As you’re probably noticed over the last few months, things on the website have slowed down a bit. I’d like to start by apologizing for that. We’ve been hard at work designing – and in many cases, reconceiving – what our web operation should be.
It hasn’t been an easy transition at times. We’ve been working to fully integrate our Web and print operations, a task that, to my knowledge, hasn’t really been done successfully at any major media outlet here in the United States. We have one team of people who now rotate through our different mediums, which, we believe, will insure that Technology Review Inc. will have one single, authorative voice.
The relaunch of our website is, to some measure, the final piece of the integration – even though you all haven’t seen the new magazine yet (while we are busy working on the close for our December/January issue). We are proud of the work we’ve done on the website – particularly my phenomenal developers, Eben and David, my ad manager, Nadia, and my production assistant, Brittany. They have put in long hours over the last few months – and will continue to do so well into next year as we begin to build on the foundation that you are now looking.
It’s also been great fun adding new members to the team. Executive Web Editor Wade Roush moved over from the magazine to handle editorial online (while also contributing his expertise to the magazine) and Paul Angiolillo, our stalwart copy editor, has stepped up to handle duties in both print and online.
Technologyreview.com is, to some extent, a grand experiment in the long tradition of MIT. We are, for lack of a better term, hacking media. We will be rolling out tools on our site that, on first blush, may appear to fly in the face of traditional publishing models. We will be experimenting with cutting edge technologies that aren’t quite mainstream just yet. We will be playing in the giant sandbox of the World Wide Web.
And, coming soon, we expect to release some of the source code that runs this new venture– letting open source developers take what we have done and make it better.
There are great things on the horizon for Technology Review Inc. I left a nice home in Austin, Texas (where it never snows) to come here for this opportunity. Now, I’m anxious to turn it over to you, our readers, to see what comes next.