Michael Arrington’s resignation earlier this week from TechCrunch, left some wondering where he would stand now as a blogger.
That question was put to rest when he tweeted early Thursday morning that he will be launching a "new (personal) blog in a couple days.”
And then a few minutes earlier, in what could be seen as a dig aimed at his former employer AOL, which acquired TechCrunch in 2010, he tweeted "network effects will beat IP every time." There is no doubt that Arrington has the personal, social and professional network - and the personality to boot - so whatever he will write will generate interest.
But AOL has TechCrunch.
Nevertheless, with or without its original founder, TechCrunch is now solidly established as a powerful brand, though it may suffer from Arrington's leaving. For Arrington, this latest development must be slightly unsettling and obviously his resignation didn’t come easy.
“This is my baby and I built this,” he said during his appearance earlier this week at TechDisrupt conference.
Many questions remain unanswered about Arrington’s new blog. Calling it a “personal” blog versus a business blog makes me wonder if he will stay away from breaking news and mostly writes columns. Maybe he will talk about his personal investment.
One thing's for sure, however, whatever he does next: his tone and personality haven’t softened a bit. When asked on Twitter by Jason Hirschhorn, former President of MySpace, Sling Media and Chief Digital Officer of MTV Networks, what he thought about the SEC’s latest stand over powerful bloggers that may be branded as insider traders, Arrington tweeted back, “@JasonHirschhorn@Betabeat Screw that. Let me introduce you to the first fucking amendment to our constitution.” That’s pure Arrington.
Even though AOL made the official announcement Monday morning about Arrington’s resignation on its TechCrunch website, all ears and eyes were on Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week. On stage, he said, “I want to clear the air about all the drama," surrounding his investment fund, and his employment status at AOL. Arrington went on, “I will continue to run the CrunchFund and AOL will remain a partner in CrunchFund. I will continue to support this conference and TechCrunch over time.”
“So, it’s a sad day.”
But, as AOL said in their statement, Arrington has decided to “move on.” And he is.
Noticeably quiet on the matter of Arrington’s resignation has been Erick Schonfeld, the new editor of TechCrunch who joined TechCrunch in 2007.
No doubt in my mind, that Arrington’s new blog will be widely read and scrutinized. I've reached out to Arrington to find out the name of his new blog, but haven't yet heard back.