Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Techcrunch venting

For those of you who don't know Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, he is a leading influencer among technology-focused bloggers. His reviews of new online applications have become a a formal launching process for start-ups. TechCrunch has become hugely popular because Michael doesn't hold back on his opinions, whether its effusive praise or scathing critique. (It's gone both ways for eBay/Paypal/Skype on TechCrunch)

That being said, his latest rant on Google mirrors my personal opinion. At some point a company's success has to be measured beyond PR-heavy product launches, with minimal to incremental impact. Sometimes you have to wonder if having a great (if blindingly loyal) fanbase can sometimes be as misleading to an organization as it can be supportive.


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