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Unlike so many others in the media, we decided not to charge for what we’d already been giving away for free. Instead we developed GigaOM Pro, a subscription-only research service. That was only a year ago — look how far it’s already come.

For a long time now, large media companies have been toying with the idea of paid content on the web. Everyone from The New York Times to News Corp. is trying out their own unique twist on selling content. Unlike them, we decided not to charge for what we’d already been giving away for free. Instead we built GigaOM Pro, a subscription-only research service.

That was only a year ago — can you believe it? Many of you were generous enough to support us on this new effort and signed up for it, giving us a much-needed jump start. I thank you and look forward to learning from you and building a service that adds value to your days.

In its first year, GigaOM Pro:

These have been some of the signposts making clear that what was once a dream is now a reality. The back end and various features of the service are fully baked. As a result, we are taking the “beta” tag off and with it, the beta pricing. Those of you who were our early supporters have been grandfathered in at the introductory beta price of $79 a year; new subscribers will be charged $199 a year for the hundreds of pieces of original, forward-looking, in-depth content.

As part of the first-year anniversary celebrations and in tandem with our third annual Structure conference we will be giving away our big report, “Defining Internal Cloud Options: From Appistry to VMware,” to conference attendees. Attendees that are already GigaOM Pro subscribers (or buy a subscription there) can also enter a drawing to win an iPad (Wi-Fi).

GigaOM Pro is the result of a collective effort, and while it’s hard to single out a specific person, if I had to it would be GigaOM Pro editor Celeste LeCompte, who has been tireless in her efforts to work with our writers and analysts to shape the final product. When we started, it was just Celeste and Michael Wolf, our VP of Research. Today we are a much bigger team and to each one of them, I say congratulations and thank you for your hard work.

On this anniversary, I want to express my gratitude to all of you who supported our efforts, sight unseen, trusting us to do the right thing. I hope we have met your expectations. And if we have not, we will work hard to make sure we do.

Here’s to many more years of GigaOM Pro.

By Om Malik

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  1. Om
    Congrats on the Pro achieving it’s first birthday, keep up the good work and we look forward to many more years of informative and analytical analysis from none other then th eone and only Gigaom.

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    1. THanks Sanjay. It is great to be one year old.

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  2. Congratulations!
    Quite a milestone. All us bloggers and analysts are hoping you succeed and cut a wide path for others to follow.

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    1. Hi Brian

      Thanks for your words and encouragement. We hope we can meet the expectations.

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  3. Tariq Ashraf Tuesday, June 22, 2010

    Congratulations to all of you, GigaOM and GigaOMPro are my daily feeds for quality news and Analysis.

    I just can’t get enough!

    GigaOMPro content proves to be very valuable to me on a professional level (I am a Management Consultant) and a personal level as well (Great bunch of people!)

    Cheers,

    Tariq

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    1. Tariq

      Your words are the encouragement we need to work harder.

      Thank you for your support.

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  4. Excellent! Congratulations to everyone at GigaOM.

    ~Sujith

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  5. Sastry Penumarthy Thursday, June 24, 2010

    Congrats, Om! I’m a regular reader and find your analysis thorough and current. You should gun for the likes of Forrester and Gartner within enterprises, especially because Gigaom’s topics are cutting-edge.

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  6. Way to go. Congrats OM.

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