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.
“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).
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