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November 19, 2007



Wow... this is a blistering write up. I will say that Arrington is not the nicest guy in the world. I have met him on several occasions and he tends to make everyone, other than his immediate friends, feel like they are bothering him. It's too bad, b/c he has a lot of influence and could really carve out a piece of web history for himself if he would just be pleasant.

There is no excuse for constantly being a jerk; however, it should be noted that Arrington is constantly harassed. Entrepreneurs show up at his door step unannounced on a weekly basis pitching their companies. There are stories of people actually breaking into his home to get his attention. Like all media stars, hollywood or web 2.0, there is a reason people get pissy.

James Dmitriavitch

Yes, it is common knowledge within the community that Arrington is a 1st rate prick. No one actually likes him.

I've heard from a very reliable TechCrunch inside source that he didn't touch a breast until senior year of college and didn't lose his virginity until after he sold his first company.

I guess thats the fate of a little prick with a big mouth.


Ew. This guy sounds like a total waste of time, insecure in his own success, as fickle a fraudulent politician. For me, it's not how you become successful that counts, it's what you do with your success once you get it that truly matters. The blogosphere rolls wide Ryan, no need for talent like yours to go to waste on guys like this.
It's like they say, if you can't find an example to follow, blaze a trail yourself.


Here's a thought: Maybe Arrington is a good pal of that Kevin Troy over at the Gypsy Bar. The other day, Arrington reads your blog, and raging at your suggestion that racial profiling occurs at the door of that fine establishment, he throws on his best pair of sneakers (so he can get into GB), runs over there, and has an animated chat with Troy to plot their revenge against you. And wouldn't you know it, you show up at Arrington's party and there he gets his chance! Maybe mockery is a form of flattery...?

Dean Whitney

I was just telling my wife today that I should have gotten a photo with him for my blog, now I'm glad I didn't. As Woody Allen said, "90% of success is showing up".


Hum . . . too bad about this guy. I don't know anything about the blogging world, except from reading yours and a coupla other blogs. I'm not surprised that there are jerks who act as foolishly as this guy did. Funny thing, in MY world (academia) there are very very few such people, apart from sine insecure grad students who tend to grow more secure when they get their own ideas. The really brilliant folks who've been around a decade or two are incredibly nice, open, genuine. But then, they have ideas, like to talk about them and hear your thoughts. So maybe this ArrogantArrington needs to take a few more years/decades to do some growing up, get used to being secure with who(ever) he is. Just a thought.

Freddie Sirmans

Ryan I think you look so nice in your photo with Arrington. What a great smile in you purple attire. You look great. Wishing you the best always, an admirer.

Lewis Green


Thank you for sharing. I am sorry you had such a terrible experience. But to Valeska's point, please don't accure business people of being arrogant SOBs. I am one and know hundreds of wealthy, smart, successful business people, and hundreds more trying to make a decent living for themselves and their families. All of them are very kind and considerate. Arrington is not an example of what most business people are like.

Andy Nulman


David Reich

Thanks, Ryan, for the heads up. I haven't read this guy's stuff, but you can be sure I never will now. There are enough very smart people out there who are actually nice, so we don't have to deal with arrogant people who are nasty.

Thanks for calling this guy out.

Now let's hope he doesn't come to Blogger Social.


Lewis - I don't think all businessmen are SOBs. I like businessmen. I think Arrington is a very bad representation of one, to tell you the truth.

David - but it'd be oh so much fun to give him the boot... :)

Bob Glaza

Bravo, Ryan, for sharing your story. Sorry the guy was such a drag. And one "former" reader leads to two "former" readers then three...well, you get the idea. Keep up your good work!

Luc Debaisieux - mindblob


Thank you for sharing this openly with engagement and honesty. What shocks me is the distance between your smile (obviously sincere) and what happened after that instant. It must have been quite unpleasant to push you into writing this post. I'm really sorry about that bad experience.

Besides the rude attitude he had (NO excuse for that), there is no conversation possible if one is not listening. Unfortunately he missed that. Not to mention he's missing an opportunity to jump into this conversation as well. Geee... BTW, I wonder what all the people who read your post and decided not to comment thought about all this. Sometimes I think silence is just not fair, like being a star and being rude just not fair.

Wondering : how are people selecting the conversations they want to join in?

Once again... thank you for sharing and for your honesty. I'm really glad to meet you at BS08. : )

C. B. Whittemore

Yikes, Ryan. What a nasty experience. Good on you for blogging about it.

Mark Blair

Wow. What a jerk. Thanks for sharing and for posting that really telling picture -- just looking at his eyes and expression in it say a lot. It really gave me a fresh perspective on Techcrunch.

g. kofi annan

Kudos to you Ryan for communicating your experience through your blog. After all that's what blogs are for.

It just goes to show how power and money only ampifies a person's true character. The good AND the bad!


Ryan - Success with grace and kindness goes further than success with arrogance. The word spins in strange ways; tuck this away and bring it out when you are in a similar position to make an impact on a young person starting her career. Very sad that Michael missed an opportunity to make a real difference.

Arun Rajagopal

Dear Ryan:
Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm looking at the bright side - everyone who has read this post will walk away feeling more enriched knowing the value of humility. You have taught us the true worth of humility using a personal negative experience. So, kudos to you.
See you at BS'08.

Manny Stevens

I can't speak to the validity of Ryan's story, but it looks like the picture tells it all. In Malcolm Gladwell's book "Blink", he describes Micro Expressions that flit across your face and indicate inner thoughts. This one looks more like a Milli-Expression, although seems to indicate true character: Arrogance and Condescension. Can you imagine what its like to work with this guy?

Gavin Heaton

Hey Ryan ... as WH Auden says, "We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know".

It is a shame, because we are all empowered by a kind word -- and giving them is free. Taking them back can never be. As Toby says, file this away and remember it when you are at the top of your tree. Good on you for writing it up.

Shaping Youth

Treating you as if you were paparazzi? Sadly, this is what I call the 'collecting people as coins' behavior, where people invite you into a circle if they 'need that certain coin' (blog cred, eye candy, media clout, gender/race tokenism etc.)and flippantly discard it to go on to the next shiny penny.

I've had this courting/dumping behavioral spiral show up from nonprofit do-gooders as well as corporate/biz folks, and keep trying to take the high road when people USE me for their gain, even though I'm seething inside.

I have a biz/betrayal legal story from a fellow-do-gooder that I'd LOVE to go public with, but am biting my tongue per Gavin's advice as well as my nonprofit board, who reminds me this is a long haul not a sprint.

Truthfully? I struggle with it daily, waiting to see if the perpetrator will ever get an ethical clue, and in all candor, wish I could post the truth of my experience just like you did...but I'm under a self-imposed gag order because it's just too messy to clean up all who will be in the blast zone, as it will take my org 'off-topic' and derail my bigger cause...

I'm reminded of the Japanese proverb "The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour."

By giving us all a 'heads up,' I'm guessing Arrington's rep for 'conduct unbecoming' will travel through the blogosphere, with 999 years to go. ;-)


What an ass! I hate that guy so much!


Wow. Just wow. And I have to say, I love your opening line.

Subscribed and blogging this one. You're the reason I love discovering new blogs.


It's only start up enterpreneurs that buy into Arrington's powerhouse image. Insiders and people who've been in the business and have as good of connections know he's not the wheeler and dealer everybody thinks he is. He's connected in plenty of ways, but no more than anybody else in the Silicon Valley. TechCrunch was the MySpace of blogging. It isn't hard to be the bright star when the rest of the room isn't lit up yet.

His treatment of people has nothing to do with entrepreneurs coming to his door or bothering him. He's always been known to be an egotistical, emotional and rude person.


It's obvious that Arrington has no game with the ladies. He's simply a tool that likes to stroke his own ego. Money can't buy coolness or likability.

Sadly, this is all too common among Silicon Valley's blowhards. They fail to realize they are nothing in the offline world.

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