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1938media Names 100 Companies In TechCrunch 'Payola'

Posted by Tom Foremski - February 21, 2010

Loren Feldman, the publisher of 1938Media, a New York city based web site, has published the names of the companies that were the subject of 100 posts written by former TechCrunch writer Daniel Brusilovsky. [Unpaid Techcrunch Reporter Sacked For Bribe Attempt]

Michael Arrington, the publisher of Techcrunch, said that Mr Brusilovsky was sacked because he requested a Macbook Air in exchange for writing a post about a company. [An Apology To Our Readers]

Mr Brusilovsky said that he had not received any computers.

Mr Feldman said he has direct knowledge that three companies on the list, did deals in exchange for coverage.

Until this gets fully cleared up and aired out, every one of these companies, many irrelevant but others you might not suspect, has a shadow over them. And TechCrunch's behavior in this remains inexcusable. Editors at much larger publications have stepped down over far less.

Why do I even have to bother with this nonsense? Because someone should at least for a little while and it seems most of you are too busy checking into Foursquare to be worried about little things like integrity, after all you are the Mayor of your local Friday's.

He writes that the companies that did make deals should make a public admission before they are outed. "...you will get outed. I personally know of 3 that did deals, and I'm very low on the web food chain so others must know as well I'd bet."

He advises that the other companies on the list to come forward and say that they did not make any deals.

The list of the 100 companies is here.

He has already received several responses from companies on the list saying they were not involved in any deals: App of the Day, Atomplan, Avecora, PBworks, and Ramamia.

The companies that did make deals might be revealed by choosing to remain silent.

Mr Feldman has written repeatedly on this topic:

My Thoughts On Techcrunch And Daniel Brusilovsky

Techcrunch Still Can't Do The Right Thing

Techcrunch Has The Audacity To Want More Interns

He has written about Michael Arrington many times, and has also criticized him in videos, such as this one:


UPDATE: Mr Arrington has responded to Mr Feldman: Why You Should Confess Everything Before You Get Caught

... we didn't publish the names of the companies involved because, frankly, they were the victims of the whole thing.

... hopefully our readers will know that there's no funny stuff going on at TechCrunch. If there was, we'd be the first to write about it.


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