One of the best and little-known parts about working at ZDNet is that everyone has a sense of humor. For a business technology publication, that's a rarity. It's hard to crack jokes about in-memory databases or S-1 filings, but we've managed to do it. Regularly.
(I know, I know. Given the usual bloodsport in the comments section of these pages, I'd be surprised, too. But there it is.)
Nonetheless, after more than five years of cracking up and crushing it with one of the finest teams in tech, I'm moving on. I'll be handling technology coverage for Fortune magazine, on the web and in print.
I'm sad to go, obviously. This is a tight-knit family. (One of the first things out of crack reporter Zack Whittaker's mouth upon hearing the news: "Well, now you're dead to us." Not long after, my corporate laptop completely bricked. Coincidence? I'll let you decide.)
And I've certainly had a ball. I've been to all corners of the U.S. (and overseas) with laptop and phone and camera and Mi-Fi and notebook in hand, covering milestone moments in technology. I was in the audience when the first Google Android smartphone was introduced. I stood before Amazon's Jeff Bezos as he introduced his iPad killer, holding it over his head triumphantly. I watched as Steve Ballmer delivered his last Consumer Electronics Show keynote with as much fervor as his first. I toured the research labs of General Motors and Ford, two companies that never used to appear in these pages and yet now are technology companies in their own right. And I've spoken to countless enterprise technology startups who are are taking on challenges far more impactful than, say, Twitter, but whose names are still unknown to most.
It's been tremendously rewarding, and I can't thank ZDNet editor-in-chief Larry Dignan enough for indulging me all those years ago. He's the reason I've been able to meet you and shake your hand at industry conferences, go to war with you in the TalkBack section and raise a toast with you at corporate receptions. (Seriously, I've never had more salmon in my life.)
Now that "technology" is essentially everything around us, I can't wait to see how it continues creeping into areas never before wired: retail, and healthcare, and the aforementioned automotive industry. I may not be playing on Team ZDNet anymore, but you'll no doubt find me in the trenches with them anyway, scribbling notes furiously and wondering if the next life-changing invention is already here.
Thanks for reading.