The tech world is all abuzz with the news that techcrunch just got acquired by AOL. Techcrunch, for those who don’t know, is one of the go to tech blogs for all that’s happening in silicon valley. Sometimes it’s a little too much insider talk, like the recent angelgate, but overall techcrunch has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the tech world.
It seems that they review nearly every startup under the sun and post an amazing number of scoops each day. What’s even more amazing is that for many years it was run by one man who built it up from nothing — Mike Arrington. Now, some would say that Mike is arrogant jerk and there may be some truth to that, but you gotta love his work ethic.
Inc magazine recently did a profile of Mike in their "The Way I Work" series and here are some gems from that article:
A year ago, I’d work until I passed out, and wake up eight or nine hours later, which might be 4 p.m. or 3 a.m. Then I’d work again until I passed out. That was my life for four years—it got really bad. I missed a lot of social things. I didn’t keep up with friends. I was a mess. I actually gained 50 pounds in the five years since I started TechCrunch.
How can someone not be successful with that kind of work ethic? He’s going for the blitzkrieg of tech blogging — winning by overwhelming force. It reminds of an old chinese proverb "No one who can rise before dawn 365 days a year fails to make his family rich"
Another thing I noted from the article is how he eliminates distractions in his writing:
My office is like a cave. I have blackout shades on the windows. I like the dark. There’s less distraction. I use a Mac with two 24-inch monitors, and I’ll do research on one screen and write on the other. It’s more efficient. I’d love to have three monitors, but Macs support only two. I have the exact same setup in my office in San Francisco…I like working late at night. There are no interruptions. I usually listen to music when I write. I like hard music that is not happy music—Metallica, Eminem, Rage Against the Machine.
I love the idea of him writing like crazy in cave with Rage Against the Machine cranking, and I could see how that would be motivating. A friend of mine always used to run to Marlyn Manson and pretend that he was running from the singer, so I think there’s definitely something to that.
Anyway, congrats to Mike Arrington and here’s hoping that others can succeed by applying the same overwhelming force!