Here's a clip of Carol Bartz speaking more bluntly than the potty-mouthed Yahoo CEO has ever spoken in public before. She tells TechCrunch editor Mike Arrington to "fuck off," and that's not the start of it.
Like Bartz, Arrington has his own reputation for swaggering, often profane bluntness, and for the startups assembled at Arrington's Disrupt conference, there is an audible glee in seeing Arrington brought down to Earth. And not just by Bartz's obscene rebuke, but by the way she belittled his revenue. Arrington might hold tremendous sway in the petri dish of Silicon Valley startup culture, but next to a behemoth like Yahoo he's got reason for revenue envy, even before the likes of Bartz throws his puny size right in his face. (There's a full transcript at TechCrunch.)
The tech-blogging mogul can, at least, comfort himself with the knowledge he's in good company. Given that Bartz has pulled similar stunts with CNBC and the Wall Street Journal, maybe this means Arrington's TechCrunch has truly arrived.