Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington, a former corporate attorney who, via his TechCrunch blog, has become one of the most influential figures on the Web, is the quintessential blogger: intense, passionate, consumed with his subject, opinionated, sleep-deprived, forward-thinking, easy to irritate and apt to air his grudges in public. Arrington’s vast network of Silicon Valley sources—many gained through his legendary parties—allows him to be ahead of the tech-biz curve and often play Web 2.0 kingmaker.


J. Michael Arrington (born March 13, 1970 in Huntington Beach, California) is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of TechCrunch, a blog covering startups and technology news.

Arrington attended Claremont McKenna College (BA Economics, 1992) and Stanford Law School (JD, 1995), and practiced as a corporate and securities lawyer at two law firms: O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His clients included idealab, Netscape, Pixar, Apple and a number of startups, venture funds and investment banks. He also co-authored a book on initial public offerings.

In 1999, he left WSGR to join RealNames as VP of Business Development and General Counsel. In 2000, he cofounded Achex, an online payments company, that was later acquired by First Data Corp for $32 million. Achex is now the back end infrastructure to Western Union online.

Arrington worked in an operational role at a Carlyle backed startup in London, founded and ran two companies in Canada (Zip.ca and Pool.com), was COO to a Kleiner-backed company called Razorgator, and consulted to other companies, including Verisign.

In May 2008, Time Magazine named Michael Arrington as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
Likealittle 2 6/11 Series A $5M 4
Snapguide 3 6/11 Venture Round $2M 6
Zaarly 4 3/11 Seed $1M 7
Seesmic 5 11/07 Series A $6M 13
DanceJam 6 5/07 Angel $1M 8
Omnidrive 7 12/06 Angel $800k 4
Dogster 8 9/06 Angel $1M 8

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