"Imploded"

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Right off the bat: I have absolutely no idea if what Business Insider is reporting is true, that my former TechCrunch coworkers, the lovely author and journalist Sarah Lacy and founder Michael Arrington, are supposedly preparing the launch of a TechCrunch competitor of some sorts.

I wouldn’t be terribly surprised, though, and I say the more unique blogs covering technology entrepreneurs and startups, the merrier.

But I couldn’t help but smile (and get slightly annoyed) with the way Business Insider, evidenty also a TechCrunch competitor of some sorts, reported the rumor.

I quote:

“Lacy is working on starting a new tech news site, according to multiple sources.

Former TechCrunch editor and founder Mike Arrington is also involved.

A source close to the situation says the project will be “different” than TechCrunch because it will be Sarah’s site, not Mike’s site, and Sarah and Mike have different approaches. (Sarah is famous for her books and other long-form journalism, while Arrington is a consummate news-breaker and provocateur).

But the site is clearly hoping to fill the vacuum created when TechCrunch imploded a few months ago.”

TechCrunch imploded, creating a vacuum? In what universe?

I’m obviously biased, but I don’t think anyone with even the most basic understanding of what’s happening at TechCrunch would dare call it an implosion with a straight face.

For the record, we’re still numero uno on Techmeme, at about 10.50 percent with the second in the leaderboard ranking at 5 percent. Clearly, we’re falling apart! Sigh.

Yes, Arrington left, followed by MG Siegler, Paul Carr and Sarah Lacy.

Huge losses, no doubt, but a ‘vacuum’? Wishful thinking, I say.

Siegler is still a contributor, and people don’t often realize (or check) just how big – and awesome – our editorial staff really is (just look at the list of writers summed up below).

I think a real vacuum would occur when Jason Kincaid, Erick Schonfeld, Leena Rao, Alexia Tsotsis, Rip Empson, Sarah Perez, Greg Kumparak, Josh Constine, Mike Butcher, Serkan Toto, Eric Eldon, John Biggs, Matt Burns, Devin Coldewey, Jordan Crook, Chris Velazco, Roi Carthy, Vanessa Zainzinger, Steve Gillmor, Jon Orlin, Josh Zelman, Bryce Durbin, Steven Isaac, Elin Blesener, Ashley Pagan, John Murillo, Edouard Gasser, Aurelie Peruche, Julien Mechin, Cédric O’Neill, Renaud Euvrard, myself and everyone else who contributes to what gets published across the TechCrunch network, all suddenly decide to call it quits.

Until then, you may want to think twice before you say TechCrunch is dead in the water.

For what it’s worth, I welcome a little more competition, personally. But I dislike when outlandish claims are made without giving things a little thought (and research).

(Image courtesy of Flickr user fdecomite)

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5 thoughts on “"Imploded"

  1. I completely agree, a little more competition is always a good thing. However the idea of TechCrunch being dead in the water is so far from reality it makes no sense to me. TechCrunch is one of the hottest news sources in the world right now and it’s going to take more than one, two, or ten competitors to change that.It’s all about breaking news and writing great stories, and TechCrunch continues to do this with great writers like yourself!

  2. Unfortunately, much like every goddamn CD they ever mailed me seconds after its arrival, Techcrunch has indeed turned into AOL trash. After the last couple months of junk articles it has already been deleted from my bookmarks and nearly forgotten. AOL needs to just go die and stop ruining perfectly good web properties.

  3. Imploding. Not quite imploded yet, I think. As painful as it may sound, tech readers are loyal to writers and editors not to blogs, websites or companies. It’s about the people not companies. Sure TechCrunch has the same name and some of the same writers but it’s not quite the same as it was before AOL. (Speaking of which, do you really think MG Siegler will continue writing for TC? I doubt it). But unless TC starts hiring some very smart and connected editors and writers, it is in trouble. The AOL-TC brouhaha has made readers question the editorial integrity of TC, and that’s hard to repair.

  4. This is classic strategic tension in the media world: What has strategic value? The reporters with relationships that break stories or the marquee media properties that attracted those relationships in the first place? Granted, in Arrington’s case, he clearly built the property on his reporting acumen and entrepreneurial savvy. But what he did wasn’t rocket science. Clearly there was a great deal of acumen involved, but he was also at the right time as the valley recovered from Bubble 1.0. He was the right property focused on the right thing in the right way and he was able to grow TechCrunch into the monster that it is because of it. But, TechCrunch clearly has residual value. Mike did a good job creating a brand around it so that it ostensibly stands on its own two feet. Startups will still pitch TC because of its visibility. Anyone occupying a seat there will build relationships because of this activity and TC has a shot at rebuilding a core of reporters who have similar savvy and connections as Mike and the others had. But this is all in theory.The reality is that TC will have to execute to replace the network of connections and understanding of the market they lost with the departure of Mike & Co. But if TC knuckles down, throws more great conferences, helps startups get visibility and can grow eyeballs, then it could have a good shot at survival.I’m many of the existing correspondents have a great deal of connections and understanding of the market. Often, in this type of situation, they’re just waiting for the people above them to clear out so they can demonstrate their capabilities anyways. If needed, TC could hire someone like a Robert Scoble or other personalities that already have a deep roster of contacts to help shore up their exposure.I think it’s in Henry’s interests to put a fork into TC. There is nothing wrong with a little bare-knuckled competition in the media business. Sure he presented a biased characterization of TC’s position, but now it’s up to TC to defend and grow its position.

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