178 thoughts on “Its Time To Transition”

  1. Kick-ass post, Om! Thanks for the props — but you know better than anyone, scooping is 10% making the right IM buddies and 90% showing up!

    And that seed money means you’re buying drinks next time.

  2. You have been my Guru in this new change of face for Internet. I started to read blogs from yours and like every programmer starts with “Hello World!” I start with subscribing to and reading your feeds.
    I live in India and not really bothered by US Boradband featured in your articles, but I read your every feed.

    In all probability you will win, all thumbs up.


  3. Congrats OM! You’re an entrepreneur now. You have the chops to pull it off. I think that you picked a bad time to quit smoking or was it sniffing glue πŸ˜‰

    Looking forward to working with you sometime soon.


  4. Congratulations Om!
    Best of luck in your new venture which I will be following closely. (Your mother must be very proud.)
    Kathleen Mullenweg

  5. I look forward to those apps, and to continuing posts here. Life must be very exciting for you at this point πŸ™‚ Good luck, and have fun!

  6. “Regret for what you have done is tempered by time. Regret for what you have not done is inconsolable.”

    I am very proud of you for making the move, and wish you lot’s of fun and success in the new adventure. I know that there are nothing but great things to come from you and Gigaom! Always here for you buddy…



  7. superior lamb chops at pakwan?? phhlleeease πŸ™‚ Om, now that you are an entrepreneur you need to switch gears: watch the owner-chef @ lahore karahi (lv & of) take your order, cook far better lamp chops you ever had (not to mention the best tandoori fish this side of the indus) and make you a lifelong customer with his million watt smile.

    good luck!!

  8. Om:

    Thanks for your example. Your words and generous spirit always spoke volumes. You’re the heart of the matter. You’re going to be missed. Best wishes in this exciting venture!

  9. First Scoble, now you. Who’s next? πŸ˜‰

    Can you please tell a bit about your startup? Congrats anyway!

  10. Congratulations Om, obviously you’ve built something noteworthy at GigaOM (who DOESN’T read it?) and it’ll be interesting to see whether you can carve out a bigger part of the economics than you would’ve as a senior writer at a conventional publication.

    I look forward to bigger and better things,


  11. Hi Om,

    I had been reading your articles for a while. I can’t wait to see a new venture from yours.

    Hearty Wishes, dear friend!!! πŸ™‚


  12. Best of Luck Om & Congratulations. Ive found GigaOM both informing and prime example of Internet journalisim done right. Im certainly looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in the future !

    Kind regards
    Brian H Fitzsimons
    Dublin, Ireland

  13. You were/are my inside man for industry news ( I work in an interactive advertising firm for one of the big MSO’s) -Good Luck!

  14. GigaOM is the first site I load every morning (well, right after GMail). My new job has me focused on broadband and multimedia applications, and this is the best site for late-breaking, unbiased info. I can’t wait to see how much better it can get.

    Best of luck!!

  15. All the very best, Om. Hope GigaOm becomes the next CNET or even better. Also hope you will not start charging us $ for content. πŸ™‚

  16. Om,
    Entrepreneurship is all about blind optimism and twenty four hour paronia. So good luck, sleeping with one eye open.

    But then the rewards are worth it!

    Wish you the best of luck and fortune.

  17. Best of luck OM… I left the VC business because I was bitten by the bug once again… there is nothing like building a company. Hence… this is my 5th startup in 16 years πŸ™‚

    I know that you will do well. I look forward to seeing it unfold!


  18. When I was a kid (80s GenX), we called it an “Okie Doke” which means “a dirty trick”.

    But don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll get the last laugh all the way to the bank.

    As we used to say in the 80s, “You are funky fresh.” “totally awesome.”

  19. Om,

    Congratulations! I’ll be reading. I love your site and have used it for some time to stay in the loop as far as broadband and startups are concerned (despite being in Michigan!). Thank you and best of luck!

    Reilly Brennan

  20. Congratulations Om!

    You have are too big of a thinker not to be doing your own thing. I heard you speak at Mesh and was so impressed with your big-picture view of everything and down-to-earth approach.

    I look forward to seeing your efforts unfold.

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  22. Valleywag scooping Om himself – now that is classic. Om is the master of scoops. I look forward to reading many more Om!!

    Best wishes,


  23. The first $100 million is the hardest. After that, it is smooth sailing! Just ask Clark McLeod! πŸ™‚

    All jokes aside, congratulations, and good luck!

  24. What a huge step for you! Your timing is perfect, and I can’t wait to watch all the success of the bigger and better GigaOm. Congrats and good luck.

  25. om,

    i’ve read this blog for sometime now.

    to be blunt i love your take on tech and trust your opinion.

    i can’t wait to see what develops and will promote your ventures to my network tirelessly.

    impressed and hopeful,


  26. Om,
    Best of luck to you. Congrats on the funding and most importantly, congrats on making the leap to follow your dream. We’re looking forward to hearing about your experiences as a entrepreneur.

  27. So glad you took the leap. Now don’t do anything stupid like not innovate or anything. You have a chance to change the rules, so do it!

    And let us all know if you need help. πŸ˜‰


  28. Congratulations on following your dreams, Om. Don’t let anyone get in the way of that, ever.

    I wish you all the best of luck with your future plans.


  29. Dear Om,

    The ferocity of posting and expanse of coverage on gigaom did have inklings of it being something more than just a hobby blog. (I remember some of those mid-night postings). I was actually expecting & “hoping” that one day you’ll get on to it full time into all this.

    Good luck Bhaaji

  30. Congrats Om !

    We’re honored to be involved with you and GigaOm.

    You’ve got the entrepreneurial brilliance and depth of integrity that makes our job as a VC a True privilege.

    Thanks for your confidence in us.

    My best,

  31. Congrats Om!

    We’re honored to be involved with you and GigaOm.

    You’ve got the entrepreneurial brilliance and depth of integrity that makes our job as a VC a true privilege (pun intended, of course).

    Thanks for your confidence in us.

    My best,

  32. Hey Om, Its really great to hear tht you are leaving to do what u do the best, Blog. In this age and time, guess its the Big Personalities rather than Big media companies which make headlines. A prudent decision. All the Very Best.

  33. Buona fortuna Om!
    don’t remeber the first time I hit your blog but since then I read it every day. I know broadband world from tech side already but you open a window on that world with a completely different perspective… so this will be just one of the 100th and something comment but there’s really a special occasion here!
    Really thanks for what you are doing!

  34. Congratulations Champ!

    We always knew you had it in you; that itch that drives us to create.

    We’re looking forward to watching your venture unfold. I’m sure I speak on behalf of the hundreds of startups that you’ve helped over the years — let us know how we can return the favor.

    Best of luck!

  35. Beautiful post. Best wishes. You may want to correct the title, though. It’d be a shame to reduce the impact due to bad grammar. Try “It’s Time to Transition”…

  36. hi om,

    I’ve been your reader the past few months. have enjoyed the scoops you brought.

    interesting to see where your new journey takes you. I hope you will keep blogging!’


  37. Congrats Om! It was amazing meeting you at Mesh Conference and enlightening to hear you speak. I know that you will succeed tremendously at your new endeavor.

  38. Brother Om-you da man. Best of luck in your new venture. Yet another exciting thing to know about and look forward to from the multi-talented Om Malik. We all expect good things!

  39. Anyones knows about the funding Om got, my reliable sources say its 10 million $$$s.

    I am just kidding, tried to act like Om πŸ™‚

    Congrats and Best of Luck !

  40. hey Om: looks like I am late and just catching up…whats going on? well …go for it. What the heck! Normal is boring…best wishes for an enRICHing & JOYful ride!!!!!!

    Om Shanti πŸ™‚

  41. Congratulations! Very Nice Sir Malik! Your journey sounds like an adventurous roadtrip. Let’s have some fun, it’s important πŸ™‚

    Trung Huynh from the Netherlands…

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  43. Smart move! I quit my job as journo in 1998 to devote more time to my online business, and I’ve never regretted it.

    Even a bad day working for yourself is better than a good day as as a wage slave.

  44. wow–what an announcement: OM Malik, loose agent.
    only OM could make a splash amidst world cup fever!
    champne toast, my friend.

  45. I agree with you about the rise of the MicroPubs. I’d be delighted to buy you a drink in London to discuss such things, if you ever find yourself over here!

  46. Al the best Om. Keep doing what you are doing…dont make major changes… we love your blog how it is right now…just give us more!

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