Michael Arrington sells his business to AOL.
It’s official. AOL has purchased TechCrunch.
TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington spent much of the five or so years directly before starting the blog bouncing around in the domain name industry. In 1999-2000 he worked for Real Names, which was supposed to be a competitor to domain names but ended up being more like a search engine placement service. In 2001 he worked for Global Name Registry, the .name registry, for about 8 months. Finally in 2003-2004 he worked for expired domain service Pool.com.
Arrington has been a vocal critic of the domain name industry since leaving, calling it “dirty”. He got into a comment war with Frank Schilling in 2007 when Schilling called him out for his change in attitude about the domain business. Arrington labeled Schilling “king of the squatters.” After a back and forth between the two, Arrington deleted the comments.