Lots of questions about the PandoDaily situation. To be completely honest, I’m a bit surprised by how this went down. I think Michael’s response is appropriate.
The problem seemed to be us participating in TechCrunch Disrupt (and I assume more Michael than myself since I’m still a TechCrunch contributor). But we both speak at a lot of conferences. And I view it as valuable that we speak at a lot of conferences — for both us as a brand and our portfolio companies.
I still think PandoDaily has an opportunity to evolve the tech blogging space. Unfortunately, it won’t be with myself or Michael involved in an editorial capacity. Oh well. Plenty of other places to write on the Internet. Like right here, for example.
A few weeks ago, Jeremiah Owyang wrote the provocative ”The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over”. Naturally, the tech press jumped all over it. One of those was my former TechCrunch colleague Sarah Lacy. In her post, “Golden Age of Tech Blogging Done? I Couldn’t Disagree More”, she outlined why she felt we are poised to enter one of the most exciting periods yet in the space.
And for good reason. She was in the midst of working on something. Something meant to evolve the space. Today she’s launching it: PandoDaily.
I actually don’t think what Jeremiah and Sarah wrote is as far apart as their titles may seem. The tech blogging space, of course, isn’t over — but it is evolving rapidly. All the evidence you need of this is the sheer amount of turnover in the ecosystem in recent months. Nearly all of the people I know in the game have now worked for at least two sites (including myself) — many of them three or even more.