Blog Lords

And Another Crunch Bites the Dust: Editor-in-Chief Erick Schonfeld Is Out At TechCrunch, Long Live Eric Eldon

New TechCrunch editor Eric Eldon, in 2010

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. Read More

Seed Stage Slaughter

The Startup Death Watch


Here at Betabeat, we’re inundated with calls and emails from publicists who work for startups and founders who don’t have publicists. Most of the calls are cold, obviously part of a mass outreach effort, and frequently come from companies Betabeat wouldn’t cover, usually because they’re not based in New York. Often times the calls are invitations to events we aren’t interested in, like a talk about digital media that takes place in the middle of the day. Frequently the emails bear subject lines like, “New Online Trend” or “Tubalr, a new way of surfing YouTube and enjoying music” or “New app helps ‘break the ice’ at holiday gatherings” or “Localscope on sale for 5 days.”

Anyway, we know what TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld means when he says “the sheer number of new startups forming and getting funded these days is dizzying.” Read More

Blog Lords

Can Erick Schonfeld Keep the TechCrunch Swagger Alive?

Image via Flickr user jdlasica

For the last decade, Erick Schonfeld has been the lone wolf of tech media, working as the East Coast point man for tech publications headquartered in Silicon Valley “He’s the kind of reporter who can handle anything you throw at him, from a trendy Web 2.0 startup to a Fortune 100 titan,” said Josh Quittner, who was Mr. Schonfeld’s old boss at Business 2.0. “For us he played the one man band.”

The thirty-nine-year-old father of three lives in the suburbs near Chappaqua, forty five minutes north of New York City. (He left a tip on Foursquare about his morning commute from the Metro North station: “Get here early and snag a metered parking spot.”) Read More

Blog Lords

Parsing the TechCrunch Burn Book: Reactions to Paul Carr’s Resignation Bomb

Refresh, refresh, refresh.

Those of you who hopped on a plane without Wifi Friday evening can be forgiven for not keeping track of what AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher described as “pure twaddle wrapped in ridonkulous grandstanding.” First came TechCrunch writer Paul Carr’s lively public resignation letter. That was followed by newly-crowned TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld’s equally public resignation acceptance. And then, to pile it on, TechCrunch writer MG Siegeler offered a semi-private anti-Huffington IED because hey, it’s no fun if you can’t play too.

Digg’s Kevin Rose compared all the adolescent drama to “a LiveJournal page,” so put on some emo jams and join us, won’t you, as we flip through the pages of TechCrunch’s Burn Book. And, yes, for the most part, you’ll find it at the same URL where the professional tech blog used to be. Read More

End of an Era

Erick Schonfeld Cut a Side Deal With Arianna for TechCrunch Editorship, Paul Carr Says in Resignation Blog Post

Mr. Carr

Flabbergasts! New York-based TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, newly-named editor in chief of the site, has been accused. In a glorious resignation post, TechCrunch writer Paul Carr pointed a finger at the New Yorker: “While Heather, Mike and other senior editorial staffers were making a stand for the site’s editorial independence from The Huffington Post, Erick cut a side deal with Huffington to guarantee him the top job once Mike was gone.”

This information came from Mr. Arrington “and was later corroborated by more than one other person close to the situation,” Mr. Carr told Betabeat by email. “I don’t really want to say much more than that.”

Mr. Schonfeld appears to be on an airplane at the moment and did not respond to an email seeking comment. Read More