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Earlier this week, when I announced the promotion of Paul Walborsky to CEO of Giga Omni Media, the company I started in 2006, it was part of a plan that was hatched long before I returned to work after my health scare. That plan was to […]

Earlier this week, when I announced the promotion of Paul Walborsky to CEO of Giga Omni Media, the company I started in 2006, it was part of a plan that was hatched long before I returned to work after my health scare. That plan was to make the company less reliant on any one person — notably myself. 

At the same time that I hired Paul to run the business side of things back in the summer of 2007, I also brought on Carolyn Pritchard as managing editor. In that role, she steers the editorial ship, ensuring that we produce high-quality blogging content while always adhering to the best practices of traditional journalism. Her more than 10 years of experience in the field and even hand are what keep things running smoothly, editorially-wise.

The third leg of this plan has been to focus my energies on the most strategic aspects of the company. Now we’re kicking the execution of this plan into high gear, adding more blogs (as evidenced by our recent purchase of jkOnTheRun) and soon, more people, including some seasoned, well-known names. As we grow, we are committed to a level of editorial quality that not only meets but exceeds our readers’ expectations. This makes the job of finding new talent and nurturing our existing stars a critical one — and is a job to which I am going to be dedicating a significant amount of my time going forward. (If you are interested in writing for us, send me an email.)

Does this mean I’m going to stop writing? Hell no. But I am going to limit myself to writing two posts a day — more in-depth pieces, like the kind I used to write for Business 2.0 before I founded GigaOM. (You can follow my posts at http://om.gigaom.com.)

Another thing that I’m going to be focusing on is figuring out how to best use all the tools available to further enhance the blogging experience, to add depth and context to what is our bread and butter: news and analysis.

We’re already trying out some of these tools, such as with GigaOM Daily, our Twitter-inspired news service; map mashups created by the Earth2Tech crew; and NTV Station, our early attempt at an online video guide. (I’m also looking for a senior engineer-type person who has some ideas around new media. Again, if you’re interested, drop me a line.)

These are steps towards building a new kind of media company, one that thrives on the availability of always-on connectivity, which allows for easy distribution — and easier consumption — of information. Just like the cable boom gave birth to media groups befitting the medium, such as CNN and ESPN, broadband is going to play host yet another generation of new media entities. We are trying hard to be one of them, with technology and its infinite niches as our focus. If you look at WebWorkerDailyNewTeeVee, Earth2Tech and OStatic, you can see that we are well on our way.

In many ways, launching these blogs has been like starting a company long before there is an obvious market, betting that they will meet a need. It is why I am delighted by this next bit of news.

Earlier this summer, the general partners at True Ventures — Jon Callaghan, Phil Black and John Burke — invited me to be a venture partner at their firm. The offer was extremely flattering as True is one of Silicon Valley’s most talented venture teams, one that also includes Tony Conrad, CEO of Sphere (which was recently sold to AOL), and Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic. After talking it over with my team, my parents and my trusted friends, I went back to the guys who had enough faith in me to back my crazy idea of turning a tiny blog into a big media business — and said yes.

The move will not take any time away from my work at GigaOM. What it will do, however, is give me a chance to closely observe the venture business, which could lead me to one day being a venture capitalist myself. And it is yet another way for me to indulge in my love of startups. Though I am extremely picky as to which startup I write about, I love meeting them all. Why? Because ideas fascinate me. People amaze me. So this is just an extension of the same enthusiasm, but from a different dimension.

So far, I have refrained from writing about companies funded by True Ventures. And when I have, such as in the case of Automattic and Sphere, I have disclosed the relationships. Starting today, even that stops. Any mention of True Ventures-backed companies by our writers is going to have a disclosure statement next to it. You can keep tabs of my disclosures on my profile page. I will continue to disclose any conflicts on individual posts, should such a situation arise. 

I am going back to writing about topics that are nearest and dearest to my heart: big technology trends and policy in general, and of course, broadband and Internet infrastructure in particular.

Wish me luck and good sense.

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  1. OM – we are thrilled to have you join Toni and I as fellow Venture Partners.

    Paul & Caroline & GigaOM Team – congrats on your evolving roles and thank you to the entire GigaOM team for sharing OM with us.

  2. OM
    This is wonderful news, heading to airport in a few hours and will congratulate you in person next week in San Francisco.

  3. Raanan Bar-Cohen Thursday, September 4, 2008

    Great news all around !

  4. @Pat

    Thanks and see you this weekend I hope.

  5. Om, congrats and welcome to the True family!

  6. Congratulations! What a fantastic compliment and exciting opportunity.

  7. Om, our conversation from this morning is up here: http://www.kyte.tv/scobleizer — thanks so much for that, it is inspiring to see how you are evolving your life.

  8. congratulations- true looks like a very solid team (i’m a huge fan of meebo and scanr already)….

  9. @RObert

    It was great to see you and spend time with you. Sometimes it is hard to verbalize but you are someone who lets people ramble and do a good job. Don’t work too hard my friend.

  10. Om- Congrats! This is excellent news. I have no doubt you will be a huge asset to True ventures.

  11. Congrats boss! Good luck and keep being healthy!

  12. Om,

    Congratulations. And I want to say once again it has been a pleasure working with Carolyn and other members of your team.

    And congratulations on your change of lifestyle.

  13. congrats, om! so when r u going to sit down with me to get the rundown on my biz?!?

  14. Dear Om,

    It is an incredible privilege to call you a Partner.

    From all of us at True, welcome.

    I continue to be amazed by the resourcefulness, creativity and talent of Carolyn, Paul and the entire Team GigaOm.

    Great entrepreneurs like you show all of us how to identify, attract and motivate other exceptional people. Well done.

    Best,
    Jon Callaghan

  15. Congrats, Om — sounds like a great fit.

  16. Bradley Horowitz Thursday, September 4, 2008

    Om, congrats! A perfect fit in every way.

  17. Best of Luck for your work & health.

  18. Om,

    Glad to read about the new developments.

    All we need now is another season of the GigaOM show. Video adds a level of personal touch to our interaction with GigaOM that blogs can’t match.

    Keep it coming, and take care.

  19. Congrats Om. Looking forward to seeing you at Mobilize.

  20. Congratulations OM.. Looks like lot of good things happening to you and Gigaom team. Iam more than poisitive that this awesome blog is gone be a big media one day. Wish you all the best for your grand vision.

  21. Dameon Welch-Abernathy Thursday, September 4, 2008

    Congratulations, Om! You’ve got a great team, and I feel humbled to be a small part of it.

  22. Contrats Om. Nice to see you blog growing. It is my favourite tech blog. But as I mentioned in one of your earlier posts also – bring back the GigaOM Show. We miss it badly.

  23. Markus Göbel’s Tech News Comments Friday, September 5, 2008

    Congratulations, Om! This is really great news.

    Please also think of startups from Germany when you research articles or consider investments. Remember that Ciao.com, which Microsoft just bought for a whopping $468m, is from Munich. In Berlin we have Plazes.com and Smart2go, which now are called Nokia Maps.

    We have a thriving startup scene but the websites covering topic are boring and mostly copypasting press releases. An analysis like yours is missing.

  24. Hi Om,

    congrats on new opportunities – sounds like a great fit

    You just need to travel over to Ireland to keep tabs on startup activity here

    Best Regards
    Fergus

  25. Om,

    Congratulations on taking this next step to build a mega media company and on your opportunity at True Ventures.

    Best of luck!

  26. Om Malik Joins True Ventures As A Venture Partner Friday, September 5, 2008

    [...] capitalist myself. And it is yet another way for me to indulge in my love of startups,” stated Malik. “Though I am extremely picky as to which startup I write about, I love meeting them all. [...]

  27. @ all …. thanks for the comments and your kind words of encouragement.

    On the specific question of the GigaOM Show, we are pretty close to re-launching. Hopefully once we can agree on the new set.

  28. Om – Congratulations, and the best of luck to you in this new and exciting journey of yours! – Charleen

  29. Dearest Om
    congrats! on your progress and i am happy with your progress.

    Your Mom

  30. peHUB » Om Malik Becomes Part-Time VC Monday, September 8, 2008

    [...] Om Malik, the namesake of technology blog GigaOm, has joined True Ventures as a venture partner. He will continue writing for Gigaom, although he has hired both a CEO and managing editor. True Ventures invested in GigaOm last year. Om discusses the moves here. [...]

  31. Tech Blogger Om Malik Becomes Venture Partner – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com Monday, September 8, 2008

    [...] Paul Walborsky to the role. Mr. Malik buried the news of his new role at True Ventures deep in a Sept. 4 blog post titled “Evolving My Work [...]

  32. Om Malik joins True Ventures | TechFever Network | The Hot Tech News and Gadget Network Monday, September 8, 2008

    [...] Paul Walborsky to the role. Mr. Malik buried the news of his new role at True Ventures deep in a Sept. 4 blog post titled “Evolving My Work [...]

  33. True Ventures » Om Malik joins True as Venture Partner Monday, September 8, 2008

    [...] GigaOm has evolved though, so too has Om’s scope and ambition. I will leave it to Om’s own words to describe his motivations for joining us and the evolution of his career and life. With Om [...]

  34. francinehardaway Monday, September 8, 2008

    Om, this is great for you and us. There is a big void in people writing about big technology trends. Gillmor still does it sometimes, but there is plenty of need. Can’t wait to read your pieces. And of course you will end up being a VC! Doesn’t everybody?

  35. congrats Om.

    very happy for you.

  36. Rodrigo A. SEPULVEDA SCHULZ Tuesday, September 9, 2008

    Congrats Om! I remember when we both visited the offices of True Ventures 2 years ago, they were just unpacking the tables, and you had that meeting room. What an exciting past 2 years !

  37. @bijan and @Rodrigo,

    thanks guys – it will be ride and fun working with you guys as well. appreciate the kind words.

  38. Om,

    All the best in your new “venture!” You’re definitely making the right moves. Keep living the dream.

    Kevin

  39. Wow– I can’t believe I missed this news. Big congrats to you and kudos to True.

  40. Paid Content : GigaOmniMedia Makes Second Blog Buy: The Apple Blog Monday, September 15, 2008

    [...] acquisition follows closely on the news that Om would give up the CEO job and take a position as a partner at True Ventures, the VC firm with an investment in his network. In that announcement, he said that adding new blogs [...]

  41. Om Buys Another Blog « Dynamic Disruption Monday, September 15, 2008

    [...] he added mobile blog JKOnTheRun to his blog roster under the GigaOm brand (and two weeks after he joined True Ventures as a [...]

  42. Is Disclosure Meaningless in the Blogosphere? : The Drama 2.0 Show Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    [...] School of Journalism who edits the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. He observed that Om’s promise to be disclosure conflicts is almost entirely irrelevant: Ms. Wilkins added that the remedies for [...]

  43. @Om,

    Slow crawl of my news Inbox — missed this big one. It’s truly interesting to see how your plans are morphing. Congrats on joining True.

    Indus

  44. TechCrunch Japanese アーカイブ » ハングリーなOm Malik、さらにTheAppleBlogを買収 Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    [...] Giga Omni Mediaと名付けているのには理由がある。Om Malikのブログ帝国はTheAppleBlogを取得して、またほんの少し版図を広げた。一ヶ月前にモバイルブログのJKOnTheRunがGigaOmブランド配下となったところだ(そしてOm Malikは二週間前にパートナーとしてTrue Venturesに参加したところ)。 [...]

  45. Catching Flack mobile edition Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    [...] still unclear how this new relationship will affect his burgeoning media property. He disclosed it in classic PR-burial style at the end of this recent blog post, but was outed by the New York Times’ tech blog here. Then there’s Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, [...]

  46. VC reporter finally joins the team [Om Malik] | Geekinstinct.com | Geek Stuffs, Technology Related Thursday, September 18, 2008

    [...] Ven­tu­r­es as a par­tn­er­. Or­ th­at h­e b­u­ried­ th­e n­­ew­s near t­h­e b­o­­t­t­o­­m o­­f­ a [...]

  47. Bloggers como Advisors | Denken Über Sunday, September 21, 2008

    [...] y la web 2.0 son Michael Arrington y Om Malik; Michael ya participa de varios startups y ahora Om acaba de anunciar su incorporación a True Ventures el mismo VC que participó en la primer ronda de [...]

  48. We Have Completed $4.5 Million in New Funding – GigaOM Monday, October 6, 2008

    [...] ability to grow even in the face of adversity, whether organically or through acquisitions. Before I go back to work, please join me in welcoming Ammar to our [...]

  49. Tech news network Giga Omni Media grabs another $4.5M » VentureBeat Monday, October 6, 2008

    [...] (where VentureBeat will also be syndicated). More surprisingly, Malik also announced that he has become a venture partner at True Ventures, GigaOM’s main venture backer. (Despite Malik’s assurances, the role [...]

  50. Proof: Group-think a Dominant VC Trait Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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  51. Caveat Emptor When Dealing With Bloggers « Catching Flack Wednesday, January 7, 2009

    [...] still unclear how this new relationship will affect his burgeoning media property. He disclosed it in classic PR-burial style at the end of this recent blog post, but was outed by the New York Times’ tech blog [...]

  52. Enterprise Communications Software Socialcast Secures $1.4 million in Series A Funding Monday, April 6, 2009

    [...] venture partner at True Ventures, will be joining Socialcast’s board of directors. On Malik joined True Ventures last September. Socialcast is Om’s first investment at True Ventures and his [...]

  53. Enterprise Communications Software Socialcast Secures $1.4 million in Series A Funding Monday, April 6, 2009

    [...] venture partner at True Ventures, will be joining Socialcast’s board of directors. On Malik joined True Ventures last September. Socialcast is Malik’s first investment at True Ventures and his [...]

  54. Enterprise Communications Software Socialcast Secures $1.4 million in Series A Funding | Techcom for dummy Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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  55. Tech Whiz Underground » Enterprise Communications Software Socialcast Secures $1.4 million in Series A Funding Tuesday, April 7, 2009

    [...] venture partner at True Ventures, will be joining Socialcast’s board of directors. On Malik joined True Ventures last September. Socialcast is Malik’s first investment at True Ventures and his [...]

  56. Tech World » Enterprise Communications Software Socialcast Secures $1.4 million in Series A Funding Tuesday, April 7, 2009

    [...] venture partner at True Ventures, will be joining Socialcast’s board of directors. On Malik joined True Ventures last September. Socialcast is Malik’s first investment at True Ventures and his [...]

  57. Enterprise Communications Software Socialcast Secures $1.4 million in Series A Funding « shankarsoma; Change the View Tuesday, April 7, 2009

    [...] and venture partner at True Ventures, will be joining Socialcast’s board of directors. On Malik joined True Ventures last September. Socialcast is Malik’s first investment at True Ventures and his [...]

  58. Technic News » Enterprise Communications Software Socialcast Secures $1.4 million in Series A Funding Tuesday, April 7, 2009

    [...] venture partner at True Ventures, will be joining Socialcast’s board of directors. On Malik joined True Ventures last September. Socialcast is Malik’s first investment at True Ventures and his [...]

  59. 企業向けコミュニケーション・ソフトのSocialcast 、シリーズAで$1.4Mを調達 Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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    [...] and venture partner at True Ventures, will be joining Socialcast’s board of directors. On Malik joined True Ventures last September. Socialcast is Malik’s first investment at True Ventures and his [...]

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