Damn, we thought for sure the next big exit from the ashes of the house that Arrington built was going to be Alexia Tsotsis, but it looks like heads are rolling closer to the top instead. Editor-in-chief Erick Schonfeld, the “man without hap” that many doubted could match Mike Arrington’s
bluster swagger, is out as editor-in-chief of TechCrunch.
In aberration from the typical TechCrunch good-bye post, which is becoming something of a genre, Mr. Schonfeld didn’t pen his own farewell. Rather it was written, mere minutes ago, by Ms. Tsotsis and her new boss, Eric Eldon. Mr. Eldon is a former editor at VentureBeat and, unlike Mr. Schonfeld’s promotion, it looks like ex-Crunchers approve.
On PandoDaily, MG Siegeler writes:
“The truth is that this is the perfect position for Eldon. From the Stanford Daily to Y Combinator to VentureBeat to Inside Network to now TechCrunch, he has pretty much all the aspects of Silicon Valley flowing through his veins. He has been a writer, an editor, and a two-time startup founder.”
On the phone with Betabeat, Mr. Eldon, who joined TechCrunch last November, said, “I’ve been reading TechCrunch since 2005. Most of the time I’ve been competing against it. Now I get to do something that I would have never imagined then — built it up.”
His introductory post offered a pointed description of what readers can expect from the new regime:
“We’re going to put our heads down and focus on the basics.
We’re going to continue building our team in Silicon Valley, hitting the mean streets of Silicon Valley to report on the entrepreneurs, investors, world-class tech companies, and everyone else that makes this ecosystem what it is.
You know, the stories that made TechCrunch your homepage back in 2005 when it was a personal blog written by Michael Arrington.” [Emphasis ours.]
We take it that means they’ll stop linking to other blogs that break tech news before them and demand ‘exclusives or else‘?
Along with the renewed editorial swagger, Mr. Eldon promised a more globally-minded expansion. “But it’s 2012 and the whole world is embracing tech entrepreneurship, so we’ll also grow our staff in other key cities in the US and around the world, too.”
As evidenced by the hurried post, however, the upset at the top was abrupt. “Things can change very quickly in the world of blogging, and Erick decided now is the best time for him to leave,” wrote Mr. Eldon. Rumor has it that that decision may have been made for him, but for now, everyone’s playing nice:
TechCrunch is in good hands. I’m very proud of the team I’ve built there techcrunch.com/2012/02/27/goo…
— Erick Schonfeld (@erickschonfeld) February 27, 2012
In the meantime, hide your bloggers, hide your wives:
Check out Betabeat’s profile, “Can Erick Schonfeld Keep the TechCrunch Swagger Alive?”