Congratulations to TechCrunch, who announced yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt that they have been acquired by AOL.
I’ve been reading TechCrunch since before I knew I was going to do startups. Â It all started because my friend Blake Scholl was doing a startup, and I set up Google Reader to track TechCrunch so I would be sure to see when his company got coverage. Â At the time I was working for a Fortune 1000 shipping company as a business analyst, and had nothing to do with startups. Â I got addicted to reading the damn thing in the spring of 2007.
TechCrunch is the reason I found out about Twitter, Twitter is the reason I came to understand social media, and there were a few hundred steps more before I landed here in San Francisco to work on Twilio.
If you write in a paper journal, you might have noticed how the daily ritual becomes like a benchmark in your life. Â In a way, it gives you deja vu — but in another way it helps you mark the passing of time. Â Reading TechCrunch is like that for me.
I’m happy to for Michael Arrington and the whole team there, and I hope they get some much needed rest and a chance to celebrate this weekend with their friends and family after TechCrunch disrupt wraps up.