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Type of site
Technology news and analysis
Available inEnglish, Chinese, French, Japanese
HeadquartersBay Area, United States
OwnerAOL (2010–2017)
Oath (2017–2019)
Verizon Media (2019–present)
Created byMichael Arrington, Keith Teare
EditorMatthew Panzarino
Alexa rankPositive decrease 1,836 (April 2020)[1]
LaunchedJune 10, 2005; 15 years ago (2005-06-10)[2]
Current statusActive

TechCrunch is an American online publisher focusing on the tech industry. The company specifically reports on the business related to tech, technology news, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products. It was one of the earliest publications to report extensively on tech startups and funding.

TechCrunch was founded in June 2005 by Archimedes Ventures, led by partners Michael Arrington and Keith Teare.[3] In 2010, AOL acquired the company for approximately $25 million.[4][3]


TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch hosts an annual tech conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, that is hosted in several cities in the United States and Europe. Some notable startups that have been involved in the company's Startup Battlefield have been DropBox[5][6], Mint, and[7][8].[citation needed]


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] 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 2015, Crunchbase spun out of AOL/Verizon/TechCrunch to become a private entity, and is no longer a part of TechCrunch.[9]


In 2008, TechCrunch started The Crunchies award ceremony to award startups, internet and technology innovations each year.[10] Due to controversy surrounding the awards, TechCrunch announced in 2017 it would end the Crunchies.[11][12][13]

Public persona

TechCrunch has more than 10.2 million followers on Twitter,[14] and more than 2.8 million likes on Facebook as of September 2019.[15]

In 2014, TechCrunch Disrupt was featured in an arc of the HBO series Silicon Valley.[16] The characters' startup "Pied Piper" participates on a startup battle at TechCrunch Disrupt.[16]

Available languages

TechCrunch is currently available in English, Chinese (managed by TechNode),[17] and Japanese.[18] It had a French edition, which was folded into[clarification needed][19]


A scandal erupted over the Titstare application, created by participants in a hackathon at Disrupt 2013.[20][21][22]

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.[23] The controversy that ensued eventually led to Arrington's departure, and other writers, including Paul Carr and Sarah Lacy, followed suit.[24][25]


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  5. ^ || March 11, 2008, TechCrunch: Dropbox: The Online Storage Solution We’ve Been Waiting For?
  6. ^ || May 23, 2018, TechCrunch @ YouTube: Dropbox launches on the TechCrunch stage in 2008,
  7. ^ || Dylan Baker, Oct 22, 2014, UK Tech: Crate dominates Battlefield to take £30,000 prize
  8. ^ || Oct 20, 2014, BusinessWire: TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2014 Announces Startup Battlefield Finalists
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  11. ^ Stangel, Luke. "The Crunchies, where Silicon Valley went to be celebrated and skewered, is ending". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
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  16. ^ a b Jack Smith IV (June 2, 2014). "'Silicon Valley' Fact Check: HBO Nails TechCrunch Disrupt All the Way Down to the Nametags". The New York Observer.
  17. ^ Ned Desmond. "TechCrunch Returns To China, For Keeps, COO of TechCrunch and CrunchBase and General Manager of AOL Tech".
  18. ^ Iwamoto Yutaira. "TechCrunch Tokyo 2012, CNet Editor".
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  20. ^ Gray, Amy (September 8, 2013). "'Titstare' app at Techcrunch: women in tech deserve better". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  21. ^ Ben Grubb. "TechCrunch forced to apologise over Sydney duo's 'Titstare' app". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  22. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (September 9, 2013). "Titstare app at TechCrunch Disrupt: What would a tech conference be without the sexism?". Slate. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  23. ^ David Carr (September 5, 2011). "Michael Arrington's Audacious Adventure". The New York Times.
  24. ^ Kara Swisher (January 16, 2012). "Sarah Lacy Debuts New Tech Site, PandoDaily — $2M+ in Funding and Guess Who's Working for Her?". AllThingsD.
  25. ^ Anthony Ha (September 16, 2011). "TechCruncher Quits, Slams New Editor—On TechCrunch". Adweek.