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.

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!