Quite a glowing double profile of TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington and Om Malik  of GigaOM in Wednesday’s USA Today by Michelle Kessler. 

ArringtonmalikxThese dudes are visionaries who have pioneered successful new, valuable media businesses by their bootstraps and through really hard work.  Arrington told USA Today that they work so hard, he and OM have given up drinking — and they often post through night.  Yup, it ain’t easy!

Arrington says that his site is grossing $200,000 per month and is quite profitable.  USA Today says the site has a million readers.  Kessler writes that the blog could become as influential as the Merc:

TechCrunch’s impact could soon be as great as Silicon Valley’s major newspaper, The San Jose Mercury News, says Paul Gillin, author of blog guide The New Influencers. "It’s one of the first things I read every day," says David Cowan, a venture capitalist for Bessemer Venture Partners. "It’s hard to describe the extent to which I rely on TechCrunch."

Their work is impressive and it’s wonderful to get this kind of write-up.  I’ve posted my interviews with Om and Michael below.  Michael’s comments on the future of traditional media vs bloggging is worth a watch.   

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