So I Left TechCrunch Today

May 6, 2008

More here. Some really nice words from Michael.

The thing that’s surprised me about this is it didn’t leak in a month. Probably helps that I didn’t tell all but a few people, but it’s cool knowing that in the age of uber-gossip it never leaked.

The video below covers more (serious NSFW language warning…I no longer have to watch my f*cks quite so much). The key points: 1. I want my weekends back (although it wont happen for sometime, but at least I have control over that aspect 2. I’m a little tired (the whole Louis Gray thing being case in point) 3. I feel that if I’m going to kill myself doing this (blogging) it should be building something I own or have a stake in.

The other news is that I’ve soft launched the new site The Inquisitr. More details here. It still needs some tweaking and I wont be going hell for leather posting until the morning (still clearing up some TC stuff…and I need some beer 🙂 ). It goes without saying that I’m excited about it, and I believe the mix of tech, pop and funny stuff is pretty unique. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll have more to say on that in the coming weeks.

My thanks to all those people who sent well wishes across when the news broke. I’m stoked and humbled by the response.

33 responses to So I Left TechCrunch Today

  1. Will definately miss u on TC ;(

  2. The very best of luck Duncan, looking forward to following you on The Inquisitr

  3. Sharon Greenfield May 6, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    I’m stoked to see what you do with Inquisitr. Snark has always been born of the writhing mass that is pop culture. I demand more Anne Hathaway lesbian rumours!

  4. Well done Duncan, wish you all the best.

  5. You never cease to amaze me, Duncan. You know I’m a permanent reader/viewer of yours. Been following your stuff since early 2004 and will continue.

    Took a look at the Inquisitr site and have a feeling it’ll be one of my top daily reads.

    Watch out for an email from me in a few days 😉

  6. All the best for the new site, Duncan – you know I’ll be watching – no doubt there’ll be the odd chair sniffing story. 😉

  7. I enjoyed reading your posts on TC. They definitely added some humour and colour to the blog. Good luck with your new site.

  8. Congrats on being the most prolific (controversial/commentbaiting?) editor at TC. 🙂

    Wishing you all the best in your new venture. I am sure that once again you’ll manage it to build something awesome, Duncan.

  9. Best of luck dude!
    Hit those yanks for a six!

  10. TC can’t afford writers..nice.

    It’s Bubble time:)

  11. Enjoyed your TC posts. Best of luck with your new venture!

  12. Duncan,
    I’ve really loved reading your posts on TechCrunch and will miss your imput on the site. Looking forward to The Inquisitr and continuing to follow your posts here.

    Warm regards and much continued success,

  13. Looking forward to reading Good luck.

  14. Thank Christ. Less of the internet being exposed to your failure is a net positive.

  15. Wish you the best mate and I’ve already grabbed the Inquisitr feed to see what happens with your new venture.

  16. Duncan – you had some of the more entertaining and informative posts at TC which I’ll miss. Looking forward to the!

  17. Keith Shepard May 6, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Good luck in the future. I’ve always enjoyed your TC writing and will follow your other endeavors.

    After the whole Louis Gray deal, I thought something like this might happen. I’m sure there was some ostracism toward you among the larger Tech bloggers. That might be tough to handle after awhile.

    I look forward to you future writings. Cheers of America. 🙂

  18. I sent Duncan an e-mail last night, and absolutely wish him well. I am already an RSS subscriber to the Inquisitr and look forward to another great news site. This is an aggressive industry and its unlikely those of us participating can emerge bruise-free. The industry is small, and I expect to be pleased to finally meet Duncan at an upcoming event, panel, podcast… you name it, when that time comes.

    Good luck, Duncan. Keep staying aggressive.

  19. I must admit I read most of your posts at TechCrunch, and for some unknown reason I’ll never forget your undercover escapades in SecondLife. The occasional Lolcats were also some special moments. I’ll surely miss those. Good luck with your new “gig”.

  20. Srinagesh Eranki May 7, 2008 at 5:03 am

    All the very best, Duncan.

    All the best with the Inquisitr and all other future ventures ..

  21. Wow, so it’s not just little old blogger me who is quite fried with cranking out the work 7 days a week!

    I’m starting to hear this a lot; Chris Brogan blogged about saying NO just in the last day or so. Lots of us looking to get more of a life….

    Congratulations on all of your TechCrunch successes and good luck with the new venture. The “South Pacific” soundtrack is probably getting a pretty good workout these days, right? 🙂

  22. I’m subscribing to Inquisitr. You definitely were one of the more controversial TC writers.

  23. I like it already…
    Just read “The Day The Music Was Set Free?¢‚Ǩ¬ù
    The mix and tone is refreshingly odd.

  24. This is bitter sweet news. I think Inquisitr sounds like a delicious mix, and it’s great to see that it is WordPress powered!

  25. Mazel Tov. I wonder if I should apply for your old job. Mike recently wrote that I was his friend…

  26. Aussie journalists live such interesting lives! All the best with Inquisitr, Duncan. I must say it looks great so far.


  27. i read about your depart on techcrunch. Good luck buddy.

  28. Is there a reason only the left channel of audio is coming out of the video. Might double check you settings. Besides that good luck in your endeavors.

  29. Completely late to this but congrats on your new project! Sending you writing vibes… OMMMMMm…

  30. Good luck and hope your project ends well, we will miss your posts.
    Best Regards,
    Cheryl Beckham

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