J. Michael Arrington is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of TechCrunch, a blog that covers startups and technology news.
Born in Huntington Beach, California, Arrington grew up in Huntington Beach, California and Surrey, England. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a major in economics.
In 1995, he went on to Stanford Law School. Arrington practiced corporate and securities law at 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 Corporation for $32 million.
Arrington also 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 the COO to a Kleiner-backed company called Razorgator, and was consulted to other companies, including Verisign.
In May 2008, Time Magazine named Michael Arrington as one of the world's 100 most influential people.
Sep 1, 2011 - Current (about 5 years)
May, 2011 - Current (over 5 years)
Board & Advisor Roles (4)Update
|Feb, 2015||Onfido||$4.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2014||GameAnalytics||$5.5M / Series A||CrunchFund|
|Jul, 2014||Opendoor||$9.95M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2013||Frontback||$3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2013||GameAnalytics||$2.5M / Seed||CrunchFund|
|Jun, 2011||Circle Inc||$5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2011||Snapguide||$2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2011||Zaarly||$1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2007||Seesmic||$6M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|May, 2007||DanceJam||$1M / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2006||Omnidrive||$800k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2006||Dogster||$1M / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jul 22, 2016||Hollywood Report - Peter Thiel Makes History at RNC: "I Am Proud to Be Gay"|
|Jun 13, 2016||TechCrunch - Come out to TechCrunch’s Summer Party at August Capital|
|Jun 13, 2016||Om Malik - Last Night at the Crunchies|
|Jun 3, 2016||TechCrunch - Tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital|
|May 27, 2016||New York Times (NYT) - Tech Titans Raise Their Guard, Pushing Back Against News Media|
|May 16, 2016||The Kernel - The rise and fall of FriendFeed, the social network that brought you the ‘Like’ button|
|May 11, 2016||TechCrunch - Soledad O’Brien is working on a sequel to her documentary about being black in Silicon Valley|
|Apr 20, 2016||Fortune - Michael Arrington Steps Back at CrunchFund|