One thing they are spot on about "A chief executive of a small start-up told me that at an event on May 26 hosted by Ron Conway, a powerful venture capitalist, that Mr. Arrington announced that those who provided TechCrunch with scoops, the coin of the realm, could expect good treatment on lesser stories. Those who did not, he said, would be ignored."
When I pitched Lovefre.sh (briefly) to Tech Crunch Europe I was told the same. A blunt 'negotiate your exclusives better - now we're not interested (Lovefre.sh had already been covered by The Next Web - who approached me - and the BBC, who did the same). What's a guy new to running his own business to do? I've bootstrapped all the way, badly needed funding (still do), and would have been a fool to turn down coverage on a site I love (hat tip to +Zee M Kane +Martin Bryant
- who was my original contact).
I understood the 'currency' of which +Mike Butcher
spoke - but it was frustrating since on my uber tight budget, and passionate desire to connect farm to table (which is not motivated by a desire to get rich - but a desire to empower communities to effect the food change that They want to see - without preaching any 'macro' solution.
I guess it's the way of the world - but it took me a while to come to terms with; I've started the company following 2 mental breakdowns due to a stressful city career of 15 years and suffer from agoraphobia, so I really find it hard to focus on 'the games people play'. Hope this is relevant - feels like I just wrote an essay.
I've no expectations of people - especially the press - but it was a hard lesson to take. My conclusion? I haven't thrown myself into doing something I feel so passionately about only to start worrying about joining in with these 'games'. My bad probably .