Entrepreneur Peter Yared doesn’t mince words. In April, after TechCrunch misreported some of the circumstances around a Facebook employee’s termination, Yared wrote a widely read post titled “Why TechCrunch is Over” in which he called its founder, Michael Arrington, “insane,” adding that it “must be hard to live amidst a rapidly declining site.”
In more recent posts, Yared has called Twitter “primarily a broadcasting platform with very few active users” and unusable for “normal people.” He has also suggested that if he were to start a company today with either entrepreneurs Mark Pincus, Evan Williams, or Mark Zuckerberg, he’d go with Pincus “given what we now know” about Williams and Zuckerberg. (Both have been accused of elbowing their early co-founders out of the picture.)
It’s no surprise then that Yared — who has founded and sold four companies, including to Sun Microsystems, VMWare, and Webtrends — is very fun to chat up. I caught up with Yared recently. Our conversation has been edited for length.
You recently wrote at length about how Twitter could improve the customer experience, as well as make money. The company seemed to only half-kiddingly offer you a job afterward.