TechCrunch Backstage Day 2: Armstrong, Chamillionaire, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Oh My! (TCTV)

Chamillionaire admitting his love for Mafia Wars, Steve Streit recounting his first meeting with Michael Moritz, Tim Armstrong and Erick Schonfeld discussing office arrangements in New York, and Mayor Gavin Newsom’s thoughts on baring a striking resemblance to Batman— that’s all the action you may have missed if you only watched the stage during day two of TechCrunch Disrupt.

Check out our backstage interviews with Chamillionaire, Streit, Armstrong, Newsom, Bill Gurley and Twitter’s Jason Goldman. We’ll be back with our live feed for the final day of Disrupt at 8:45 AM PST.

If you missed the backstage interviews for day one, click here.

Steve Streit, CEO of Greendot, on the road to IPO and meeting Michael Moritz.

Chamillionaire: “I don’t play Farmville…I play Mafia Wars.”

Benchmark Capital’s Bill Gurley on the criteria for IPO.

Editor Erick Schonfeld and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong discuss office arrangements in New York.

Okay, Erick Schonfeld here, co-editor of TechCrunch with Tim Armstrong, my new boss.
So you just made an announcement on stage that, what was the announcement?

Yeah, the announcement – was really, I think is something that’s very exciting for our future and hopefully, the future with you guys is TechCrunch and AOL getting together and AOL acquiring TechCrunch.
But, I think the most important thing we’re acquiring is actually talent.
And I think you’re a big part of that.
Mike is a big part of it.
Heather is, and the rest of the team and we’re excited for the TechCrunch brand also.

We think the future of the internet, it’s gonna be built on really substantial brands.
And TechCrunch is already well on it’s way to being one of the most substantial tech content brands in the world.

So where does TechCrunch fit within AOL?
You’re building, you have many brands and many blogs as well.
Where do you see TechCrunch fitting in?

I think first, you know, out of the gate I think TechCrunch, well one thing we’d like to do is kind of keep it in its space and put more resources and scale behind it, and then you know, as we we work together and figure out where the opportunity pockets are, I think we will bring more of the tech properties into an area where you can really say, you know, like Ziff
Davis did in the, you know 80’s with tech content, how do you become the most influential source of tech content in the world?
And I think TechCrunch will be a centralized, you know, pillar of that strategy and, uh, but I think out of the gates, we’re gonna figure out how to work together well and figure out how to scale.

What attract you to TechCrunch versus other types of properties in terms of and you’ve been going in many different directions in terms of broadening your content, your content properties?

I think TechCrunch has a couple of very unique strategies that I think you guys have been employing.
And I think, you know, one is journalism.
I think really covering companies and a specific ecosystem very well.
I mean, it’s you guys I think are known as the breaking news place for tech information.

The second is things like CrunchBase and other things where you guys have been really influential on taking structured data and mixing that into the, you know, the journalism and breaking news things that you’re doing.
I think that’s actually a very substantial subtext to this.

And the third thing is, you know, what is the energy level behind the TechCrunch brand and the ecosystem of that in your ecosystem? 
And, I think, you come here, there’s 2,000 people here, many of the most influential people in the tech community are here and, I think, you take the combo of breaking news journalism, structured data and really deep environment, whether it’s the conferences or just relationships you have.

I think that’s a winning combination and that’s what really made us interested in TechCrunch.

Well, we look forward to keeping on building the brand under AOL and, I know that we’re really looking forward to the resources you’re gonna bring to bear.

Right, we will bring the resources and you’re gonna be in New York with me so I’ll see you in the office.

So, I get a desk right next to you.

You will be in my office.

Thank you very much.

All right.
Bye, sir.
All right.
Thank you.


San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom talks about promoting SF’s technology sector and the industry leaders he turns to.

MG Siegler and Twitter’s Jason Goldman discusses the recent redesign.

Still to come (pardon for the upload delay):
Cyan Banister’s interview with Shervin Pishevar
Zaw Thet & Friends

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