So I haven't said much about the demise of Business 2.0 or what I will be doing in the future (despite getting asked about it at least 50 times a day). I will leave the carcass-picking to others. But I will also be leaving the magazine business to others. As of next week, I will become co-editor of TechCrunch with Michael Arrington.
It's tough to leave a place like Time Inc. after 14 years. I often felt I had one of the best jobs in journalism—finding and writing about the smartest people on the planet. But over the past two years, as I had one foot in print and the other in the Web, the Web stuff just seemed to matter more—both to my readers and to me. So going all-digital seems like the natural thing to do.
I really do feel we are still at the very beginnings of what could become a vibrant Web media industry, with its own rules and its own consumption patterns. I can think of nothing more fun than trying to help Michael figure out what those rules are going to be and how to build a media company that can thrive under them. I'm just glad he trusts an old-media guy like me not to screw up what he's already built.
Beginning next week, I can be reached at erick at techcrunch. For my feed subscribers, if you are not already a TechCrunch reader, you can keep up with me here. And, oh yeah, I'm looking for some office space to sublet in lower Manhattan. Anyone with some good leads, please shoot me a line.