TechCrunch editor-at-large John Biggs spoke with us last week about Tech4Reporters, a tool designed to help busy reporters understand the technology they’re writing about. It’s a tool John funded himself and he gives it away. Why? He wants journalists to have access to tech experts who don’t expect positive publicity in return for their insights.
-- Updated Feb. 23, 2018 -- Contributed content is becoming harder than ever to place. Our one-of-a-kind list of gatekeepers is freshly scrubbed and augmented. It's the most popular page on our web site. Enjoy and good luck.
In Jan. 2016 Alex Wilhelm left a safe, good job at TechCrunch to build a news staff at Mattermark, a startup selling access to rich data on tech startups and investors. Alex is now at rival Crunchbase on a similar mission: infusing smart analysis with numbers that prove the case.
One week ago, TechCrunch showcased 23 lucky startups as part of TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield competition. The winner turned out to be an analytics company that helps gamers play better. The big news for PR -- how do TechCrunch reporters write about cool companies when their bosses say they're cool?
First there was "A/B testing," where a publisher would float two different headlines on their own site and go with the better one. That's still around, but nowadays it's all about "dark testing" on Facebook. TechCrunch does this, as do Refinery29, Fusion and many other titles that publish directly to the FB platform.
Former TechCrunch reporter Alex Wilhelm loves the challenge of his new job as editor-in-chief of Mattermark. "It's a combo of my old job -- writing, reporting and publishing, plus a new layer of [managerial] skills I've had to learn." Alex is on the hunt for smart contributed content -- that isn't ghost-written.