It's been five crazy years. I'm out, scout

It's been five crazy years. I'm out, scout

Summary: It's been one hell of a ride on the good ship ZDNet. On Monday, I'm hopping aboard a new vessel.

TOPICS: Tech Industry

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.

Topic: Tech Industry

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • And so the brain-drain at ZD-Net continues...

    ... I've enjoyed your reporting, Andrew. Good luck with your endeavors!
    • Meh

      With all due respect to Andrew and others before him, tech journalism, if you really want to call it that, has lost its way. The truth is that fact reporters and truth tellers have been replaced with a race over who can generate the most clicks and by any means necessary. While I most certain wish Andrew the best in what I imagine is a promotion, I'm not so sure I would call this a brain drain. My only hope is Fortune is a better place to blog for than ZDnet with more focus on content than clicks. Sadly, we all know that's not true.
  • I've enjoyed your posts and Talkback comments, Andrew

    You will be missed. Good luck and Godspeed.
  • It's been five crazy years. I'm out, scout

    Good luck with the new job.
  • Sorry to see you go...

    But is there ANY chance you could take Jason Perlow with you? It would kind of even out the brain drain...
    The Werewolf!
  • All the best Andrew.

    Good Luck with your new endeavour
  • Good luck Andrew!

    May you always have plenty of RAM, and your hard drive is never full!
  • good luck

    At fortune and I enjoyed reading your articles!!
  • Congratulations Andrew

    Always exciting to start down a new path. Hard to believe when you first started at ZDNet the iPhone was just starting to shake up the phone market.
  • Congrats and Good Luck

    Sad to see you go
    Ram U
  • Good luck Andrew

    Here's to good fortune at Fortune magazine :)