008, TechCrunch started The Crunchies award ceremony, which celebrates the "most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year".[26] Techcrunch often creates a list of the top startups and the funding they received. Twelve categories have been awarded in 2016, including "Best New Startup", "Best Overall Startup", and "Best Mobile App".[27] 2016 was also the first year awarding the Diversity Award.[28]

Public persona

TechCrunch has more than 9.86 million followers on Twitter,[29] and more than 2.8 million likes on Facebook as of December 2017.[30]

In 2014, TechCrunch Disrupt was featured in an arc of the HBO series Silicon Valley.[31] The characters' startup "Pied Piper" participates on a startup battle at TechCrunch Disrupt.[31]

Available languages

TechCrunch is currently available in English, Chinese[32] and Japanese.[33] It had a French edition, which was folded into[clarification needed][34]


  1. ^ Fred Vogelstein (June 22, 2007). "TechCrunch Blogger Michael Arrington Can Generate Buzz ... and Cash". Wired. Revenue from advertising, job listings, and sponsorships now totals about $200,000 a month 
  2. ^ TechCrunch
  3. ^ " WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington scoops fortune from sale to AOL". 2010-09-29. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "'Titstare' app at Techcrunch: women in tech deserve better | Amy Gray | Comment is free". The Guardian. London. 2013-09-08. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ Ben Grubb. "TechCrunch forced to apologise over Sydney duo's 'Titstare' app". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (2013-09-09). "Titstare app at TechCrunch Disrupt: What would a tech conference be without the sexism?". Slate. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ David Carr (September 5, 2011). "Michael Arrington's Audacious Adventure". New York Times. 
  9. ^ Kara Swisher (January 16, 2012). "Sarah Lacy Debuts New Tech Site, PandoDaily -- $2M+ in Funding and Guess Who's Working for Her?". AllThingsD. 
  10. ^ Anthony Ha (September 16, 2011). "TechCruncher Quits, Slams New Editor--On TechCrunch". AdWeek. 
  11. ^ "The first TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco". 
  12. ^ "The first TechCrunch Disrupt New York". 
  13. ^ "Disrupt Europe". TechCrunch. 2014. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ Wood, Stephen. "Full coverage of Disrupt Beijing 2011". TechCrunch. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Dropbox". TechCrunch. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ Dillet, Romain. "And the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 is... Beam". TechCrunch. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "Vurb". TechCrunch. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "Trello". TechCrunch. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Butcher, Mike. "Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint, has unfinished business with AI". TechCrunch. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "Yammer". TechCrunch. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "Crate.IO". TechCrunch. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ Lomas, Natasha. "With 50,000 Users & Double-Digit Monthly Revenue Growth, French Real-Time Alerts Startup Mention Raises $800K Flash Seed". TechCrunch. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ "CrunchBase, People+, and the EFF". CrunchBase. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "AOL Smacks Startup for Using CrunchBase Content It Gave Away". Wired. November 5, 2013. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "AOL/Verizon Completes Spinout Of CrunchBase Funded By Emergence Capital". TechCrunch. 2015-09-22. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "Crunchies 2014". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017. 
  27. ^ "9th Annual Crunchies Awards". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017. 
  28. ^ Dickey, Megan Rose. "Meet The People Vying For The First-Ever Diversity Crunchie Award | TechCrunch". Retrieved . 
  29. ^ "TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) - Twitter". 
  30. ^ "TechCrunch". Facebook. 
  31. ^ a b 'Silicon Valley' Fact Check: HBO Nails TechCrunch Disrupt All the Way Down to the Nametags by Molly Mushine June 2014
  32. ^ Ned Desmond. "TechCrunch Returns To China, For Keeps, COO of TechCrunch and CrunchBase and General Manager of AOL Tech". 
  33. ^ Iwamoto Yutaira. "TechCrunch Tokyo 2012, CNet Editor". 
  34. ^ Mike Butcher. "TechCrunch France Integrates With". 

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