There's also a super awesome asset inside TechCrunch that doesn't get much attention. It is Crunchbase. There have been many attempts to build premium databases for the venture capital and startup world. All of them suck. But Crunchbase, which is free, almost open, almost peer produced like Wikipedia, is fantastic. Whatever happens to TechCrunch AOL, please don't mess up Crunchbase. It is the premier data asset on the tech/startup world and an incredible example of how free beats paid in the online world we live in.
Fred Wilson, who somehow manages to maintain a successful venture fund and blog at the same time (wink wink), reminds us that one of TechCrunch's best assets is the Crunchbase. One of my first thoughts after hearing about the whole CrunchFund debacle was that I hopehopehope Crunchbase survives this. It's too good to lose. I use Crunchbase constantly. If it all goes to hell over at Aol we can only hope that someone (LinkedIn?) scoops it up.