Xconomy Marks Two Years as The Source for Innovation News

For the last few months, we here at Xconomy have been extremely busy planning XSITE, the Xconomy Summit on Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, which packed the auditorium at the Boston University School of Management on Wednesday. At some point in the hullabaloo, we remembered we had another important event fast approaching—tomorrow, in fact—the second anniversary of Xconomy’s launch.

Yow! What a two years it has been. We went live on June 27, 2007, in Kendall Square here in Cambridge, MA. Our lead story that day was a scoop about roboticist (and Xconomist) Rod Brooks stepping down as head of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to go back to pursuing science—and we haven’t let up since.

Indeed, our Boston site has rapidly grown into a leading—dare I say the leading—source of news about innovation in New England. And we have held many events here in Boston as well, from private parties to forums on cloud computing, how to build a biotech company, energy innovation, and more—not to mention our annual Battle of the Tech Bands, and, now, XSITE, our first full-day event.

And, thanks to a truly amazing set of colleagues, we’ve brought our brand of hyperlocal coverage—including such top-quality events—to two other innovation clusters. We launched in Seattle on June 16, 2008, and last October 6, we went live in San Diego. These days, we count some 170,000 unique visitors each month to the growing Xconomy network.

We couldn’t have done it without a fantastic set of colleagues—thank you all!—and a tremendous amount of support from our readers, investors, and underwriters, and venture members.

I’d like to take just a moment to thank these pioneering groups who have supported us since our launch, or even before: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Biogen Idec, EMC, the Science & Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Advanced Technology Ventures, Atlas Venture, and Flagship Ventures.

Xconomy 2nd anniversaryAnd thanks as well to all those who have joined us since: ATT Wireless, ARCH Venture Partners, Avalon Ventures, Bit Group, CCR, Charles River Ventures, Cooley Godward Kronish, Enterprise Partners Venture Group, Fama Public Relations, Fenwick & West, Flybridge Capital Partners, Invest Northern Ireland, J. Robert Scott Executive Search, Jones Lang LaSalle, Latham & Watkins, McCarter and English, MFA: Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, North Bridge Venture Partners, Polaris Venture Partners, Schwartz Communications, UK Trade & Investment, Wilmer Hale

And all our partners: Alliance of Angels, BIOCOM, CleanTECH San Diego, CommNexus San Diego, CONNECT, San Diego Software Industry Council, San Diego Venture Group, Sun Microsystems, Technology Alliance, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, Washington Technology Industry Association.

And, of course, a heartfelt thank you to you, our readers. Your support has meant everything to us. We enjoy not just your readership, but your comments, whether on the site or at our events, through e-mail, or on the phone. You help us do our jobs better.

As Greg and Luke wrote when we celebrated the first anniversary of our Seattle site: We hope you’ll keep us on our toes, and stick around for many more anniversaries to come.

Bob is Xconomy's founder and chairman. You can email him at bbuderi@xconomy.com. Follow @bbuderi

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23 responses to “Xconomy Marks Two Years as The Source for Innovation News”

  1. Chris says:

    Congratulations. You are among the models for next-generation news outlets. I have enjoyed following you.

  2. well done Bob and all of the team! Its been a great 2 years and looking forward to the next 2!


  3. Wow! 2 years already! It is an honor to serve the Xconomy community together. Here’s to many happy returns!! Bill

  4. Congrats on the 2 year anniversary.

    Very nicely done.


  5. Bob, Steve, Wade, Ryan and all the others — From London I want to congratulate you for hitting the two year milestone today. As the Beatles so famously said “they say its your birthday…”

    You guys have done wonders building the innovation community in Boston. I look forward to many more years of dialogue. Keep it up.

  6. Andy OryChris C. says:

    Congrats to all! And kudos for seeing the opportunity for a different + better way to identify + report on the innovation economy. Thanks — and here’s to many many more! Cheers.

  7. Congratulations! I’ve been to three major Xconomy events now and they were all truly excellent, and I read Xconomy every day. Fantastic work, everybody!

  8. Congrats on two successful years and look forward to many future stories focused on innovations and problems solvers, from boston and elsewhere.

  9. Daphne Zohar says:

    Bob – I remember when this was just an idea. You’ve made your vision into reality in true entrepreneurial spirit. Congrats!

  10. Mark LowensteinMark Lowenstein says:

    Xconomy fills both a huge need in the Boston tech community and also represents an exciting new model for journalism. Congratulations on two successful years.

  11. Congratulations on two years well done, to be followed by many more, I’m sure.

    Xconomy is a valuable resource for me, and I’m sure that many other entrepreneurs feel the same way–both here and in Seattle and San Diego. So keep up the good work.

  12. Bob Metcalfe says:

    Innovation demands good business journalism. Alas, our daily newspaper, the failing local edition of Pinch’s Pravda, The Boston Globe, with the notable exception of Scott Kirsner, generally loves politicians who hate businesses. So, Xconomy is MUCH needed and appreciated. Happy Birthday! Twitter.com/BobMetcalfe.

  13. Congrats Bob & team!

    Happy birthday. I know how it feels. VentureBeat beat you by six months or so :)

    See you tomorrow at Vox.

  14. Linda StoneLinda says:

    Sorry to miss Xsite. Next time, in Seattle, please! Congratulations and happy birthday! Looking forward to celebrating many more birthdays with Xconomy. Cheers, Linda Stone

  15. Anne SwiftAnne Swift says:

    Congratulations to the Xconomy team on your 2 year anniversary! I am delighted to be part of the Xconomy community and I look forward to many more years of insights from leading thinkers and fellow entrepreneurs.

  16. Bill AuletBill Aulet says:

    Congratulations. It has been great to have a high tech focussed source of intelligent news. The this high quality interative platform for local news has really added a lot to our local innovation ecosystem. Kudos and thanks.

  17. Phillip SharpPhillip Sharp says:

    Two years into a great adventure creating a new voice to bring advances in business and technology to an eager audience. Congratulations on such a strong start and may this success continue for decades!

  18. Way to go! Congratulations on your anniversary and your vision and your success. You are showing how innovation gets done. Looking forward to the future.

  19. Bill McCullen says:

    Congratulations to the entire Xconomy team for creating the go to site for Innovation news and for putting on a terrific event in XSITE. What a great way to mark your second anniversary.

  20. congratulations to bob, rebecca and the rest of the xconomy team for two years of great reads and cool events! looking forward to many more years and many more clicks.

  21. Two years is an eternity in our Xconomy so it means you will be around forever! Well done and congratulations

  22. I just wanted to add my own thank you to all the commenters. It’s been great fun, a great adventure, and incredibly rewarding to get Xconomy going, starting here in Boston and expanding to two other cities. We couldn’t have done it without our great supporters, and we deeply appreciate your kind words! Please keep us on our toes, suggest ways for us to get better, and keep those story tips coming!

  23. Victor McElhenyvictor mcelheny says:

    Xconomy is a vital part of the answer to a grave emergency in journalism, the evaporation of organizations well enough financed to do the serious reporting that is essential to keeping the public focused on what’s important and what’s not working. Nowhere is this more vital than in the field of business entrepreneurship, the field where innovations take concrete shape. We have to be smart and experienced so we — and our readers — don’t get fooled. Smart and experienced costs money, and Xconomy is mobilizing it by giving its customers vital information on many fronts. It’s crucial that Xconomy lasts.