I started a new job this week, as business editor at Wired News, the online arm of Wired magazine. I couldn’t be more thrilled about this new assignment. I’ll be responsible for the web site’s business and gadgets coverage, including overseeing the blogs Gadget Lab and Epicenter.
Wired News doesn’t really have any business coverage per se yet, so I have some scope to define that beat. The way I see it, Wired already covers the essentials of business — innovation, smart people, trends in infotech, biotech, nanotech, space — and it’s simply my job to continue and expand that mission. So you won’t see us trying to clone Business Week’s, or CNet’s biz tech coverage — instead, we’ll be pursuing business coverage in a uniquely Wired way. The front line of that coverage will be the Epicenter blog.
And, of course, there’s the gadgets–I get to play with and write about lots of toys again. As an added bonus, I get to do this with some of my buddies from Mobile PC, including Wired’s products editor Mark McClusky, Danny Dumas, and Chris Imlay.
Wired’s parent, Conde Nast, is in the process of launching a new business magazine called Portfolio. I’m not involved with that at all and I know nothing about it. But this article from last week nicely summarizes why I’m psyched to be doing business news for Wired: