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About TechCrunch50 2010

May 11, 2010

As Michael Arrington pointed out today on TechCrunch , we’ve
parted ways (tear drop).

TechCrunch50 had a great three-year run, and I couldn’t be more proud
of not only the companies that launched at it, but also the team that
put it together. Alas, Mike and I are both strong personalities and we
had a different vision of where to take the conferences (and how to
split the not insignificant profits from it–but I digress).

Mike is doing TechCrunch Disrupt–his spin on TechCrunch50–in New
York City later this month, and I will be continuing my plain vanilla
vision of TechCrunch50 at a new event called simply Launch (or “The
Launch Conference” if you like) in early 2011 (date will be announced
shortly). I will be speaking at his Disrupt conference later this
month, and he will be speaking and covering mine. There are no hard
feelings. We’re still friends, and as such, I’m not going to do any
press or comment further on the dissolution of TechCrunch50. It’s
painful enough to see a legendary brand die in year three (tear drop).

As my father is prone to say, “it is what it is.”

If you’re interested in hearing more about the Launch conference you
can fill out this form here or email me: jason@calacanis.com.

all the best,