Michael Arrington Quotes

Michael Arrington Quotes.

If AOL had ever ordered me to remove a piece of content

If AOL had ever ordered me to remove a piece of content from the site for any reason, I would have immediately written about it and disclosed the situation to our readers. And if I had ever ordered a writer to remove content, I would have expected that writer to have done the same to me.
Michael Arrington
For the most part, I’ve sat on the sidelines over the years during the endless debates about how we need to do more to encourage more women to start companies.
Michael Arrington
I’m a creature of startups. For example, I don’t want government interference in the startup ecosystem.
Michael Arrington
Just pick a political story at random and read the comments. There is no logic or reason on either side – only hypocrisy and hate.
Michael Arrington
Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.
Michael Arrington
If a tech journalist needs financial security before doing what their conscience dictates, I’m not sure they should be calling themselves journalists at all.
Michael Arrington
Most people have an aversion to risk, my college economics professor told me. Which means they have to be rewarded to take on that risk. The higher the risk, the higher the possible payout has to be for people to jump.
Michael Arrington
Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining
Michael Arrington
Talking about Apple v. Microsoft without mentioning the Internet and the browser is like talking about WWII without talking about the nuke. Framing the conversation just in terms of open v. closed operating systems, the quality of the hardware or software or who the CEO was, is silly.
Michael Arrington
Journalists are supposed to put the people first, even before themselves. Around the world and throughout history, journalists have died to get the truth out.
Michael Arrington
Success in Silicon Valley, most would agree, is more merit-driven than almost any other place in the world. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what sex you are, what politics you support or what color you are. If your idea rocks and you can execute, you can change the world and/or get really, stinking rich.
Michael Arrington
I don’t claim to be a journalist. I hold myself to higher standards of transparency and disclosure.
Michael Arrington
Most of the money I make now comes from investments from CrunchFund. And the vast majority of that is what’s called carried interest.
Michael Arrington
I dont claim to be a journalist. I hold myself to higher standards of transparency and disclosure.
Michael Arrington
Our government is just way too interested in mucking around in Silicon Valley by creating and enforcing rules based on little or no understanding of the consequences.
Michael Arrington
If we want to get beyond this whole I’m-cool-because-I-care-about-women thing, what we really need to do is we have to start encouraging women to get engineering degrees in college.
Michael Arrington
If you want to build a startup that has a good chance of succeeding, don’t listen to me. Listen to Paul Graham and others who are applying tons of data to the idea of startup success. That will maximize your chance of being successful.
Michael Arrington
I live a fairly simple life, and that didnt change much after I sold TechCrunch in 2010. I didnt buy a new house or even a new car. The one thing I did splurge on was a boat. Nothing too fancy or large.
Michael Arrington
Before the Internet, all most people cared about was Office. And Office was really the only reason anyone wanted Windows machines instead of Macs.
Michael Arrington
One thing I know from personal experience, judges hate it when parties talk publicly about their cases. There are a lot of things about our criminal legal system that need to be changed, and this is just one of them. Prosecutors know how to play the press. Most defendants don’t.
Michael Arrington
I live a fairly simple life, and that didn’t change much after I sold TechCrunch in 2010. I didn’t buy a new house or even a new car. The one thing I did splurge on was a boat. Nothing too fancy or large.
Michael Arrington
The main thing to know about me is that I’m a champion of entrepreneurs and the startups they build. They are my rock stars. If in doubt, I side with them, and that’s clear from my writing.
Michael Arrington
The payouts for starting a business are just terrible when you account for risk. A tiny minority of entrepreneurs ever get rich. And the majority of entrepreneurs would probably make far more money, and have more stable personal relationships, if they just worked for someone else.
Michael Arrington
A business model that hasn’t been tried before is always interesting, even if it’s likely to fail.
Michael Arrington
Journalists hold themselves apart, and above, the common person. They have rules designed to ensure their objectivity and impartiality.
Michael Arrington
I love talking about taxes.
Michael Arrington
Customer research produces bland products. We’re producing a piece of art.
Michael Arrington
I want something completely new and different to happen, and lots of it. Stuff that makes us change the way we think about a market or the world. Something that inspires a new generation of crazy startups doing crazy things.
Michael Arrington
Our independence from AOL was so important to me that I negotiated an extremely odd provision in our purchase agreement that allowed me to disclose confidential information about AOL. It was their job never to give me that information. It was not my job to protect it in any way.
Michael Arrington
I remember endless Apple v. Windows debates in the early ’90s when I was in college. Macs were better machines, everyone said; the whole Office thing was a huge pain. It was difficult to transfer files between operating systems, and generally speaking, if you wanted to do Office stuff, you needed a Windows machine.
Michael Arrington
Leaving America means renouncing your citizenship, moving out of the country and leaving family and friends behind. You can retain your citizenship if you like, but you’ll still be away from loved ones and still be paying taxes. You lose all the good stuff about America and have to keep all the bad stuff.
Michael Arrington
Friendships and marriage are far more potent than financial conflicts.
Michael Arrington
Sometimes I have so many financial conflicts of interest that I can’t even keep them straight.
Michael Arrington
I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.
Michael Arrington
The problem isn’t that Silicon Valley is keeping women down or not doing enough to encourage female entrepreneurs. The opposite is true. No, the problem is that not enough women want to become entrepreneurs.
Michael Arrington