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Moving On…Hello Orange

21 February 2014 Ken Yeung 39 Comments

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As we wind down the week filled with news of Facebook’s monstrous acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion, Paul Graham stepping down as president of Y Combinator, Apple acquiring Burstly (creators of TestFlight), and more, I thought it might be a good time to reflect on what’s been going on in my life and where I’ll be heading soon.

I must admit that I’m rather nervous about writing this post — it’s certainly not easy. So I’ll just flat out say it: next week will be my last time writing as a full-time journalist at The Next Web. It’s time for me to move on. Starting next month, I’ll be working with Orange Silicon Valley as one of its Strategy and Research Content Leads.

So long TNW

But leaving The Next Web isn’t an easy thing to do. After all, it’s where I got my start as a professional blogger/journalist. Before that, I worked hard to get to where I am thanks to the support of role models like Shashi Bellamkonda and Steve Fisher who encouraged me to write for them at Network Solutions, along with Brian Solis who gave me a shot at Bub.blicio.us and has offered me his support and advice time and time again.

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Working at The Next Web has been both rewarding and invigorating. I had the distinct honor and pleasure with working with some of the smartest people in the tech journalism space, including Martin Bryant, Josh Ong, Jon Russell, Emil Protalinski, Natt Garun, Kaylene Hong, Ben Woods, Nick Summers, Paul Sawers, Matt Navarra, Owen Williams, and Jackie Dove.

In addition, I’ve been fortunate to have worked with Matthew Panzarino, Alex Wilhelm, Brad McCartyMatt Brian, Robin Wauters, Harrison Weber, Zee Kane, and many others.

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten and Patrick de Laive for starting The Next Web and giving me this opportunity.

During my 1.5 years here, TNW has certainly offered me a great role in getting out there to meet with some of the movers and shakers in Silicon Valley and the tech industry. I would have never imagined being able to chat with folks at Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Twitter, Salesforce, Box, Twilio, Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and many other companies. The team is seriously top-notch and if you have a chance to meet any of them in person or even attend their conferences, it’ll be one of the best decisions you ever made.

To date, I’ve published 1,690 posts. An impressive feat for me, at least. I hope to one day be able to catalog them all and pick out the ones that mean the most to me.

Putting it all out there.

So what does this all mean? For the record, I did not leave TNW on bad terms — in fact, I adore everyone there and strongly believe in the publication’s mission. That being said, Orange Silicon Valley offered me a role where I can still write about cool technology applications and news without having the pressure at ‘being on’ all the time. In my capacity, I’ll be producing more reports and analytical pieces for various stakeholders and also assisting with Orange Fab, the French telecom giant’s accelerator program.

I begin this exciting new role in March and hope to continue to network with many of you during my tenure and hope that you’ll keep me in mind about any cool things you’re doing or that you’re aware of. While I don’t have my work email set up yet, in the meantime, you can chat with me at ken [at] thelettertwo dot com.

If you’re looking to pitch me for coverage on The Next Web, starting Wednesday, February 26, 2014, may I suggest that you forward them on to tips [at] thenextweb dot com and someone will take a look at it.

The Next Web is hiring someone for my role so if you’re interested, please contact Martin Bryant, Editor-in-Chief, for more details: martin [at] thenextweb dot com.

Thanks for the memories, TNW. It was fun.

P.S. Yes, I’ll be at SXSW so let’s meet up.

Photo credit: Xlibber/Flickr, TNW Conference photo via Julia De Boer/TNW

Ken Yeung is a interactive strategist, project manager, and tech journalist. He's currently a Strategy and Research Content Lead at Orange Silicon Valley. Previously, he was the Bay Area Reporter for The Next Web, the Editor-in-Chief of Bub.blicio.us and a correspondent for Network Solutions' small business blog. These words are his own and not of his employer.
  • http://www.semilshah.com/ Semil Shah

    This is exciting man! Reminds me we are due for a catch up, too. Maybe in SXSW!

  • http://www.thelettertwo.com/ Ken Yeung

    Yes, most definitely!

  • davidklayton

    Congrats, very exciting!

  • shawndotscott

    Congrats Ken! I wish you all the best in the future!

  • http://twitter.com/sukhjit sukhjit

    Great move, Ken. You’ll be fantastic in that role! Orange is lucky to have snagged you.

  • Marie Williams

    Sounds like a great move for you, Ken, I’m happy for you (though sad for TNW). Have fun at SXSW!

  • http://twitter.com/wesley83 wesley83

    Congratulations! See you at SXSW.

  • geofflivingston

    Huge congratulations, Ken! And this means I want to interview you at SxSW!

  • http://getlittlebird.com/ Marshall Kirkpatrick

    Congratulations, Ken! I can attest that there is life after tech blogging, but there’s nothing quite like it. That said, this sounds like a really sweet gig. I hope it treats you fabulously.

  • http://www.thelettertwo.com/ Ken Yeung

    Sounds good.

  • http://www.thelettertwo.com/ Ken Yeung

    Thanks Marshall!

  • http://www.thelettertwo.com/ Ken Yeung

    Looking forward to it!

  • http://www.thelettertwo.com/ Ken Yeung

    Thanks @sukhjit:disqus!

  • http://www.howardgreenstein.com/blog Howard Greenstein

    Hope to hear more at SXSW. Congrats, Ken and best of luck! Hope for you, Orange is the new Green $ :)

  • http://blog.roost.com Derek Overbey

    I’ll just lean over and get the inside scoop Ken. But no spooning!

  • http://www.thelettertwo.com/ Ken Yeung

    I make no promises @roost:disqus

  • http://twitter.com/andysternberg Andy Sternberg

    Awesome. Congrats Ken, see you in Austin!

  • http://www.secretsushi.com/ Adam Helweh

    I’ve had my eye on you since shortly after you hit the Valley. Congrats on continuing to make moves Ken.

  • http://www.thelettertwo.com/ Ken Yeung

    Thanks @Adam Helweh:disqus

  • http://web-strategist.com/blog Jeremiah Owyang

    Ken congrats that’s awesome news!

  • jai

    I that means your not moving to the south bay. ;o) congrats and good luck!

  • Heidi Groshelle

    You earned it! Bravo!

  • Claire Chang

    Congratz Ken!!! Moving on to do great things!

  • Shauna Causey

    Big congrats, Ken! I admire you for taking the leap to TNW and now in this new opp. Keep at it!

  • BWRick

    Congratulations on the next chapter Ken.

  • yudashkai

    Thanks – congrats!

  • http://www.twitter.com/gingerw gingerw

    Yay! Congrats Ken. Super happy for you. Orange is incredibly lucky to have you. Maybe I’ll see you at sxsw ;)

  • http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/ Tom Foremski

    Congrats!

  • http://www.davedelaney.me/ Dave Delaney

    Congrats Ken. I’ve continually been impressed by your coverage of the space. I am certain TNW is sad to see you go.

    I’m excited for these next steps. You’re a great guy, great things happen to great people. Keep up the awesome.

    Cheers!

  • Chad Wittman

    Congratulations Ken. I am certain you will accomplish your goals at the next venture, and we all know TNW will be missing a great part of their team.

    Best of luck and never hesitate to let me know if I can be of assistance.

  • mariosundar

    Congrats, man. Keep rocking on! Too bad we missed you at the party last month. Let’s make up for it sometime soon. :)

  • Brian Zisk

    Congratulations to you and Orange. :-)

  • http://zee.me/ Zee

    Best of luck Ken

  • http://carlospache.co/ Carlos Pacheco

    Congrats Mr. Yeung!

  • http://sweetlabs.com Alan Masarsky

    Huge congrats, Ken! The Orange team is lucky to have you on board. Let’s catch up at SXSW!

  • Kristin Hersant

    Congratulations, Ken! Best of luck in your new venture. I’m sure you’re going to kill it. ;)

  • http://www.thelettertwo.com/ Ken Yeung

    Sounds good!

  • Eric Mason

    Congratulations Ken

  • http://www.blogworldexpo.com/ @dave_blogworld

    Wishing you a great new path at Orange, Ken. Miss ya, haven’t gotten to see you for a while! Hoping we bump into each other sooner than later. Best, Dave