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Mathew Ingram, a veteran technology journalist, well-known blogger, co-founder of the mesh conference and social news enthusiast is joining GigaOM team. He is going to writing on a diverse set of topics, including the evolution of media.

There are some stories that write themselves. This is one of them. About four years ago, I traveled to Toronto to attend the inaugural mesh web conference. There I learned two things: Paul Kedrosky is as funny in person as he on his blog. And Mathew Ingram is one sharp cookie.

I was introduced to Mathew by his mesh co-founder and fellow tech scribe, Mark Evans. We immediately hit it off for like me, Mathew is an old media guy who believes that the future of the news business is a digital one. A writer/editor for The Globe and Mail in Canada, Mathew at that point had already been writing for more than 15 years.

He and I are old enough to have both covered the Netscape IPO and to know firsthand what a pain it is to design for IE 4.0 — Mathew through his work on the launch of globeandmail.com and me through helping to kick-start the online version of Forbes. Most importantly, like me, though cautiously optimistic, he’s betting that technology is going to take us to a better place.

When I was leaving Toronto, he observed that it was time for me to branch out on my own, career-wise. As it turned out, three months later I did just that, launching the GigaOM Network in July 2006. Today I am thrilled to announce that Mathew will join us on GigaOM, writing alongside Stacey, Liz and I. As far as what he’s going to write about, I’ll let him tell you that in his own words.

Though if you’re at all interested in the evolution of the media, the web, social networks and other such topics then you’ve almost surely read Mathew’s writings already. They are powerful, concise, incisive and crucially, they follow the ethos that we at GigaOM believe in: community first. I have been trying to convince Mathew to come and help us realize our dreams for some time. But his dream was to be the G&M’s online communities editor, to help that publication embrace social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook. So we waited.

In the past year, not only did he launch the G&M’s groundbreaking Public Policy Wiki, but Mathew wrote for the Nieman Journalism Lab, where he offered up among the most thought-provoking observations on the media industry of anyone in this business. But now our stars have aligned and here he is. You can also follow him on Twitter @mathewi. Please join me in welcoming him to our little world.

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  1. Marshall Kirkpatrick Friday, January 8, 2010

    Great move Om and congrats Mathew! Mathew is one of the most likable and inspiring people in the MSM world and it’s awesome that we’ve won him over to the blogosphere! Just wish it was a certain other blog he was joining, but hey – I’m happy for you guys!

    1. Thanks, Marshall — now I am blushing :-)

    2. Thanks Marshall, we are glad to have him board and great that you made him blush.

  2. Hey Om,

    Suggestions: how about making his twitter handle a live link so we can follow him with a single click.

    1. in the time it took you to write that, you could have opened up your tweetdeck/twitter search and typed it.

    2. it is done :-)

  3. Melanie Baker Friday, January 8, 2010

    Congratulations to Mathew and to GigaOM! A very smart hire and a great opportunity. Can’t wait til he gets writing. :)

    1. thanks, Mel!

  4. William Mougayar Friday, January 8, 2010

    Congratulations Mathew! Given your omnipresent insights, GigaOM is in for a real treat, and so are we, the readers- formerly known as the audience :).
    Om- does this mean that we can expect more Canadian coverage from GigaOM?

    1. William, great point. Mat is an example of the great but ignored Web talent we have here in Canada. I hope Om will provide Mat with some space to spotlight Canadians.

      Regards,
      George

  5. Leila Boujnane Friday, January 8, 2010

    Om congrats for landing Mathew. He is absolutely wonderful and will be an awesome addition to your team. He is a gem.

    1. Thanks a lot, Leila

  6. Congrats Matthew and GigaOm!

    1. Thanks, Jim

  7. Mitch Joel – Twist Image Friday, January 8, 2010

    I met Mathew long before Blogging was cool. In fact, he was on a panel at an event called, Blogging For Corporate Communications (I think this goes back to 2005). He was one of the journalists on a panel conversation, and at that moment I knew the needle was going to move. He’s smart, engaging and a killer writer. This is a huge coup for you Om – congrats!

    Way to go Mathew!!

    1. Mitch

      I totally agree with you on this. Thanks for the comments and appreciate you sharing the story.

    2. Thanks a lot for that, Mitch — you are very kind :-)

  8. Thanks everyone for your comments and wishes. We are glad to have him on the team.

  9. The Toronto scene will greatly miss you!

    1. Thanks, Karim

  10. Jodi Echakowitz Friday, January 8, 2010

    Congrats Om on a terrific addition to your team.

    Mathew – congrats to you, it sounds like an incredible opportunity. While this post doesn’t say whether you will be moving to sunny California or staying here in Toronto, I hope that wherever you will be, that you continue to be a part of the MESH Conference (an event which inspired me to engage in social media).

    @JodiEchakowitz

    1. Thanks, Jodi — I will be working from Toronto, and will definitely still be involved in mesh.

  11. Mike McDerment Friday, January 8, 2010

    Great call Om and team.

    Congrats once again Thewie…hope this doesn’t mean you’re going to miss too many mesh meetings because you’re hanging out with all the cool kids in the valley ;)

    Very happy for you.

    1. Thanks, Mike — I promise to still make all the meetings :-)

  12. George Tsiolis Friday, January 8, 2010

    Congratulations to both Om and Mat for this incredibly smart and successful union. I’ve had the pleasure of working and speaking with Mat and can tell you that few people “get it” as well as he does.

    Moreover, he is a down to earth gentleman. My only regret is that I don’t have him in my organization.

    Onward and upward gentlemen. Show us what you’ve got.

    Best,
    George Tsiolis
    Founder
    AGORACOM

    1. Thanks, George. Much appreciated.

  13. Jevon Macdonald Friday, January 8, 2010

    Nice catch!

    1. Thanks, Jevon

  14. Huge Congrats Mathew!

    This is very exciting news for both you and GigaOM.

    Saul Colt
    Thoora.com

    1. Thanks, Saul.

  15. Stuart MacDonald Friday, January 8, 2010

    Om, your gain is the G&M’s loss, clearly. But as a mesh co-conspirator and friend I have had the profound pleasureto come to know ‘Thewie very well over these last years, and I can’t imagine a better move for either of you.

    Wonderful.

    • Stuart
    1. Thanks, Stuie :-)

  16. Ken Schafer – Tucows Friday, January 8, 2010

    Outstanding!

    Mathew breaking his financial dependence on dead media was long overdue! Now he can say what he REALLY thinks.

    :)

  17. Great move Om, and a huge loss for the Globe and Mail.

    Mathew is (/was) one of the mainstream media’s “good guys,” helping the G&M adjust to its ever-evolving market. More than that, his writing has been an inspiration to me for quite a while now; helping me to draw my thinking back from tactics to the big picture.

    Looking forward to reading even more of his thoughts in the future…

    1. Thanks, Dave — that’s very nice of you to say.

  18. This is rotten news in one respect (the Globe is losing an invaluable resource, and some news junkies will be deprived) but terrific news in a broader one; I wish your company and especially Mathew all the best. Mathew is very highly admired and respected – a great catch. Cheers.

    1. Thanks, John.

  19. Om,

    Congratulations on hiring Mathew. Glad to hear that mesh played a key role in the process!

    cheers, Mark

  20. Nick O’Neill Friday, January 8, 2010

    Smart hire! I asked him to become our editor a while back but I clearly wasn’t convincing :) Congrats to Mathew … this will surely be a great addition to GigaOm!

    1. Thanks, Nick :-)

  21. Congrats Om – you keep on growing – awesome! Yankees win the championship and now you get Mathew!

    1. Thanks, Allen — just to be clear, I had nothing to do with the Yankees winning. I am good, but not that good :-)

  22. Congrats, Mathew. We’ll kind of miss you in the Globe, but we’ll probably see even more of you now.
    Could this be a Tipping Point? Next, Katie Couric jumps to NowPublic….

    1. Thanks, Rick.

  23. Congrats, Mathew. We’ll kind of miss you in the Globe, but we’ll probably see even more of you now.
    Could this be a Tipping Point? Next, Katie Couric jumps to NowPublic….

    (Reposted to fix typo in URL. Sorry, Om)

    1. Thanks, Rick

  24. Tyler Hamilton Friday, January 8, 2010

    Great move, Mathew, now all Om has to do is rein in Mark Evans. It’s a good time to leave the traditional press, eh? Glad to have worked together during past years at the Globe. God, that was 10 years ago.

    Stay in touch.

    Tyler

    1. Thanks, Tyler — will do.

  25. Tell him to undo the top button

    1. Good advice, James — now that I am working for a blog, I can do that :-)

      1. In that case, I wish you good luck!

  26. This is a good karma !! . Con’grats to Matt and Om !!

    1. Thanks, Pete :-)

  27. jonathanmarcus Friday, January 8, 2010

    Congratulations, great addition! Don’t sleep on Canada.

  28. Wow, stunning news! Congratulations to both of you for what will surely be a winning combination.

    A big loss for traditional media, but I’m sure Mathew will continue to give his ex-colleagues in the industry plenty to think about…there are still opportunities everywhere!

    1. Thanks, Shafqat

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  30. Steve O’Hear Friday, January 8, 2010

    Awesome hire Om. Congrats Mathew, I bet you’re going to have one hell of a ride at the GigaOm empire! Keep it comin’

    1. Thanks, Steve.

  31. Congrats to both of you, Om and Mathew! I’ve enjoyed both of your writing over the years and it’s great to see you together! Congrats!

    1. Thanks, Dan.

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  33. Well, it’s about time! Congrats, Om & Mathew.

    1. Thanks, Robert.

  34. Congrats Om and Mathew. Happy for you both.

    1. Thanks, Kempton.

  35. Sree Sreenivasan Saturday, January 9, 2010

    Wow, two of my fave journos working directly together. One, Om, I’ve known non-digitally, back when he was a non-techie (yes, there was such a time, even before we founded the South Asian Journalists Association – http://saja.org – together 15+ years ago. Another Om historical footnote that all his fans here are unlikely to know about. I have more if anyone wants ‘em). The other Mathew, I’ve only known digitally, but have closely followed his always-helpful work.

    In fact, just yesterday, without knowing that Mathew was bolting G&M, I mentioned him specifically in a piece about social-media editors at major news orgs: http://bit.ly/sssmed (he’s one of the best at knowing the connection between a journalist and his/her reader and how to make that relationship thrive). What succeeds you, Mathew (or tries to?)

    Well done, you two.

    1. Thanks, Sree — that’s very kind of you. As for who succeeds me at the Globe and Mail, I don’t think the paper has decided whether to fill my spot or not.

  36. Wow. Congrats, Mathew! Keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks a lot, Will.

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  38. Congrats to Mathew. GigaOM’s gain is definitely the Globe’s loss.

    1. Thanks, Gwen.

  39. Congrats to both! I’ve been reading Mathew for a long time and now look forward to reading him here at GigaOm.

    1. Thanks, Mack.

  40. McLean Greavse Sunday, January 10, 2010

    Right on. Mathew is a giant among tech journalist. Congrats to both parties!

    MG

    1. Thanks a lot, MG

  41. Good move Om & team. Been reading Mathew’s writings for a while, and can see how he fits in pretty well with GigaOm.
    Good luck Mathew on the new role !

    1. Thanks, Subrahmanyam.

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  43. Congrats Mathew and Om, awesome move!

    1. Thanks, Martin.

  44. Congrats Ingram on the great job opportunity and congrats to Om on the hire. I will miss you at the Globe. Alas life moves on.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I will miss the Globe as well.

  45. Wow. I don’t believe it, this is incredible news. Congratulations Matthew, this is great news. Good luck on your new adventure.

    1. Thanks a lot, Mark.

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