I have worked at
four content startups (including my current job at VentureBeat), three of them as a founder or member of the founding team, and several established national magazines. In all these roles, I’ve covered various parts of the Venn diagram where the three circles of technology, business, and science overlap. The work I’ve enjoyed the most has involved creating new editorial products to inform and entertain readers on complicated topics of wide-reaching importance.
At VentureBeat, my job is to lead the news team, hire outstanding talent, set ambitious goals for them, and get out of their way. My goal is to build VentureBeat into the most amazing, reliable, online news magazine for business and technology. So far, the site’s audience has more than tripled since I started, and now reaches more than 6 million people every month.
I write occasionally too.
Before VentureBeat, I spent four years at Wired. I built up the site’s first business blog, Epicenter, more than tripling its traffic to 1 million pageviews/month and winning a business journalism award in the first year. I also ran Gadget Lab, Wired.com’s hardware blog, for three years, increasing its traffic by 10x during a period when Wired.com’s overall traffic grew about 2x, and hiring some of its most successful writers.
I was the founding editorial director of PCMagCast, PC Magazine’s award-winning channel for live web seminars and online events. Before that, I was executive editor for Mobile, a monthly technology magazine (also known as Mobile PC), where I was part of the founding editorial staff. And I was one of two cofounders of a content syndication startup, Utipia, that raised a seed round and then fell victim to the dot-com crash.
My writing has appeared in many publications, including weekly columns I wrote for eCompany Now / Business 2.0 (“The Defogger”) and, before that, for InfoWorld (“Net Prophet”). In both columns I covered the intersection of business and technology.
I currently write the “Dylan’s Desk” column for VentureBeat, a weekly series on Silicon Valley, the tech industry, and the impacts of technology on business strategy.
My LinkedIn profile provides a pretty complete picture of my work career (including recommendations).
I’ve published a haiku magazine, tinywords, since 2000. With 3,700 subscribers, it is the largest-circulation publication of haiku in English.
On the side, I run an educational site providing information on SMS text messaging.
Random photos on Flickr.
Home page: tweney.com.