Om Malik is an award-winning journalist who worked for Quick Nikkei News, Forbes.com, Red Herring and Business 2.0 before founding GigaOmniMedia, the company that publishes a group of blogs including GigaOM, NewTeeVee, Earth2Tech and WebWorkerDaily. Om also has a personal blog where he blogs about music, books and life. 

Om is also the author of Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist. (Take a look on Google Books or buy it from Amazon.com.) His writings have also appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Business 2.0, Brandweek, and Crains, New York Business.

In the early and heady days of online news, he worked in Silicon Alley, observing the Internet revolution (and later bubble) from a close proximity. Om was part of the founding team of Forbes.com where he eventually became a senior editor. He left Forbes.com to join Hambrecht & Quist Asia Pacific as an investment manager, thus crossing over into the venture capital business. However, few months in the VC business he returned to the world of writing and reportage.

Om graduated from St. Stephens’ College in New Delhi with an honors degree in chemistry in 1986. He has also contributed to several Indian publications including the Economic Times and The Week, India’s leading news weekly. In 1995 he co-founded a South Asian portal, Masala.com. He was the founder of Desiparty.com, a South Asian Listings Service, that still exists as a standalone entity under different management.

Awards

  • Excellence in Journalism (Feature Writing (non-daily print) for Vinod’s Time) for 2000-2001 from SPJ, North California
  • The gold award from American Society of Business Publication Editors in the Individual Profile category for the February 13, 2001 cover story, “Vinod’s Time.” The piece discusses the role of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla in helping create the optical networking industry and why he just may be the best venture capitalist on the planet.
  • Briefings Editor Lee Bruno, Senior Writers Michael Copeland and Om Malik, and Writer Chris Locke were recognized by American Society of Business Publication Editors in the Single News Article category for their September 1, 2001 “Enron’s Burnout.” The story examined Enron’s unique “hub and spoke” market system and concluded that Enron’s empire was a house of cards — a prediction that proved prescient when the energy giant filed for bankruptcy three months later.

In The Press:

Om has often appeared on several television shows such as Business Week Television (on ABC Network); BBC Television & Radio; CNNfn; CNBC and TechTV. He has been quoted in several print publications as well.

  • Wall Street Journal: The recent purchase of online photo site Flickr.com by Yahoo was foreshadowed by PubSub’s search engine, Mr. Wyman said. On Feb. 23, speculation about the deal first popped up on Gigaom.com, the blog of financial reporter Om Malik.
  • Wired News: Heartaches of Journalist Bloggers.
  • Online Journalism Review: Om Malik, a blogger, author and tech reporter for Business 2.0 magazine, laid into the Silicon Valley 100 last month when it was disclosed that 100 influential members of the Bay Area’s tech community are periodically offered products or services – or schwag, as Malik terms it – to tout or not tout as they please. “We all trust each other in this business,” Malik said. “When an industry analyst promotes a company to boost his employer’s stock or a venture capitalist touts a company he’s invested in, we’ve learned the hard way to take that with a grain of salt. Now it’s going to be more difficult to know whether there’s a hidden agenda in what people are telling you.”
  • Journalism.co.uk: Micro-Pubs, a model for the future.
  • BBC.com: Bankruptcy poses broadband debate
  • TechTV: Silicon Spin – Intel Pulls Ahead
  • Time Asia: Coming To Amrika:The spectacular success of Indians in the U.S. smashes old stereotypes and adds a dash of spice to the American melting pot … more
  • The Rich List: Industry Standard’s: Laura Rich tracks the movers and shakers of technology business. So what am I doing on this list?….more
  • From Writer to VC: An awfully generous article by Bala Krishna of Silicon India.
  • On Desiparty Zone, South Asian Hip Hop: In my previous life, I started and then sold Desiparty.com which caught the attention of the grand ole lady of global media — The New York Times
  • Rediff.com’s Desi Riffs: Rediff.com gets into the party mood and covers the fourth anniversary party of Desiparty.com, still the very best desi party website in the world.