TechCrunch is a Silicon Valley based online publisher focusing on the tech industry. Founded in June 2005 by Archimedes Ventures, led by partners Michael Arrington and Keith Teare, TechCrunch was acquired by AOL in 2010 for approximately $25 million.
The company specifically reports on the business related to tech, technology news, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products. It was one of the earliest publications to report extensively on tech startups and funding.
From 2007 to 2015, TechCrunch operated Crunchbase, a database of the startup ecosystem, consisting of investors, incubators, start-ups, key people, funds, funding rounds and events. In 2015, Crunchbase spun out of AOL/Verizon/TechCrunch to become a private entity, and is no longer a formal part of TechCrunch.
In 2011, in Beijing, TechCrunch launched Disrupt, an annual tech conference now hosted in San Francisco, New York City, and Europe (London or Berlin).
TechCrunch Disrupt hosts an event where startups sign up to pitch their business ideas on a stage in front of venture capitalists, media, and other interested parties for prize money and publicity. Past participants include Dropbox, Beam (now Mixer), Vurb, Trello, Mint, and Yammer.