Type of site
Technology news and analysis
Available in English, French, Japanese
Headquarters Bay Area, United States
Owner AOL[1]
Created by Michael Arrington, Keith Teare
Editor Matthew Panzarino
Revenue US$2.4 million (2007 est.)[2]
Alexa rank 519 (October 2016)[3]
Commercial Yes
Registration None
Launched June 10, 2005 (2005-06-10)[4]
Current status Active

TechCrunch is an online publisher of technology industry news. It primarily covers businesses ranging from startups to established firms. TechCrunch was founded by Michael Arrington and Keith Teare in 2005. Notable journalists and contributors include venture capitalists Chris Dixon and entrepreneur Kevin Rose.[5]

On September 28, 2010, at its TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, AOL announced that it would acquire TechCrunch.[6][7] The transaction was rumored to be for between $25 million and $40 million.[8]

Disrupt Conference Fireside Chats

Michael Arrington (TechCrunch founder) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder) on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Disrupt Conference Event

TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual conference hosted by TechCrunch in San Francisco,[9] New York City,[10] London,[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 for prize money and publicity. Past winners include Qwiki, Getaround, YourMechanic, and


TechCrunch operates CrunchBase, a database of the startup ecosystem consisting of investors, incubators 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 in apps that Pro Populi 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] 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".

Public persona

TechCrunch has more than 6.3 million followers on Twitter,[16] and more than 2 million fans on Facebook.[17]

In 2014, TechCrunch Disrupt was featured in an arc of the HBO series Silicon Valley.[18] The characters' startup "Pied Piper" participates on a startup battle at TechCrunch Disrupt.[18] According to TechCrunch editor Sam O'Keefe, the show's representation of the conference was "obscenely accurate".[18]


A scandal erupted over the Titstare application, created by participants in a hackathon at Disrupt 2013.[19][20][21]

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.[22] The controversy that ensued eventually led to Arrington's departure, and other writers, including Paul Carr and Sarah Lacy, followed suit.[23][24]

Available languages

TechCrunch is currently available in English, Chinese[25] and Japanese.[26] It had a French edition, which was folded into[27]


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  6. AOL Corporate Blog. "AOL to acquire TechCrunch network of sites".
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  8. Business Insider. "AOL Insider Says TechCrunch Price Only $25 Million – CNBC Says $40 Million".
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  10. "The first TechCrunch Disrupt New York".
  11. Butcher, Mike (10 March 2014). "TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Comes To London, 18-21 October". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  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".
  16. "TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) - Twitter".
  17. "TechCrunch". Facebook.
  18. 1 2 3 ‘Silicon Valley’ Fact Check: HBO Nails TechCrunch Disrupt All the Way Down to the Nametags by Molly Mushine June 2014
  19. "'Titstare' app at Techcrunch: women in tech deserve better | Amy Gray | Comment is free". The Guardian. London. 2013-09-08. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  20. Ben Grubb. "TechCrunch forced to apologise over Sydney duo's 'Titstare' app". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  21. Marcotte, Amanda (2013-09-09). "Titstare app at TechCrunch Disrupt: What would a tech conference be without the sexism?". Slate. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  22. New York Times. "Michael Arrington's Audacious Adventure".
  23. Kara Swisher, AllThingsD. "Sarah Lacy Debuts New Tech Site, PandoDaily — $2M+ in Funding and Guess Who's Working for Her?".
  24. AdWeek. "TechCruncher Quits, Slams New Editor—On TechCrunch".
  25. Ned Desmond. "TechCrunch Returns To China, For Keeps, COO of TechCrunch and CrunchBase and General Manager of AOL Tech".
  26. Iwamoto Yutaira. "TechCrunch Tokyo 2012, CNet Editor".
  27. Mike Butcher. "TechCrunch France Integrates With".

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