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Hendrickson! We’re Gonna Miss You.


By www - Posted on 10 March 2009

When you are introduced to new Web products and businesses every day, as we are here at TechCrunch, it is difficult not to get the startup itch. Mark Hendrickson, who has been with TechCrunch as a writer and Web developer for two years, has decided to scratch that itch and build his own Web service. It doesn't have a name yet, but it will combine location with social discovery, will have "lots of maps," and will work with Facebook Connect. It will be a while before he is ready to launch it, but if you are curious you can sign up for the waiting list to receive an invite. Or you can follow him on Twitter.

Mark has been a key member of TechCrunch, and he will be sorely missed. Most of our readers know him primarily as one of our more analytical writers. His first post was a side-by-side comparison of different DIY social networks, he's been a key chronicler of changes at Facebook, and helped us realize that Hulu doesn't suck.

But beyond writing great posts, Mark is one of the people who has kept TechCrunch humming behind the scenes. Michael and I kept trying to get him to write—and we squeezed 569 posts out of him—but really all Mark wanted to do was Web development. From TechCrunch to CrunchBase to Elevator Pitches, Mark's hand has touched practically every Web property we operate.