I read. I read now more than ever. In school, I bought books and never read them because I hated that I was tested on them, but now that it’s up to me, I read all the time. I bought a printer, stapler, and notebooks for all the miscellaneous blog posts I’ve wanted to read and thought “this will be useful later” (PS: TechCrunch, seriously, work on your Print Version!); however, unfortunately, what should be my go-to resource, TechCrunchFR, gets little to no attention from me. I have made known my complaints about TechCrunchFR before, but, after discussing with a few other people and getting their agreement and input, I thought I’d make it official. So here are my 5 Reasons Why TechCrunchFR Sucks:
- Refusing to Write articles in English – I get it. France speaks French, so TechCrunchFR is in French. That’s all fine and dandy, except that no one outside of France can read this. TechCrunchEU (formally TechCrunchUK – clearly TechCrunch made their bid for the European Tech Capital) is consistently cross-posted to the TechCrunch main site – this will never happen for the French articles, because they are not in English. How does France expect to compete in the European Startup Scene, and international community, if they can’t even communicate outside their borders?
- Out of Date Website – TechCrunchEU has full integration with Facebook comments, and yet TechCrunchFR is stuck with a comment form. This is an integration that was made over 7 months ago, and probably soon after in Europe, and yet, from what I hear, the TechCrunchFR team is still debating with the US team to get it done, which leads me to my third point.
- No Respect from the US Team – I have been told by someone who used to work at TechCrunchFR that there is little to no respect coming from the US team, whether it be getting technical upgrades, or on the editorial side. [This sentence has been removed]Given that at the time, there was only one paid employee for TechCrunchFR, and the rest were unpaid contributors with full-time jobs or university to attend, this demonstrates well the care that the TechCrunch US team has for their French brethren.
Crunchboard is a joke! – Seriously, break down the numbers. To post on the US Crunchboard (the main site), you pay $200 for one post – this is understandable, as it even costs $75 to post jobs on Craigslist in California. Jump over to the UKCrunchboard, and you’ll find a more reasonable £20 charge per post. To post on the French Crunchboard: €150. Are you freaking kidding me? No wonder the French Crunchboard is empty, who would pay that to post in France? Given the exchange rate, it’s actually MORE expensive (by 86 cents, on October 9th) to post a single job post on the French Crunchboard than on the US Site – I highly doubt the traffic lines up. Without this resource, TechCrunchFR loses yet another battle to be the go-to French Startup resource that it is in the UK and US.
- No Marketing and No Love for the local – Nevermind the fact that the articles read like press releases (no offense, Selma), the articles only ever talk about French startups raising capital, or being bought. What about events going on throughout France? What about showing how France approaches startups? What about editorials instead of just press releases? In addition, there seems to be little to no attempt at marketing the site or its posts.
I recall seeing a post finally go up for The Pirate Summit, which took place just over the border in Cologne, Germany, 5 days before the event. What good is talking about an event 3 days before it happens? It’s already too late to book your ticket and get set up (although the Pirate Summit guys did tell me that they got 4 tickets sold from that article… still!). I want notifications on the Early Bird ticket prices for the Dublin Web Summit, or news about Startup Week in Vienna. Let me know what’s going on around me, so that I can be immersed in the Startup World!
…I think I’ve given up on TechCrunchFR….
The startups they talk about are not revolutionary (price comparers, European clones, and shopping assistants), and I never get the feeling that the author is any more enthused about the topic than I am. France needs to get the word about its startup world – no one out there is translating our French blogs, and so no one knows how incredible the startups are here. I want the TechCrunchFR site to be amazing, because I know how amazing TechCrunch is, but lately I’ve even begun giving up on TechCrunch as well. I don’t think TechCrunchFR will be the solution to France’s problems – I think something new will.