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Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today’s high-tech economy.

We are the authoritative voice on the exponential economy, the realm of business and innovation characterized by exponential technological growth and responsible for an increasing share of productivity and overall economic growth.

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Brian Caine
Publisher

Dan Stanton
Managing Editor

Dan Stanton is a business journalist with a focus on the life sciences industry. In addition to his Xconomy role, he is Founder and Editor of BioProcess Insider, a B2B news site supporting the bioprocessing industry.

Frank Vinluan
Editor

Frank is a business journalist with more than a decade of experience covering various aspects of technology and life sciences. Based in Raleigh, he was a staff writer at the Triangle Business Journal covering technology, biotechnology and energy before joining MedCityNews.com as North Carolina bureau chief. Prior to moving to North Carolina’s Research Triangle in 2007 he held business reporting positions at The Des Moines Register and The Seattle Times. Frank has a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Sarah de Crescenzo
Editor

Sarah joins Xconomy from the San Diego Business Journal, where she covered technology and finance, where she wrote about locally based tech companies including Qualcomm and Teradata and banks including the region’s largest ($10B+-asset BofI Federal), newest (Endeavor, est. 2018), and most innovative (crypto-friendly Silvergate).

Previously she covered government, crime, education and other subjects as a staff writer for outlets throughout California, including the Orange County Register; Patch, the (then) AOL-owned hyperlocal news network; the Daily Republic, in Northern California; and the Porterville Recorder, in California’s Central Valley. During college – she graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in English literature – she wrote for the student newspaper and played on the women’s lacrosse team. She lives in San Diego’s coastal North County and spends most of her free time exploring local craft breweries, reading sci-fi, and studying at UC Irvine, where she is completing her MBA.

Melissa Fassbender
Editor

Melissa Fassbender joins Xconomy from Outsourcing-Pharma, where she led the website’s coverage of the global outsourced drug development industry, including preclinical research, clinical trials, and support services. Prior to this role, she was the editor of Product Design and Development, a print and online publication dedicated to design engineering across several markets, such as consumer electronics, medical devices, aerospace, among others.

Mike Ward
Editor

John Carey
Contributing Editor

John Carey is a freelance writer covering the environment, energy, science, technology and medicine. Until 2010, he was senior correspondent in Business Week’s Washington Bureau. In his 21 years at the magazine, he wrote stories on everything from sequencing the human genome and global warming to tobacco regulation, election technology, cholesterol-lowering drugs and renewable energy. Prior to Business Week, Mr. Carey spent a year as an editor of The Scientist, three years as a writer and editor for National & International Wildlife magazines, and six years at Newsweek, where he covered science, technology, and health. He now writes for publications like Scientific American, Conservation, and National Wildlife. His stories have won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Wistar Institute, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Deadline Club, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Oversees Press Club, and others. He was also a National Magazine Award finalist. Mr. Carey has degrees in biochemistry (B.S., Yale University), marine biology (M.Sc., University College of North Wales), and forest ecology (M.F.S., Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies).

Danielle Piro
Business Development Manager

In her previous role as Sales Manager for Paybefore, Danielle worked with payments technology innovators to create sponsorship packages that maximize their exposure. She has a wealth of experience in digital media sales and events, previously serving as a senior account executive at Netted by The Webbys, which reports on the best sites, apps and connected products. She also has served in senior roles at ClickZ Group and Shecky’s Media. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Manhattan College in picturesque Riverdale, NY.

Cheryl Wall
Business Development Manager

Cheryl joins Xconomy after working as publisher and sales director for BioTechniques, which produces news features and peer-reviewed articles focusing on the latest in methods and techniques for lab scientists and connects product and service providers to lab researchers. Prior to that she was a sales manager for Pharmaceutical Technology.

Nate Leskovic
Senior Marketing Specialist

Nate spent a number of years as a newspaper and magazine editor and reporter, covering mostly politics and music, before transitioning into marketing and communications work. He was most recently at Primary Care Progress, a healthcare company focused on advocating for and strengthening the primary care system. Nate has a bachelor’s in international politics from Georgetown University and a master’s in journalism from Boston University.

Andrew Koyfman
Chief Technology Officer Emeritus

Andrew has eight-plus years of experience in the software industry. He recently completed his MBA at MIT Sloan, where he was involved with the MIT Venture Capital and Private Equity Club and the MIT Sales Club. Prior to Sloan, he was a cofounder and the Chief Architect of Swapthing.com, an online bartering site. Andrew earned a B.Sc. in Math and Computer Science and an M.Sc. in Computer Science at Brown University.

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