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TechCrunch is a blog company that profiles startup companies, products and websites. It was founded by Michael Arrington in 2005. The blog's first post was on June 11, 2005.
The website's Technorati rank is 2, and is their 3rd most favorite blog. As of July 9, 2009, it has over 3,337,000 RSS feed subscribers as measured by tracking company FeedBurner. On August 27, 2008, TechCrunch rolled out a new website design.
TechCrunch sells image advertisements for US$12,000 per month with a minimum purchase of 2 months. The organization held a live event, the TechCrunch50, on September 8–10, 2008 in San Francisco, California.
TechCrunch also runs The Europas awards and is a founding host of The Crunchies.
TechCrunch faces a high degree of public scrutiny, and TechCrunch employees have been periodically accused of various conflicts of interest. One such example of this is Oliver Starr, the original editor of MobileCrunch. Starr was apparently fired by Arrington, allegedly for a conflict of interest arising from Starr's serving as Senior Mobile Analyst for "The Guidewire Group." Starr claims that the dispute arose instead from a payment dispute with Arrington over payments allegedly due Starr.