Yesterday the news broke that AOL had acquired TechCrunch, the technology-oriented and web properties community. A lot of speculation has been going around as to what will happen to the soul of TC and all the people that work there. In the post, Mike Arrington lays it all out on the line.
Arrington explains that nothing is going to change on the blog, they will continue to write and run it as they always have, and that is precisely what AOL wants them to do. He goes on to say that the thing that made the deal the most enticing is the fact that he himself would now have more time to contribute to posts with his writing instead of having to worry about “endless tech problems”. Since AOL runs “the largest blogging network in the world”, Mike and his team need only focus on things that make them great – their tech talk.
He says that he will be staying on for a “very, very long time” and that his staff have all been given good incentive to do the same. I for one am concerned about the future of TC, as it is definitely a daily read for me in my line of work. I know that TechCrunch has a huge and loyal following of techies and non-techies alike that would be very disheartened to see the site take a turn for the worst or become watered down to an AOL-praising series of daily love letters; Arrington assures us this will not be the case. With that said, I offer my humble congratulations to the Mike Arrington, AOL, and the entire TC team for the seemingly good fit!
Lets hope this brings about a stronger, more thriving TechCrunch!