Another showman is moving to the Emerald City.
Michael Arrington, founder of the TechCrunch blog that’s become a Silicon Valley institution, announced today that he’s moved to Seattle.
Arrington continued to diss the city’s startup scene even as he broadcast his new home. He said he’s moving “to simply mix things up in my life” and “awesome skiing” was a factor.
Arrington didn’t mention it in today’s post, but his parents live in the area.
Why Seattle? I’ve written before that the best of the best come to Silicon Valley to compete. Seattle is sort of like the minor leagues of the startup world, I’ve argued from the safety of Silicon Valley. A few stars here and there, but the vast majority of the winners come from northern California, where fierce competition quickly separates the winners from the losers, and the losers can try something new.
But that doesn’t mean Seattle isn’t a hotbed of entrepreneurism. There are scores and scores of startups here that are doing innovative and disruptive things, and I want to get right in the middle of things. Be an insider instead of just an occasional visitor.