Status Update

I have hung up my reporter’s notebook for good and retired from the news business. I have joined early stage venture capital firm, True Ventures, as a full partner of the firm. True was the seed investor for Gigaom and the relationship I have with the firm is deep and personal. My post explaining my decision is here on Gigaom and my partner (and Gigaom board member) Jon Callaghan tells the story of me and True. I am seriously excited to start this new phase of my life. I will share my  plans in the near future soon. 

I am as much Gigaom as the company is me, and it will always be.  And while I am no longer an active employee of Gigaom, the company I started in June 2006, I am a spiritual employee and hold a vast amount of emotional equity in addition to my personal stake in the company. It goes without saying that I will remain a contributor and a key part of Gigaom events. (Let’s meet up at Structure Data in New York on March 19th & 20th.) I am looking forward to co-hosting Roadmap, our experience and design conference with Katie Fehrenbacher in November 2014 and we will soon announce further details.

This is a tough and emotional decision. It has not been an easy one, but in the end the reason I was able to take the final step of separating myself from the company I founded in June 2006 is because Gigaom has an incredible team — one that works because it is not beholden to personality of one person, but because how they work with each other. My team is the reason I have succeeded at the one thing every founder fears and craves the most: creating a company that lives on without the founder.

Responses

  1. Tom Foremski (@tomforemski) says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 12:05 pm Reply

    I don’t believe it for one second…

  2. Terry Maraccini says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 10:16 am Reply

    Appointment reading for sure. You will be missed.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 5:56 pm Reply

      Terry,

      Thanks for the kind words. I will see you around soon I hope. Working on some posts for the near future.

  3. William Mougayar (@wmougayar) says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 7:31 am Reply

    What a great story and evolution. I like the term “spiritual employee”.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply

      Thank you William :-)

  4. eideard says:

    February 21st, 2014 at 6:50 am Reply

    For as long as I can hear from Om about music as much as tech, the landscape of life as much as the intricacies of global commerce – I am happy.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 8:35 am Reply

      I already gave you that promise Ed ;-)

  5. Parag Kalra (@paragkalra) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 10:15 pm Reply

    You have been a true source of inspiration for me always. Have never missed any of your article or expert opinion on Bloomberg. It will now take days probably months to fill the void created by your absence. Good luck and best wishes!!

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 8:35 am Reply

      Many thanks Parag.

  6. . (@steakknifesteak) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 10:15 pm Reply

    And you get to work with the guy (Toni) behind this site’s platform (WP).

    Achievement unlocked.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 5:57 pm Reply

      Thanks — I am sure Toni will appreciate that.

  7. Praveen Shetty (@praveen_shetty) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 9:58 pm Reply

    Om, congrats. There will be a vacuum, i hope you will blog occasionally . All the best, Praveen

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply

      Gigaom is a great team and you will enjoy all the wonderful things they write. I know I do.

  8. Dan Farber (@dbfarber) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 9:38 pm Reply

    You will be missed on the daily Gigaom playing field …but your will still be a guiding force helping other companies make a difference…True ventures indeed

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 8:33 am Reply

      Dan you are a personal hero of mine and thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I need to work hard to live up to your expectations.

  9. smartsourcingblog says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 9:31 pm Reply

    I will miss your insight and perspective. Best wishes for your future endeavors.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply

      Thanks. I will try occasionally and there will be some blogging here, just not news ;-)

  10. Charlotte (onglette) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 7:32 pm Reply

    loved ur blog post. i cant imagine how it is like, and everyday I prepare myself the same journey being an ex-jouno, owner-tech-entrepreneur as well. Gigaom is incredible, and your personal journey too, in so many ways has been inspiring to me in Singapore. All the best! And maybe some day our paths will cross.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 8:32 am Reply

      Thanks Charlotte. Appreciate it.

  11. DangerousBri (@DangerousBri) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Loved reading all your writing. I found gigaom via popsugar. Giga won me over and I’ve been following tech ever since. I always look for your byline and make sure I read those articles. I hope you keep posting the what you’re reading today. You are a great filter and would miss tremendously. I hope you can live a little more relaxed now and enjoy life. Keep the photos coming too ;) All the best!

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 21st, 2014 at 8:32 am Reply

      Thanks @dangerousbri. I hope you will comeback here often enough and enjoy the fun stuff. Appreciate the attention over the years.

  12. Raj Banwait says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Can’t wait for the next TWIT and your new prespective, hope you much success, man!!!!

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:23 pm Reply

      I am looking forward to that too Raj.

  13. kittykelso says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 11:31 am Reply

    Om, you have offered the Internet an interesting insight of the economy and where it could go. I am happy to see you take whatever moves to get you to a happier step in life. Enjoy your freedom and all stress related to keep up the Newsletter. Thank you for your wisdom. Kitty Kelso

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Thanks Kitty.

  14. Tracy says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 11:25 am Reply

    It is a very deep and personal feeling to be a part of a start-up company. Congratulations, and good luck.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Thank you Tracy and you are right about start ups being a piece of your heart.

  15. mekalav (@mekalav) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply

    All the best Om for new n exciting journey ahead :-) thank you for creating gigaom ..

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Thank you :)

  16. Michelle Curtis (@marchenacurtis) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 11:05 am Reply

    Congratulations and best of luck in this new venture.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Michelle

  17. Robert Sinclaire (@RobertSinclaire) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 10:37 am Reply

    Good luck to you Om, and congratulations.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply

      Thanks Robert.

  18. TK (@tekayr) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 10:32 am Reply

    Good luck Om. You have left the blogosphere in a much better shape than you found…and thats an incredible footprint to leave.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply

      Thanks TK

  19. Keith Townsend says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 10:09 am Reply

    Om, your regular contributions will be missed. I’ve respected your perspective and your willingness to challenge conventional thinking. It should serve you well as a FT VC. Best of wishes and thanks for the mountains of content!

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:42 pm Reply

      Thanks Keith. I hope to write time to time.

  20. Allan G. Smorra says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 10:05 am Reply

    Thank you for your hard work and successful company, Gigaom. Good luck in this next chapter of life.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:34 pm Reply

      Thanks Allan

  21. Steven Chayer says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 9:48 am Reply

    Om, I miss you already. Best of Life going forward.

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:40 pm Reply

      Thanks Steven

  22. David Repas (@DavidRepas) says:

    February 20th, 2014 at 9:45 am Reply

    Wow, congratulations. I’m sure that it’s a bittersweet decision for you. I do hope that you’ll still write, even if it’s not as a reporter :o) Best, David

    1. Om Malik says:

      February 20th, 2014 at 12:40 pm Reply

      Live is about making these choices. Thanks for the kind words David.

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