Nobody who is not working full time counts as a founder
According to Techcrunch, the high-profile individuals of the Engadget crew (Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel, Paul Miller, Joanna Stern, Ross Miller, Chris Ziegler, Justin Glow and Dan Chilton) have all decided to participate in a new venture with SB Nation for a new gadget website. For those that haven’t noticed, over the last two months the quality of the posts at Engadget has been on a steady decline. It would be easy to blame a shift in strategy by AOL or the merger. However, I believe that the success of the Engadget sites were the result of the dedication of the individuals and sarcastic undertones of the posts. Whether gadget news came out at 2:00AM on a weekday or weekend, these guys/gals would take the time out of their lives to create a insightful post (not just a repost from another site) to spur discussion. Their users responded to that dedication by becoming zealous fans of the site and contributing to the commentary.
I don’t know these guys/gals personally, but I feel as though I know their character and dedication. I have the utmost respect for them and can’t wait to see their new site live, so that I may once again join in on the conversation.