Farewell, Seattle: A Changing of the Xconomy Guard, and a New Beginning

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a few things in my time here. One, the business community respects and rewards hard-working journalists who genuinely seek to understand their subjects and have integrity. Two, this community is truly special. It’s a tight-knit place, with a very strong cluster of talent in software, mobile, biotech, and, increasingly, cleantech. Unlike, say, New York (or even Boston), where people come and go all the time, it’s incredibly important here to build lasting personal relationships.

And I’ve really enjoyed that aspect of my job. I know who our supporters are here, and I will work extra hard to keep my Seattle connections strong. Being a far-flung national network of local sites, we already know something about forming strong relationships face to face, keeping them fresh through phone calls, e-mails, and occasional visits, and cross-pollinating ideas from different cities. (Also, I’m not actually moving until July, so I intend to get in as much happy hour mileage as possible before then.)

I am confident that the best is yet to come from the Seattle innovation community. Although the recession hit hard a few months after I arrived, things have already turned for the better in the Seattle tech scene. Back in June 2008, there was no TechStars here, no Founder’s Co-op, no Founder Institute, no FounderDating, no RevenueLoan, no UW Center for Commercialization—not to mention no Seattle 2.0, no TechFlash, and no Xconomy to report on all those developments (no local TechCrunch representation either). On the big company front, Amazon has gotten noticeably stronger, Microsoft continues to reinvent itself, Google keeps growing here, RealNetworks got a new boss, Facebook has a new Seattle office, and Twitter bought its first Seattle company (Cloudhopper).

So, in the end, this isn’t really farewell. It’s hello to a fresh new perspective for Xconomy Seattle from Thea and Luke, and a new perspective from me on how Seattle fits into the national technology picture. While I will be filing stories from the other side of the country, I certainly won’t forget the people here—especially those who have gone out of their way to help us, both personally and professionally. To all of our readers and supporters, I want to say thank you for an amazing couple of years. Now let’s keep it going.

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Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and Editor of Xconomy Boston. E-mail him at gthuang [at] xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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  • Greg,

    You and Luke and the rest of the Xconomy crew have made a huge contribution here in Seattle. The combination of in-depth coverage, multi-sector coverage, and multi-city coverage is unique and compelling, and the events are a great way to bring people together. There’s so much we can learn from each other.

    Congratulations on this new milestone — adding the Bay Area to the mix will make it even more exciting. And the staffing “musical chairs” should be a huge plus: Seattle perspective moving to Boston, and Boston perspective moving to SF.

    Keep up the great work!

  • ^^
    What he said!

  • It’s going to be tough to lose one our best and brightest journalists, but our loss is definitely Boston’s (re-) gain. Thanks so much for writing many of the most interesting and honest stories I’ve read over the last two years. Don’t forget about all the little people out here. :)

  • Ken Myer


    You’ve done a great job covering the local tech scene and our loss is Boston’s gain. Your high reporting standards — and quiet thoughtfulness — will be missed.

  • Nikesh Parekh


    Congratulations on your new opportunities. The growth of Xconomy into multiple cities with more people is a true testament to the market need you are attacking – in-depth reporting plus softer contributions building the technology communities in each of your cities.

    Personally, it has been great getting to know you and you will be truly missed. But I know we will continue to see and hear you here in Seattle.


  • Rick LeFaivre

    Greg, it’s been great working with you over the past several years. Your in-depth reporting of the local tech scene was greatly appreciated, and as you take on your new responsibilities in Boston, we all hope you’ll find the time to get back out here on occasion. Best of luck!

  • Greg – it has been great having you in town. Xconomy is a success story and has become a must-read. Although we will miss having you here, it is also a big win for us to have someone with your intimate knowledge of our community making literal connections in Boston. Looking forward to keeping in touch! John

  • All,
    Thanks for your very kind words. I look forward to fostering many more connections between the cities, and I won’t be a stranger. Our work in Seattle is really just beginning.