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After four years of watching from afar as my friend Om has built a blogging empire, I’ve finally caught up with him. As many of you may already know from reading his post about the news, I’m joining the GigaOM family as a senior writer.
If you’re wondering who I am and why you should care, you can find out more about me on my blog, on my Facebook page, through my LinkedIn profile or by following me on Twitter. For the past 15 years or so, I’ve been a writer and editor with the Globe and Mail, a daily national newspaper (and web site) based in Toronto, most recently as its first “Communities Editor.”
I’ve been a fan of Om’s ever since I discovered his blog while he was still working for Business 2.0, and came to like him even more when we had him at our very first mesh conference in Toronto in 2006. He doesn’t hesitate to shoot down popular perceptions, and when he speaks his mind it is always worth paying attention to, even if (and in fact especially when) you disagree with him.
Over the past few years, Om and his stellar team of writers and editors have put together what I think is one of the world’s premier technology blog networks, one that has a well-justified reputation for smart reporting and analysis. Adding video and GigaOM Pro to the mix has made it even more of a dominant force when it comes to solid technology perspective and context.
I’m honoured to have been asked to join this great company, and to get a chance to work with all of the terrific writers here. It feels like the first day of school and I get to sit with the cool kids :-)
As the web has filled up with fast-food-style news hits and me-too blog posts, each more shallow than the last, I think the kind of intelligent and insightful coverage GigaOM specializes in has become even more important now, and I hope to be able to contribute to that. Thanks again to Om for the opportunity.