A little over four years ago, Eric Eldon sent me an email that changed my life. As an editor at VentureBeat, he was on the hunt for new talent to better compete with the likes of TechCrunch.
It’s funny how things work out sometimes.
Today, Eldon is taking the reins of TechCrunch as its new top editor. He will replace Erick Schonfeld, another colleague of mine for several years, who has stepped down.
The truth is that this is the perfect position for Eldon. From the Stanford Daily to Y Combinator to VentureBeat to Inside Network to now TechCrunch, he has pretty much all the aspects of Silicon Valley flowing through his veins. He has been a writer, an editor, and a two-time startup founder.
His new role will be his toughest challenge yet. He has to get TechCrunch back on track.
In the past six months, the tech blog has seen the departures of Michael Arrington, Paul Carr, Sarah Lacy, Vaughn Brown, Heather Harde, Greg Kumparak, Robin Wauters, and most recently, Jason Kincaid. (Yes, I stepped back as well several months ago, but I still write a weekly column for the site.) Just one of those individuals leaving would have been horrible news. All of them combined has left a gaping hole. There’s no way around saying that.
The good news is that despite the exodus, Eldon comes into his new position with a great core writing staff around him. Schonfeld did a nice job replenishing the roster in the past few months, including hiring Eldon.
But the sad fact of the matter is that sometimes the reset button needs to be hit — especially after such losses. Schonfeld knew it. AOL knew it. Eldon knew it. We all knew it.
And now it has been hit.
I’d personally like to thank Erick Schonfeld for all our time working together. And I’d like to congratulate Eric Eldon on his new role.
Eldon’s statement on the matter below:
Michael started TechCrunch just writing about random startups that he thought were interesting. He did it before most other people, and he did it amazingly well. He captured the imagination of entrepreneurs around the world, and he made the site the central destination for the modern web industry. He, Heather, Erick — MG, Sarah, etc — did an amazing job building the site to what it is today. Obviously we have a lot of work ahead of us, but the rest of the team and I get what the site is, what it has been, and what we need to do to push it forward.
Update: And here’s the TechCrunch post on the matter.
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