I love possibilities, I believe in people & Imagineering.
I am a partner at True Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based early-stage venture capital group. Prior to joining True, I was the founder of GigaOm, a pioneering technology blog and media company.
Prior to founding GigaOm, I worked in various editorial roles for Business 2.0, Forbes.com, Red Herring, and Quick Nikkei News. In September 2008, I joined True Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture firm that was an early investor in GigaOm as a venture partner. In 2014, I became a full partner at the firm. Check out my Wikipedia page.
- Founder at GigaOm
- Partner at True Ventures
- Alumnus of Business 2.0, Forbes.com, Red Herring, and Quick Nikkei News.
- Author of Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist
- Graduate of St. Stephens’ College in New Delhi (1986)
- Supporter of UCSF and its Cardiac Department
- New Yorker in San Francisco
- Follow me on Twitter @Om
My writings have also appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Fast Company, Wired, and The Wall Street Journal. This is my personal blog about startups, technology, Silicon Valley culture, music, books, baseball, clothing, and my life.
The Journey So Far
- Born and raised in Delhi, India.
- In 1986, graduated from St. Stephens’ College, New Delhi, with an honors degree in chemistry.
- Moved to New York in the early 1990s.
- Started Desiparty.com, a South Asian Events Listings Service.
- Co-founded Masala magazine focused on South Asian diaspora.
- In 1995, joined Quick Nikkei News, where I covered chip technologies and early Internet technologies.
- In May 1997 joined Forbes.com.
- In February 2000 joined Hambrecht & Quist Asia Pacific.
- Joined Red Herring in February 2000.
- Started GigaOm in December 2001.
- Joined Business 2.0 in March 2003. [Some notable Business 2.0 stories: The New Road to Riches, The Rise of The Instant Company, How to Ride the Fifth Wave, and How to Build a Bulletproof Startup.]
- Published my first book, Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist. (Take a look on Google Books or buy it from Amazon.com.)
- In 2006, turned GigaOm blog into a company. Having forecasted the rise of micro-pubs as early as 2003, it was the most obvious thing to do.
- In June 2006, raised seed funding from True Ventures.
- In December 2007, I suffered a heart attack.
- In September 2008, I joined True Ventures as a venture partner.
- In December 2013, left GigaOm and became a full partner of the firm.
Awards & Press
I have often made appearances on several television shows such as Bloomberg, National Public Radio; BBC Television & Radio; CNN; CNBC and many Internet shows such as the Twit.tv. I am often quoted in several print and online publications as well.
- Excellence in Journalism (Feature Writing (non-daily print) for Vinod’s Time) for 2000-2001 from SPJ, North California
- The gold award from the 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 may just 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 the 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.