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Before launching Xconomy, Bob was a research fellow in MIT’s Center for International Studies. He previously served as Editor-in-Chief of MIT’s Technology Review, leading the magazine to numerous editorial and design awards and overseeing its expansion into three foreign markets, its introduction of electronic newsletters, and its organization of highly successful conferences. Earlier, as BusinessWeek‘s technology editor, he shared in the 1992 National Magazine Award for “The Quality Imperative,” a special issue of the magazine. Bob is also the author of three books about technology and innovation. Guanxi (2006) looks at Microsoft’s Beijing research lab as a metaphor for global competitiveness. Engines of Tomorrow (2000) describes the evolution of corporate research. The Invention That Changed the World (1996) examines the work of a secret lab at MIT during WWII. Bob served on the Council on Competitiveness-sponsored National Innovation Initiative and as an advisor to the Draper Prize Nominating Committee. He has been a regular guest of CNBC’s Strategy Session and has spoken about innovation to many organizations, including the Business Council, Amazon, eBay, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.
Gregory T. Huang
Editor in Chief
Greg oversees news, features, and events across Xconomy’s national network. Before Xconomy, he was a features editor at New Scientist magazine, where he edited and wrote articles on physics, technology, and neuroscience. Previously he was senior writer at Technology Review, where he covered advances in computing, robotics, and devices. His writing has appeared in Wired, Nature, and The Atlantic Monthly‘s website. Greg is the co-author of Guanxi (Simon & Schuster, 2006), about Microsoft in China. He was named a New York Times professional fellow in 2003. Before becoming a journalist, he did research at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. He has a Master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
National Biotechnology Editor
Alex covers the life sciences with an emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining Xconomy, he ran biopharma coverage at the Elsevier publication Start-Up and wrote for its sister publications In Vivo and The Pink Sheet. Alex covered the first dot-com boom with CNET News and the Industry Standard and co-founded the high-tech satire magazine In Formation. In between (and sometimes during) staff jobs, he has also written for publications including Wired, ReadyMade, Popular Science, Architecture, SF Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Chow, and Business 2.0. He lives in his hometown of San Francisco with his wife and daughters, plays baseball in a 30-and-over league, and grows lettuce in the summer fog.
Deputy Editor, Biotechnology
Ben is a seasoned business journalist that comes to Xconomy after a nine-year stint at The Deal, where he covered corporate transactions in industries ranging from biotech to auto parts and gaming. Most recently, Ben was The Deal’s senior healthcare writer, focusing on acquisitions, venture financings, IPOs, partnerships and industry trends in the pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and med tech spaces. Ben wrote features on creative biotech financing models, analyses of middle market and large cap buyouts, spin-offs and restructurings, and enterprise pieces on legal issues such as pay-for-delay agreements and the Affordable Care Act. Before switching to the healthcare beat, Ben was The Deal’s senior bankruptcy reporter, covering the restructurings of the Texas Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, GM, Delphi, Trump Entertainment Resorts and Blockbuster, among others. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in English from Binghamton University.
Jeff Bauter Engel
Deputy Editor, Tech
Jeff joins Xconomy from The Milwaukee Business Journal, where he covered manufacturing and technology and wrote about companies including Johnson Controls, Harley-Davidson and MillerCoors. He previously worked as the business and healthcare reporter for the Marshfield News-Herald in central Wisconsin. He graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor degree in journalism and Spanish. At Marquette he was an award-winning reporter and editor with The Marquette Tribune, the student newspaper. During college he also was a reporter intern for the Muskegon Chronicle and Grand Rapids Press in west Michigan.
Editor, Xconomy Seattle
Jeff joins Xconomy from The Monroe Times, where he covered crime and courts. He has contributed to Isthmus, Madison’s alt-weekly newspaper, on topics such as municipal broadband, civic hacking, data centers and computer science education. Prior to being bit by the journalism bug, he worked in health IT at Epic. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in political science and Spanish. In college he wrote for Vanderbilt View, a magazine covering the school’s faculty and staff.
Sarah Schmid Stevenson
Custom Content Editor, Xconomy Insight
Sarah joins Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor after working in Communications for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s business development office, and the Michigan House of Representatives. She’s an award-winning journalist who cut her teeth at the small but fiercely muckraking Missoula Independent, where she carved out a beat covering issues critical to Native American people living in the state of Montana. Her reporting resulted in institutional changes that forced local school districts to better serve Native students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and proudly calls Detroit “the most fascinating city I’ve ever lived in.”
Editor, Xconomy San Francisco
Bernadette has covered information technology, biotechnology, business, law, environment, and government as a Bay area journalist. She has written about edtech, mobile apps, social media startups, and life sciences companies for Xconomy, and tracked the adoption of Web tools by small businesses for CNBC. She was a biotechnology reporter for the business section of the San Francisco Chronicle, where she also wrote about software developers and early commercial companies in nanotechnology and synthetic biology.
Editor, Xconomy Raleigh-Durham
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, Xconomy San Diego
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.
David has spent most of his career covering business of every kind, from breweries in Oregon to investment banks in New York. A native of the Pacific Northwest, David started his career reporting at weekly and daily newspapers that still print the news, covering everything from murder trials and city council meetings to the expanding startup tech industry in the region. He left West Coast to pursue business journalism in New York, first covering biotech and then private equity at The Deal. After spending two years at Bloomberg News writing about high-yield bonds and leveraged loans, David relocated from New York to Austin, TX. He graduated from Portland State University, and has rooted for the Oregon Ducks since way before they were ever cool (or had a winning record).
Brian writes about technology and innovation from Boston. Before joining Xconomy, he reported on Massachusetts government and politics for the Boston Herald and previously wrote as a general assignment reporter covering everything from crime and courts to electoral politics, business, and international politics. Brian earned a master’s degree in newspaper writing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and started his career at the Hartford Courant writing about manufacturing and energy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Theology from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Wade is a veteran journalist with a focus on information technology. As a staffer with MIT’s Technology Review from 2001 to 2006, he served as senior editor, San Francisco bureau chief, and executive editor of TechnologyReview.com. Before joining TR, Wade was the Boston bureau reporter for Science, managing editor of supercomputing publications at NASA Ames Research Center, and Web editor at e-book pioneer NuvoMedia. He has a B.A. in the history of science from Harvard University and a PhD in the history and social study of science and technology from MIT. His work has appeared in Science, Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, and Encyclopaedia Brittanica, and he has been a guest commentator on CNN, CNBC, NECN, WGBH, NPR, and PBS.
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).
Business Development Manager
A born and bred New Yorker, it comes as no surprise Danielle will be heading up the New York branch of Xconomy. In her most recent role as Sales Manager for Paybefore, Danielle worked with payments technology innovators to create sponsorship packages that maximize their exposure. Piro 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. Piro holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Manhattan College in picturesque Riverdale, NY.
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 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.
Events and Marketing Coordinator
Prior to joining Xconomy, Ashley worked at MassChallenge as a creative and public relations intern, where she would help create visual materials, organize and plan events, as well as manage media relations and coordinate interviews for journalists. Ashley is a graduate of Suffolk University, where she studied public relations, event planning, and graphic design.
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.
Rebecca was previously the managing editor of Physician’s First Watch, a daily e-newsletter from the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine. Before helping launch First Watch, she spent a decade covering innovation for Technology Review, Scientific American, and Discover Magazine‘s TV show. In 2005-2006 she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University and a master’s in science journalism from Boston University.
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