AOL Just Acquired TechCrunch

By Daniel Scocco

For those out there still wondering if a blog can be a viable online business, well, the largest tech blog on the web just got acquired by AOL, one of the largest Internet companies.

The sum was not disclosed, but rumors say it was between $30 and $50 million. Below is the video where they announced it on the TechCrunch Disrupt conference:

And here is the announcement post, where you can follow the story and see the comments from TC readers.

Congratulations to Mike and his team.


13 Responses to “AOL Just Acquired TechCrunch”

  • Blain Reinkensmeyer

    It is very apparent Michael Arrington has been wanting out for a while and now finally got his chance with AOL. Unfortunately for him he will need to wait 3 years before he can actually leave for good.

    I wonder what his actual take home pay day will be from this. Taxes alone are going to wipe out close to 50%.

  • Michael (MKR)

    So what do you think AOL will do with TechCrunch? Merge it into their own stuff, or keep it independent?

  • sohail

    @Michael TechCrunch team will still have the rights of editorial independence

  • Daniel Scocco

    Yeah I think they will keep it running with the current team, pretty much like they did with Engadget. The only difference is that the ad sales will be integrated now.

  • Robert Latchford

    How many people actually work for TechCrunch?
    AOL after the traffic or content/community?

    Should be interesting to see what develops.

  • Vince

    This is exactly the power of having a good brand in blogs.

  • Farouk

    i would be happy to sell mine for 5 million only :DD

  • Asif

    That’s great news. Blog can be sold for millions.

  • Shaun @ UML

    That’s a nice pay day, just goes to show what’s possible online…

  • Puneet

    Have a look at Mike’s eyes. His Dark circles indicates he hadnt slept well since many days 😀
    Anyways – Best wished to TC Team.

  • Chris

    Does anyone know what price it sold for? But just proves that really anyone cam make it big in blogging just quality content and lots of it I mean there pumping out like a post an hour.

  • Steve @ Technology

    Gives all the bloggers some motivation that a company might come along with $40 million some day.

  • Virtual Avatar

    What is TechCrunch’s value before AOL buying them? For you, did they make the right decision for selling?

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