Week’s Top 10 Posts Focus on Self-Loathing VCs, UC’s IRRs and Odd Gifts to CalPERS’ Staffers

Time to catch up on the stories your colleagues found most compelling on peHUB this week. Here are the top 10 posts that garnered the most pageviews from regular readers from Sept. 12 to this morning, Sept. 16.

ONE Sequoia’s Doug Leone to Mike Arrington: Why You Want to Be a VC is Beyond Meby Connie Loizos
TWO Top 10 IRRs from University of California’s Mid-Decade Venture Binge (Slideshow)by Mark Boslet
THREE Slideshow: Dealt a Bad Hand?by Jonathan Marino
FOUR Vinod Khosla: ‘I Don’t Much Like the Venture Profession’by Connie Loizos
FIVE VC Icon Tom Perkins Takes Swipe at Kleiner Perkins’ Big Bets on Cleantechby Sarah McBride, Reuters
SIX Slideshow: Venture Capital’s Biggest Flopsby Joanna Glasner
SEVEN AOL Makes It Official: Arrington Is Out (slideshow)by Lawrence Aragon
EIGHT Slideshow: 16 Alleged CalPERS Gift-Violators Face Finesby Gregory Roth
NINE Study: Need a Fast Flip? Don’t Change the Management Teamby Connie Loizos
TEN Thiel and Levchin Offer ‘Blueprint’ for Solving Innovation Crisisby Joanna Glasner

AOL Makes It Official: Arrington Is Out (slideshow)

The Michael Arrington/AOL saga appears to be over, with AOL announcing today that the founder of TechCrunch has left the popular tech blog and AOL (which acquired TechCrunch earlier this year) to focus on his new venture fund. The announcement came more than two weeks after Arrington and AOL announced that he had raised a […]

What’s Arrington’s New Role at TechCrunch? AOL Can’t Get Its Story Straight

After tech blogger extraordinaire Michael Arrington announced yesterday that he launched a new venture fund, the blogosphere exploded with questions about conflict of interest. Specifically, how could Arrington remain editor of TechCrunch and write impartially about companies that he had backed with his new $20 million CrunchFund? AOL CEO Tim Armstrong initially dismissed the concern, […]

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Arrington Launches ‘CrunchFund’ with $20M from Partners at KP, Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Others

(Reuters) – Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch and one of the highest-profile U.S. technology bloggers, has created a $20 million venture capital fund to invest in promising startups, Arrington told Reuters.

Fortune magazine’s Term Sheet blog was the first to report the news.

The fund, called CrunchFund, raised an inaugural $20 million fund in September, according to TechCrunch’s CrunchBase. “Investors in CrunchFund include AOL, Accel Partners, Austin Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Sequoia Capital, the founding partners of Andreessen Horowitz, each of the general partners of Benchmark Capital, Ron Conway, Yuri Milner & Kevin Rose,” CrunchBase reports.

Investor AOL bought TechCrunch in September 2010.

The move comes months after Arrington publicly announced that he had …

Social Scene: Baker Jitterbugs, Arrington Gains a Year, Mehta Needs Tiger Blood, peHUB Is Ready to Shindig!: UPDATED

In this week’s Social Scene, Charlie Baker of General Catalyst Partners gets his jitterbug on, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is nearly a year older, Nihal Mehta of Eniac Ventures goes in search of tiger blood (see @charliesheen), and peHUB gets ready to Shindig!

Have a personal tidbit you’d like to share about yourself or a friend/colleague? Email lawrence.aragon@thomsonreuters.com or alastair.goldfisher@thomsonreuters.com. We’re looking for birthdays, baby announcements, marriages, new car/boat/house/fill-in-the-blank purchases, funny quotes, vacation pics, snaps from industry events — you get the picture.

AOL Close to Buying TechCrunch – Report

GigaOm is reporting that AOL is “on the verge” of buying TechCrunch, the tech blog founded by attorney-turned-blogger Michael Arrington. GigaOm founder Om Malik reports that “the deal is at a sensitive stage and might fall apart just yet, but I don’t think so. Sources familiar to both entities says that the announcement is likely […]

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AngelGate Is “100 Percent Accurate,” Says Michael Arrington

Last night, TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington reported that on Monday night, a group of high-profile Silicon Valley angels met at a San Francisco restaurant, where, Arrington said he later learned, “collusion” and “price fixing” were on the menu. The story has been refuted by at least one angel who was at the dinner, but Arrington told […]

“Tom Cruise” Launches Tomsquare

I’m not quite sure why Michael Arrington of “Technical Crunch” sat down with Tom Cruise impersonator Evan Ferrente, but I’ve just spent the last few minutes laughing at this interview, so if you missed this:

The Conways Go Hollywood

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this photo, which popped up in my Facebook News Feed last night when TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington declared that it was “100% cool.” I’m not sure if I’d agree with Arrington’s assessment, but it’s definitely strange enough to rate as news on a slow news day.

When I first saw the pic, I felt like I was having a dotcom flash back. Remember when VCs were having parties every night and rubbing elbows with all the cool kids? But when I looked closely, I saw that MC Hammer was wearing normal pants and super angel Ron Conway was standing next to will.i.am, who I’m pretty sure wasn’t one of the cool kids in 2000.

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