How to go from lone blogger to news organization: VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall [Interview]

How to go from lone blogger to news organization: VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall [Interview]

An ex-correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Matt Marshall is now the founder of VentureBeat -A digital publication to provide news about innovation for forward-thinking executives. He has been in Silicon Valley for ten years and has some interesting perspective on the technology industry’s evolution from first dot com crash to the fast growing ecosystem it is today.  I asked about how he set up VentureBeat and his plans for the future.

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Matt also covered venture capital for the San Jose Mercury News until he left in September 2006 to launch VentureBeat as an independent company. In 2007, he teamed up with Eric Eldon, who became the site’s second writer. In early 2008, VentureBeat hired Anthony Ha and veteran reporter Dean Takahashi. More recently, VentureBeat hired Camille Ricketts and Kim-Mai Cutler.

In 2008, the New York Times called VentureBeat one of the “best blogs on the Web,” and now the NYT runs VentureBeat’s articles on its web site. In March 2009, VentureBeat signed a partnership agreement with IDG to produce DEMO, the leading conference for launching emerging technology products.

Matt, who currently serves as Editor-in-Chief, covered the venture capital beat for the San Jose Mercury News from 2001 to 2006. He significantly expanded the newspaper’s coverage of venture capital during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat from 2004.

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