Several years ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kyle Wiggers, the co-founder and editor of TechCrunch. We talked about his career at the site, and his interests outside of it.
Career at TechCrunch
Founded on June 11, 2005, TechCrunch is an online media company that covers technology news. It is the world’s leading source of emerging technology information and reviews the latest internet products. The company also hosts major conferences and meet-ups around the world. TechCrunch has an active community of over 2 million social media followers. It has a diverse staff of volunteers and provides a voice for the tech scene.
TechCrunch’s mission is to tell the stories behind the stories. Its writers cover emerging startups, investors, and entrepreneurs. It also reviews internet products and provides analysis on tech companies. It is also the site of the Crunchies Awards, a tech industry awards ceremony. The company also covers venture capital funding rounds.
TechCrunch has partnered with Greylock Partners for the third year in a row. For this year’s event, they invited 18 underrepresented entrepreneurs from different industries to meet with investors. The investors held 20-minute one-on-one meetings with the founders. These investors include women, Native Americans, and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. They will also host a tech:Women exhibit, which will feature portraits of female founders of disruptive companies.
TechCrunch’s writers have to be proactive and can cut through the noise to deliver news quickly. They also need to know how to speak with engineers, designers, investors, and founders.
Interests outside of VentureBeat
Despite its name, VentureBeat doesn’t just cover VC backed tech and innovation. It also covers the latest in gaming, health tech and cloud tech. The site is also a useful resource for business decision makers. The site ranks companies, promotes product offerings to tech buyers and provides deep context for tech decisions.
As for the actual size of the site, it’s a relatively small one, with 6 million unique visitors monthly. While it’s not aimed at massive audiences, it does reach the most influential tech industry players. This is a good thing, as it’s a great place to network and engage with the venture capital community.
On top of its plethora of content, VentureBeat also has a surprisingly robust events calendar. In fact, it accounts for half of the site’s total revenue. They also have a number of notable conferences on their agenda, including the annual GameBeat Summit in Los Angeles. If you’re a tech buff with an eye for innovation, this is the place for you.
The site has a dedicated events team that manages the entire gamut of events. They’re also on the hunt for an AI event content guru. This person will be responsible for developing and implementing the VB’s AI event content strategy, while also working to secure AI related speakers for the VB’s events This new method of proton transport was able to transmit protons with greater efficiency than previous solid-state resistors.