Today is my last day as staff writer for TechCrunch.com.
Thank you to everybody at TechCrunch, first and foremost Michael Arrington (now a venture capitalist), Erick Schonfeld (now editor-in-chief), and John Biggs (editor of TechCrunch Gadgets) for the last four years. I also thank the people at TechCrunch Japan, Ryuichi Nishida, Yasushi Okue, and the entire team of translators for their cooperation.
Although I was just writing part-time from the beginning (I never wrote full-time), I racked up almost 2,700 articles on TechCrunch over the years, mostly on Japanese startups and technology (translations into Japanese on TechCrunch Japan are here).
As a contributor, I will continue to travel to and cover industry events for TechCrunch worldwide, for example.
Going forward, the plan is to entirely focus on my work as a consultant and advisor on Japan’s web, mobile and gaming industries.
I am sorry to say I will not be able to cover your startup anymore, with no exceptions.
Please be advised I am also not able to introduce you to other writers at TechCrunch for a variety of reasons.
It is also not possible for me to write for publications or websites, be it as a guest writer or paid articles etc. (However, I would be of course more than willing to comment on topics, deliver sound bites, appear on stage or on camera, hold presentations and speeches, give interviews etc.)