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.

We deliver this valuable content through a unique global network of localized news sites, events, conferences, and other initiatives designed to better connect people and ideas.

Our Mission

Robert Buderi
Founder, Chairman

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.

Rebecca Zacks
Co-Founder, COO, Executive Editor

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.

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 WiredNature, 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.

Alex Lash
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.

Ben Fidler
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 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.

Corie Lok
Special Projects Editor

Before joining Xconomy, Corie was at Nature for 12 years, first as an editor with the Careers section, then as a senior editor who created and launched Nature Network (a blogging and social networking website), and finally as an editor and features writer on Nature’s news team. She earned a master’s degree in science journalism from Boston University and was a producer on the science and health beat for two national radio shows at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Toronto. She then spent two years covering emerging technologies with MIT Technology Review before arriving at Nature.Corie is based in Boston and loves reading stories to her young son and playing the obscure but exciting winter sport of curling.

Jeff Buchanan
Editor, Xconomy Wisconsin

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
Editor, Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor

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.”

Angela Shah
Editor, Xconomy Texas

Angela has written about startups along a wide entrepreneurial spectrum, from Silicon Valley transplants to Austin partying in the ’90s tech boom to 20-something women defying cultural norms as they seek to build vital IT infrastructure in a war-torn Afghanistan. As a foreign correspondent based in Dubai, her work appeared in The New York TImes, TIME, Newsweek/Daily Beast and Forbes Asia. With the launch of Xconomy Texas, she’s returned to her hometown of Houston and now writes about innovation in the Lone Star State.

Bernadette Tansey
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.

Frank Vinluan
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 Holley
National Correspondent

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 Dowling
Senior Editor

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 Roush
Contributing Editor

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
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).

Walter Kupiec
Executive Vice President, Business Development

Walter has led national and international sales and business development teams for leading media and ad technology companies for over 25 years. He has overseen key strategic partnerships and managed the marketing and events teams at a variety of media companies throughout his career. He was recognized as a “Digital Media Leader” in 1997 during the early years of digital advertising by a leading industry publication. During this time Walter has successfully grown revenues and created and managed key strategic partnerships with leading companies in Business to Business and Business to Consumer. Walter has been a speaker at various industry conferences and seminars on digital media and the evolution of advertising technologies and brings his wealth of experience to the Business Development team at Xconomy.

William A. Ghormley
Senior Vice President, Business Development

Bill has worked in marketing and new business creation in a number of industries, including media. His past employers include Polaroid’s OEM organization, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Kendall Healthcare. Bill also served as president of the Marketing Science Institute, a Cambridge-based research center created by the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School to measure media impact on customer attitudes and behaviors. Bill studied economics at Stanford, history at Boston College, and business at Dartmouth.

Danielle Piro
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.

Michael Dunnet
Business Development Manager

Having recently transferred to the US from the London office, Mike will be heading up sales for the Southeast region, along with our Tech efforts in Boston. Mike has been with the Informa group for over 5 years, with his most recent position being Business Development Manager for the Life Sciences division, creating sponsorship packages for their biopharmaceutical portfolio of events, as well as digital solutions. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Portsmouth on the south coast of the UK.

Krista Johnson
Account Executive

Krista joined Xconomy with 17 years of experience in media – print, online and events – between the electronics and technology industries. She has been involved in almost all aspects of the business bringing a wealth of knowledge benefiting our customer’s experience.

Richard Freierman
Business Manager

Richard has 30 years experience keeping the wheels on the bus, starting at Computer Design & Applications, where he created and managed an engineering support group charged with software technical publications, beta testing, and software release. His subsequent management and operations experience has included the Image and Meaning Conference (MIT 2001), retail management for Video Signals, a 7 store regional chain, and campaign management for four successful municipal elections in Cambridge, MA. Around the dawn of the World Wide Web, Richard was Web guru and creative partner for the Family Surfboard, a website for kids’ online activities. He also co-authored Save the Earth at Work (Bob Adams Inc., 1991) and Corporate Realities and Environmental Truths (Wiley, 1993). While Richard doesn’t get to apply his SUNY Forestry Degree very often in Cambridge, it does help him see the forest for the trees.

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 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.

Ashley Gentile
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.

Jacqueline Ogonowsky
Events and Marketing Coordinator

Jacquie comes to Xconomy after recently graduating from Johnson & Wales University, where she studied event management. She has previously worked as a social and corporate event intern in Boston, where she was able to gain experience in event coordination and logistics working on technology conferences at MIT.

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.

Our Team

Our editorial principles are old-fashioned and simple. We believe that our content is only of value to our audience if we ensure that it is trustworthy. To that end, all editorial decisions will be made by our writers and editors and will remain independent of our business operations. We promise that our underwriters, advertisers, investors, and partners will have no special influence on the content we present, either on the site or at the events we hold—although at certain events, we may invite some sponsors to introduce speakers or moderate panels. What’s more, to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest, staff and freelance writers will not write about companies or fields in which they invest or for which they perform any non-journalistic work.

We recognize that there’s an important distinction between content generated by career journalists who are committed to the ethical standards of the profession and that generated by experts and insiders like the Xconomists (see below). The Xconomists offer a unique and important perspective on business, technology, and society, but they are also enmeshed in many of the potential conflicts of interest from which journalists strive to free themselves. We think the best strategy here is transparency, and so we have designed the site to clearly indicate which content comes from which type of author, the professional journalist or the expert. We also encourage readers to find out exactly where the Xconomists are coming from by clicking through the links below to their bios.


The Xconomists are an unrivaled group of leading technologists, scientists, and business innovators. They will share their views and insights — and from time to time their pet peeves and perhaps a bit of gossip — in the Xconomist Forum.



Detroit/Ann Arbor


New York


San Diego

San Francisco




The Xconomists