Michael Arrington received news a short while ago that he had hoped to never hear: long-time friend and mentor Steve Gillmor is leaving TechCrunch. Steve is the founding editor of TechCrunchIT, and has been writing about technology for more than thirty years.
Beginning Monday, Gillmor will be on the senior team at Salesforce. The founder of the company, Marc Benioff, reportedly recruited Steve himself. This explains Arrington’s harsh sentiment of “You bastard.” Michael acknowledges that the move will be an excellent opportunity for Steve, but that doesn’t mean he has to be happy about it. Michael – like many of us – listened to Steve on the Gillmor Gang long before TechCrunch itself came into existence.
I’m happy to see that Steve will continue writing for TechCrunch on a weekly basis. I’ve always enjoyed reading whatever he came up with – considering he’s usually on the mark (and ahead of the game). Steve is not only one helluva nice guy… he is also smarter than many people have ever realized. Michael definitely hit the nail on the head when he stated that he’s “not exaggerating when I say that Steve has forgotten more things than I’ll ever learn.” That holds true for me, as well.
I’m not sure if this change is good or bad – it just is. I certainly know Steve should bring his usual dry wit and controversial nature to the table. It’s going to be interesting to see what develops with this addition to the Salesforce team.