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Posts Tagged ‘Erick Schonfeld’

TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington: Arianna Huffington is a ‘Touchy Psychopath’

TechCrunch found Michael Arrington, who was fired from the site he founded last September, is not pleased with what he perceives to be the decapitation of TechCrunch’s editorial team by Arianna Huffington. Arrington took to his blog yesterday to protest the recent firing of TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, calling Huffington “a very touchy psychopath conducting a game of musical chairs to the death.”

More from Arrington:

Arianna Huffington seems to enjoy fucking with TechCrunch in her leisure time. She put all her weight behind Schonfeld when I left. But within a few weeks the rumors were that she was furious at him for the way the news broke about MG Siegler joining CrunchFund.

I doubt Erick even realized, but he was a marked man from that day on. Yes, something that petty can piss her off…

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AOL Loses CTO, Top Engineer and TechCrunch EIC in Same Day

It’s been a rough week for AOL, and it’s only Tuesday. Yesterday Alex Gounares, CTO of AOL, Tim Dierks, Senior Vice President of Engineering, and Erick Schonfeld, Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch, all left the company.

Gounares had been with AOL since 2010. Since Dierks was hired by Gounares, All Things D reports that the two departures are connected. There is no word on who will replace Gounares, but Michael Manos will succeed Dierks.

TechCrunch, which also lost top reporter Jason Kincaid on Friday, announced that Eric Eldon will succeed Schonfeld.

A TechCrunch Departure

TechCrunch has lost Jason Kincaid, one of the site’s more popular writers. Kincaid has been with TechCrunch since 2008. Earlier today he tweeted, “Thank you to TechCrunch — and all of its readers — for an amazing four years,” and linked to a farewell post on his personal blog:

You’ll note that this post doesn’t have any coy allusions as to what I’ll be doing next. The truth is, I’m not really sure —I’m fortunate in that I have several options, but I promised myself that I wouldn’t make any decisions until after I’ve redeemed the dancing classes I purchased on Google Offers, which will take a few weeks.

So keep watching this space, should you be so inclined. With any luck, I should be busting some moves soon enough.

Erick Schonfeld, TechCrunch’s Editor-in-Chief, bid adieu to Kincaid a few hours later on the site. “Jason has many fans here among readers and the staff alike. He helped to define the character of TechCrunch during our formative years, and he will always be a part of our family,” wrote Schonfeld.

The Daily Approaches One Million Downloads

Michael Wolff might hate The Daily, but according to its Publisher, Greg Clayman, there are close to one million people who like it. Well, okay, one million downloads doesn’t mean one million people, but still, it’s a landmark achievement for the iPad newspaper.

Techcrunch reports that The Daily is doing well financially as well:

When asked by editor Erick Schonfeld whether or not the iPad app was doing well, Clayman revealed that it has been downloaded close to a million times, in the sixty days since its launch on February 2nd. ‘This puts us in the large pantheon of large news apps … We are consistently now in the top grossing apps, in the top ten or top twelve. Today we’re number three,’ Clayman said.

We patiently await Wolff’s rebuttal.

Village Voice Media Reports Their Blogs Get 40 Percent of All Pageviews

village-voice-media.gifAlmost half of all pageviews for Village Voice Media papers (which include the LA Weekly) are from blogs. That’s a big reveal on the future of the alt weeklies.

From Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch:

Bill Jensen, the director of new media who oversees all the Village Voice Media sites tells me that 40 percent of pageviews comes from the blogs on the sites, up from 20 percent a year ago. Some of the more popular ones include columnist Michael Musto‘s blog, Nikki Finke‘s Deadline Holywood Daily, and Topless Robot.

Of course, the sites feature music listings, restaurant reviews, and articles from the print editions as well, but the blogs are driving an increasing portion of the traffic. The online and print newsrooms are combined and everyone is expected to post on the Web. Long gone are the days when a music reviewer could attend a rock show and turn in his copy three days later. “I don’t care how drunk you are,” says Jensen, “you post by 9 AM.”

Via IWantMedia.com

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