A little bit of the intenet’s past is passing.
When the two acquisitions of the week meet: AOL’s new purchase TechCrunch talking to the new CEO of SAY:Media:
The truth is I was tired. But I wasn’t tired of writing, or speaking at events. I was tired of our endless tech problems, our inability to find enough talented engineers who wanted to work, ultimately, on blog and CrunchBase software. And when we did find those engineers, as we so often did, how to keep them happy. Unlike most startups in Silicon Valley, the center of attention at TechCrunch is squarely on the writers. It’s certainly not an engineering driven company.
AOL has Blogsmith – the platform it runs its successful network of blogs on. And that’s one of the dirty secrets of the new age of publishing: it’s cheap and easy to get going, but once you hit a certain volume of success, it gets real hard to scale things well. Techcrunch has already outsourced a bunch of its technology: it’s running on the WordPress.com platform and using Disqus for comments. And, if we take Arrington at his word, that wasn’t enough to take the pressure off.