My Thoughts On Heather Harde Leaving TechCrunch/Aol

Earlier today news broke that Heather Harde, CEO of TechCrunch, was leaving Aol at the end of the year. During my nine months at TechCrunch, I worked closley with Heather (she was my boss) and had a few thoughts that I wanted to share regarding this announcement and my experience working with her.

Heather is probably the hardest working person I’ve ever met. Emails would be answered almost immediately, no matter what time of day it was. Whenever I would be at the office, Heather was there. Late into the night, Heather was always working. Even with her busy schedule, there was never a moment where I felt I couldn’t approach Heather for advice or help.

I can say decisively that Heather is the best CEO I’ve ever worked for. Although my time at TechCrunch was shorter than I had hoped, just having the opportunity to work with someone like Heather was an exciting experience. She taught me not only how to work effectively in high-stress situations but also how to become a better project manager. The work ethic and management skills I admired in Heather, are ones that I try to adapt myself.

The way Heather was able to take TechCrunch, and make it into a growing business, is extremely commendable. Being even a small part of that process, makes me feel proud.

As you’ll probably read from my former colleagues, the message is very clear and similar — Heather was an extremely hard working CEO who helped make TechCrunch into what it is now.

I can’t wait to see what Heather does next, and wish her the best of luck.

The Line Was Crossed

In the nine months that I’ve worked at TechCrunch, I’ve enjoyed every single moment of it. I couldn’t be more thankful to Michael and Heather for giving me this opportunity to work with an amazing organization, and with an amazing group of individuals.

In some way or another, a line was crossed that should have never been. At this time, I do not want to go into details, but I will publicly say that I am truly sorry to my family, friends, TechCrunch, and especially the tech community. Since 2006 when I first got into the internet, I have felt comfortable, and working at TechCrunch has made this experience even better. TechCrunch is not to blame for any of this — TechCrunch has given me the opportunity of a life time. I can never say thank you enough for TechCrunch for the amazing last nine months I’ve had.

This is the first day of the next learning stage for me. Yes, I am young, but from here, I can only learn more. To my family, friends, colleagues and especially, TechCrunch, I am sorry. I am taking this entire experience, learning and moving on.

For those who have messaged me with your thoughts — thank you. At this point, I’d like to take some time to myself after the Teens in Tech Conference, to focus on school, and enjoy being a teenager. I’ve invited Michael and my friends from TechCrunch to come the conference as well.

Thank you for the support thus far, and I hope you respect my decision to have some privacy.

Tatango Gains An Advisor

white_bg-630x150I have been very fortunate in the last couple of years with what I’ve accomplished, and I couldn’t have done it with out support from mentors and advisors. That’s not to mention that Teens in Tech Networks wouldn’t be where it is now with out it’s amazing group of Advisors (Robert Scoble, Louis Gray, Daniel Ha, Chris Yeh, etc). I’ve always had the mentality that if someone gives you something, you should always give back, and I try to do that as often as possible.

Today, I’m proud to announce that I’ve taken an Advisory role at Tatango and Derek Media. Tatango and Derek Media are both run by Derek Johnson, whom I’ve been friends with for quite some time. I took a trip during Spring Break earlier this year to go visit some startups in Seattle, and Tatango in Bellingham.

Tatango has done really well in the last year, and I’m really excited to be working even closer with the team there. Derek recently launched Derek Media, which is a social media consultancy company, that I’ll be involved in as well. Tatango has a great team, and looking forward to seeing the product evolve even more.

Update: Tatango’s announcement is here.

How Posterous Is Changing Blogging

21222v1-max-150x150WordPress makes blogging simple. Posterous makes blogging easy. In my eyes, simple and easy are different. WordPress is great for many things. For example, I don’t see TechCrunch (Disclosure: I am an employee of TechCrunch) using Posterous to post news online. But I do see people using Posterous for those spur of the moments kind of events.

I’m sure you have all heard that email is dead, but I beg to differ. For me, email is still the biggest form of communication and I often tell people to email, and not to call me. With the phone, I feel like your obligated to reply or answer the phone call. With email, you can save it for later, and reply at your convenience. Anyways, that’s a whole different post. Back to Posterous. Posterous is bringing email back, one post at a time. Posterous’ plan is simple, just like their platform. You want to post something online? Easy. Just email it to post@posterous.com. And, as of a few weeks ago, thanks to PicPosterous, iPhone users can upload pictures and video from their iPhone to their Posterous blog. Now that’s dead simple, which is why Posterous has gotten so much praise over the last couple of months.

With most blogging platforms, you have to login online, and post your content there. With Posterous, it’s anywhere in the world. And did I mention that Posterous supports almost every type of media file? From documents, to PowerPoint’s, to PDF’s, to music files, to images, to movie files, Posterous supports it all. Looking for online soda pdf editor? Visit their website at http://www.sodapdf.com/pdf-edito for more details.

Posterous was founded in 2008 by Garry Tan and Sachin Agarwal, and was part of Y Combinator, a startup incubator in Silicon Valley that has incubated startups like Reddit, Omnisio and Zenter. Other successful companies that went through Y Combinator include Loopt, Justin.tv, Weebly and Scribd. That’s just to name a few. CrunchBase has a full list of Y Combinator companies.

My point is that Posterous rocks, and if you don’t have an account, start posting, because you don’t need to sign up! How cool is that? Oh, and you can find my Posterous blog here.

Why Teens Aren’t Using Twitter: It Doesn’t Feel Safe

Twitter seems to be the hottest thing in tech recently — if you look at TechCrunch, it averages at least 3 posts a week about Twitter. But the bigger question is, who is really using Twitter? Many of you might think that, as with most of the latest gadgets and technologies, teenagers are using Twitter, but you’re wrong, and here’s why. Matthew Robson, a 15 year old intern, over at Morgan Stanley, wrote a report on how teenagers are consuming media, and why Twitter isn’t the hot topic in high school halls.

If you look at technologies trending with teens right now, it’s Apple devices (iPhone, iPod), smart phones (Blackberry, Palm), and then social networks (Facebook and MySpace). At least that’s what I see from hanging out with 1,500 other teenagers in high school every day (I am 16 years old). But why not Twitter? Well, because Twitter is a different type of social network than Facebook. Facebook is about connecting people, and sharing information with each other. The way my friends and I see it, Facebook is a closed network. It’s a network of people and friends that you trust to be connected to, and to share information like your email address, AIM screen name, and phone number. You know who’s getting your status messages, because you either approved or added each person to your network.

I wrote a post today on TechCrunch about Twitter, and why teenagers aren’t adopting it. Got quite the response as well — 130 comments, and a Techmeme headline so far. What do you think? Leave your comments below!