Introducing the Talented Mr. Rupley

IMG00121-20091001-1154Ladies and gentlemen, please meet our new editorial leader, Sebastian Rupley. You may already know him from his writings for PC Magazine (where he was the West Coast editor) or from his contributions to various other Ziff Davis publications. Or perhaps you’ve seen him cross swords with John Dvorak on “Cranky Geeks,” a weekly online video show that dissects the hottest technology news and events.

That’s where I met Sebastian, along with talented folks like Dylan Tweney (now at Wired), Cade Metz (now at The Register) and Natalie Del Conte (now at CBS). I have organized our company around a very simple principle: that of a close-knit family. We work hard, we pride ourselves on our professionalism and our focus is on what we do, not who we are. Sebastian exemplifies such qualities, and as such is a perfect addition to our team. 

Every time I went on “Cranky Geeks,” I was struck by Sebastian’s tenacity, ever-present smile and good humor, his pilgrim’s work ethic and most importantly, his vast knowledge of the technology industry. Of course, if you have more than a decade and a half of experience in this business, you know a thing or two about it. I’ve tried in the past to convince Sebastian to come work for our company in some capacity, but let’s just say things took their own sweet time.

The stars now have aligned, and we got our guy. He’s going to help lead the next phase of The GigaOM Network, including working with writers and editors from our seven blogs and helping to coordinate with our subscription-only GigaOM Pro research service. Mostly he is going to mentor our team of bloggers to help them realize their true potential.

The timing couldn’t be better. We now have multiple products that need focus and nurturing. We’re also a bigger team, and that means a lot more coordination. It’s all part of us growing up. It’s also part of my ongoing effort to make our company more than just me.

And what’s happening to me? Nothing, really. I am going to focus on what I love most: writing (lots of it), our products and our strategy. Over the next three months, we’re going to be rolling out some exciting new things. So stay tuned, and say hello to the Talented Mr. Rupley!

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