Farewell, Seattle: A Changing of the Xconomy Guard, and a New Beginning

For my last official post as Editor of Xconomy Seattle, let me tell you a quick story.

It was a warm, cloudy day in June 2008. Two guys walked into an old office on First Hill, but only one guy walked out. That was me. I took the stairs. The other guy was the Qwest cable guy. He took the elevator, and got stuck between the basement and the first floor for 40 minutes before we could extricate him with the help of a repairman.

Our phones and Internet service at Xconomy Seattle didn’t get turned on that day—or the next, as I recall. It was kind of a drag, given that we are an online media startup. So Luke and I improvised a lot, working from home (or wherever we could pick up Wi-Fi) in those early days.

We’ve come a long way in two years. OK, maybe not in terms of our office, which could still be described charitably as “startup space.” But in terms of our editorial content, our events, our readership, our sponsorships, and especially our relationships with people in the innovation community, we have created something we think is pretty special. That’s why today’s news from Xconomy warrants a personal note from me to our readers.

This morning, Xconomy announced our expansion to San Francisco—the fifth city in our growing network of innovation clusters around the country. As part of this expansion, Xconomy’s ace technology reporter in Boston, Wade Roush, is moving to San Francisco to be our Editor there. And my big news is, I am moving back East next month to become Editor of Xconomy Boston. It’s a great opportunity for me. But—and this is important—I plan to keep a strong hand in our Seattle and West Coast coverage by taking on an additional role as National IT Editor of Xconomy. That means I will continue to write stories about technology startups, financing strategies, and big-company research and innovation in Seattle and elsewhere—all from a national perspective.

I will also be an advisor to our latest addition to the Xconomy Seattle team—Thea Chard, our new Assistant Editor, who is my successor on the tech side here. We’ll have much more to say about Thea (pronounced TAY-uh) once she gets started next week. Meanwhile, my comrade-in-arms Luke, who first moved to Seattle in 2000 as a reporter at The Seattle Times, has been promoted to Editor of Xconomy Seattle. He will oversee our Northwest coverage, in addition to his considerable responsibilities as National Biotechnology Editor (which include leading our life sciences coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area).

Those who know me understand that I rarely like being the center of attention. So I don’t want today’s news to be about me—and it isn’t. It’s about the team. I can only begin to tell you how excited we are at Xconomy to be making this nationwide push to redefine technology and innovation journalism. My move back to Boston is part of this push. And, of course, I have roots in Boston, having lived there for 15+ years before coming to Seattle two years ago. So I do have some personal and family reasons for the move.

But it’s also really hard to pick up and leave town just when I’m getting to know lots of amazing people in the Seattle community, and starting to make some real friends. Let’s face it: this sort of thing takes time. There is something called the Seattle Freeze; this town isn’t always the most welcoming place for a newcomer, let alone a new beat reporter for a new publication. But I’ve learned … Next Page »

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8 responses to “Farewell, Seattle: A Changing of the Xconomy Guard, and a New Beginning”

  1. Greg,

    You and Luke and the rest of the Xconomy crew have made a huge contribution here in Seattle. The combination of in-depth coverage, multi-sector coverage, and multi-city coverage is unique and compelling, and the events are a great way to bring people together. There’s so much we can learn from each other.

    Congratulations on this new milestone — adding the Bay Area to the mix will make it even more exciting. And the staffing “musical chairs” should be a huge plus: Seattle perspective moving to Boston, and Boston perspective moving to SF.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. It’s going to be tough to lose one our best and brightest journalists, but our loss is definitely Boston’s (re-) gain. Thanks so much for writing many of the most interesting and honest stories I’ve read over the last two years. Don’t forget about all the little people out here. :)

  3. Ken MyerKen Myer says:


    You’ve done a great job covering the local tech scene and our loss is Boston’s gain. Your high reporting standards — and quiet thoughtfulness — will be missed.

  4. Nikesh ParekhNikesh Parekh says:


    Congratulations on your new opportunities. The growth of Xconomy into multiple cities with more people is a true testament to the market need you are attacking – in-depth reporting plus softer contributions building the technology communities in each of your cities.

    Personally, it has been great getting to know you and you will be truly missed. But I know we will continue to see and hear you here in Seattle.


  5. Rick LeFaivre says:

    Greg, it’s been great working with you over the past several years. Your in-depth reporting of the local tech scene was greatly appreciated, and as you take on your new responsibilities in Boston, we all hope you’ll find the time to get back out here on occasion. Best of luck!

  6. Greg – it has been great having you in town. Xconomy is a success story and has become a must-read. Although we will miss having you here, it is also a big win for us to have someone with your intimate knowledge of our community making literal connections in Boston. Looking forward to keeping in touch! John

  7. All,
    Thanks for your very kind words. I look forward to fostering many more connections between the cities, and I won’t be a stranger. Our work in Seattle is really just beginning.