Michael Arrington: Nick Denton Is "Amoral"
Nobody is more obsessed with the doings of Silicon Valley than Michael Arrington, whose 2½-year-old website, TechCrunch.com, has become an international clearinghouse for gossip, rumor, and inside information about the internet business.
Arrington, 37, who left a lucrative career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer to become a cyberspace entrepreneur, runs TechCrunch from his rented house in Atherton, California, presiding over a tiny staff of bloggers and reporters who regularly reveal the secrets of life and death in an industry that produced Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and thousands of other startups that you've never heard of, because they crashed and burned into oblivion and lost billions of dollars for adrenaline-seeking venture capitalists.
"I look at entrepreneurs as, in a sense, modern-day pirates," Arrington told Portfolio.com this week in an exclusive interview.
The outspoken Arrington also gave his views on Microsoft's attempt to acquire Yahoo, Barry Diller's recent troubles, and how he has managed to generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue for himself and his partners by never taking a vacation.