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TechCrunch is an American online publisher of technology industry news founded in 2005 by Archimedes Ventures whose partners were Michael Arrington and Keith Teare.[4] It reports on the business of tech, tech news, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products.

History[edit]

TechCrunch was founded in June 2005 by Archimedes Ventures - the Partners were Michael Arrington and Keith Teare.[4] In 2010, AOLacquired the company for approximately $25 million.[5]

Controversy[edit]

A scandal erupted over the Titstare application, created by participants in a hackathon at Disrupt 2013.[6][7][8]

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.[9] The controversy that ensued eventually led to Arrington's departure, and other writers, including Paul Carr and Sarah Lacy, followed suit.[10][11]

Products[edit]

TechCrunch Disrupt[edit]

First held in 2011, TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual tech conference hosted by TechCrunch in San Francisco,[12] New York City,[13] and Europe (London or Berlin).[14] It also happened once in Beijing in 2011.[15]

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,[16] Beam,[17] Vurb,[18] Trello,[19] Mint,[20] Yammer,[21] and Crate.io.[22]

Crunchbase[edit]

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.[citation needed] The company claims to have more than 50,000 active contributors on its platform.[23] 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.[citation needed]

In 2013, Crunchbase claimed to have 2 million users accessing its database each month.[24]

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.[25]

In 2015, Crunchbase spun out of AOL/Verizon/TechCrunch to become a private entity, and is no longer a part of TechCrunch.[26]

Crunchies[edit]

In 2008, TechCrunch started The Crunchies award ceremony, which celebrates the "most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year".[27] 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".[28] 2016 was also the first year awarding the Diversity Award.[29]

Public persona[edit]

TechCrunch has more than 10.07 million followers on Twitter,[30] and more than 2.8 million likes on Facebook as of February 2018.[31]

In 2014, TechCrunch Disrupt was featured in an arc of the HBO series Silicon Valley.[32] The characters' startup "Pied Piper" participates on a startup battle at TechCrunch Disrupt.[32]

Available languages[edit]

TechCrunch is currently available in English, Chinese[33] and Japanese.[34] It had a French edition, which was folded into[clarification needed] TechCrunch.com.[35]

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