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.

Type of site
Technology news and analysis
Available inEnglish, Chinese, French, Japanese
HeadquartersBay Area, United States
OwnerAOL (2010–2017)
Verizon Media (2017–present)
Created byMichael Arrington, Keith Teare
EditorMatthew Panzarino
Alexa rank 1229 (August 2019)[1]
LaunchedJune 10, 2005 (2005-06-10)[2]
Current statusActive

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

First held in 2011 in Beijing,[5] TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual tech conference hosted by TechCrunch in San Francisco,[6] New York City,[7] and Europe (London or Berlin).[8]

TechCrunch Disrupt hosts an event called Startup Battlefield at its conferences where startups sign up to pitch their business ideas on a stage in front of venture capital investors, media and other interested parties for prize money and publicity. Past participants include Dropbox,[9] Beam,[10] Vurb,[11] Trello,[12] Mint,[13] Yammer,[14] and[15]


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. The company claims to have more than 50,000 active contributors on its platform.[16] 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.

In 2013, Crunchbase claimed to have 2 million users accessing its database each month.[17]

AOL is in dispute with start-up Pro Populi over that group's use of the entire Crunchbase dataset in apps that Pro Populi has developed, one of which is known as People+. Pro Populi is being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.[18]

In 2015, Crunchbase spun out of AOL/Verizon/TechCrunch to become a private entity, and is no longer a part of TechCrunch.[19]


In 2008, TechCrunch started The Crunchies award ceremony, which celebrates the "most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year".[20] Techcrunch often creates a list of the top startups and the funding they received. Twelve categories have been awarded in 2016, including "Best New Startup", "Best Overall Startup", and "Best Mobile App".[21] 2016 was also the first year awarding the Diversity Award.[22]

In 2017, TechCrunch announced they were ending the Crunchies.[23]

Extra Crunch

In 2019, TechCrunch launched a subscription product called Extra Crunch featuring in-depth entrepreneurial profiles, startup how-to guides, and an ad-free reading experience. [24]

Public persona

TechCrunch has more than 10.1 million followers on Twitter,[25] and more than 2.8 million likes on Facebook as of September 2019.[26]

In 2014, TechCrunch Disrupt was featured in an arc of the HBO series Silicon Valley.[27] The characters' startup "Pied Piper" participates on a startup battle at TechCrunch Disrupt.[27]

Available languages

TechCrunch is currently available in English, Chinese (managed by TechNode),[28] and Japanese.[29] It had a French edition, which was folded into[30]


A scandal erupted over the Titstare application, created by participants in a hackathon at Disrupt 2013.[31][32][33]

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.[34] The controversy that ensued eventually led to Arrington's departure, and other writers, including Paul Carr and Sarah Lacy, followed suit.[35][36]


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  10. Dillet, Romain. "And the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 is… Beam". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  11. "Vurb". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
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  13. Butcher, Mike. "Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint, has unfinished business with AI". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
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  16. Lomas, Natasha. "With 50,000 Users & Double-Digit Monthly Revenue Growth, French Real-Time Alerts Startup Mention Raises $800K Flash Seed". TechCrunch. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
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  18. "AOL Smacks Startup for Using CrunchBase Content It Gave Away". Wired. November 5, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  19. "AOL/Verizon Completes Spinout Of CrunchBase Funded By Emergence Capital". TechCrunch. September 22, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  20. "Crunchies 2014". TechCrunch. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  21. "9th Annual Crunchies Awards". TechCrunch. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  22. Dickey, Megan Rose. "Meet The People Vying For The First-Ever Diversity Crunchie Award | TechCrunch". Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  23. 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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  27. Jack Smith IV (June 2, 2014). "'Silicon Valley' Fact Check: HBO Nails TechCrunch Disrupt All the Way Down to the Nametags".
  28. Ned Desmond. "TechCrunch Returns To China, For Keeps, COO of TechCrunch and CrunchBase and General Manager of AOL Tech".
  29. Iwamoto Yutaira. "TechCrunch Tokyo 2012, CNet Editor".
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  31. Gray, Amy (September 8, 2013). "'Titstare' app at Techcrunch: women in tech deserve better". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
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  34. David Carr (September 5, 2011). "Michael Arrington's Audacious Adventure". The New York Times.
  35. Kara Swisher (January 16, 2012). "Sarah Lacy Debuts New Tech Site, PandoDaily — $2M+ in Funding and Guess Who's Working for Her?". AllThingsD.
  36. Anthony Ha (September 16, 2011). "TechCruncher Quits, Slams New Editor—On TechCrunch". AdWeek.

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