As most of you know, I’ve spent the last 2 years working at The Economist
, a 168 year old British publication that I’ve been reading since the age of 16, and which I like to think informed my choice of an International Relations major in university. At The Economist, I’ve built new mobile products including 3 apps (HTML5
), hacked at our audio
programs, cut video
, researched new business extensions including gaming and dating, contributed editorial articles on energy
, and social innovation
, and even launched our internal innovation lab The Economist Group Media Lab. It’s been a wild adventure, and probably the best way I could have dreamed to dive head first into publishing in one of the most exciting cities in the world.
The confluence of media and technology here in New York is invigorating. Each day working in publishing, especially on the digital side, brings new ideas and new challenges. This industry is not for the weak; it is for the creative and the hungry—for those who want to stand by their principles, for those who care to press forward their impassioned ideas, and for those who crave success as well as personal fulfillment. I am excited each time I am introduced to another young man or woman looking to enter the industry, and this is how I will always aspire to feel about my career.
Today, I’ve got some exciting news to announce. My last day at The Economist will be Tuesday March 20th. On April 1st, I will begin my new job at one of The Economist’spartners, an Irish news startup called Storyful
. I’ll be heading up the Americas here in NYC, which will include managing our editorial relationships with publications such as the New York Times and The Economist, and also relationships with tech companies like Google and YouTube. Storyful is making social news and user-generated content stronger through technology and editorial curation, and as such is an exciting business while also a fun and unique opportunity. I will still be writing for The Economist and VentureBeat among other publications, but will be wholeheartedly focused on making Storyful the best product it can be. As I’ll be building out the Americas team in the next few months, keep an eye out for another post.
I wanted to thank everyone who I’ve met and worked with over the last 2 years for your support and friendship. Working at The Economist has been an incredible learning experience and a great way to start my career. I hope that anyone I have worked or partnered with or even written about has found as much value in me as I in you.