Business 2.0 Editor Now at Valleywag

Posted on June 14, 2007

Om Malik, Kara Swisher and Scott Karp are reporting that Owen Thomas, an editor at Business 2.0, has joined Gawker's Valleywag blog.

Valleywag also has a post about their new hire. Owen Thomas appears to be replacing Gawker publisher Nick Denton as the main writer of the blog. The Valleywag post points out Thomas' experience at Suck so that you know he is capable of continuing Valleywag's tradition of snark.

Owen Thomas, the Business 2.0 editor whom we've lured to run Valleywag, is all smiles. But don't be deceived. This Silicon Valley gossip rag, after he takes over in July as managing editor, will remain as obnoxious as ever. You see, Thomas isn't just a veteran of business journalism, with excellent sources in the tech industry (most of which he will burn). The superficially jolly writer was, in an earlier life, one of the contributors to Suck, the legendary site that pioneered web snark. Here's coverage on All Things Digital and Gigaom -- Valleywag snags an editor from Business 2.0. After the jump, for the Valleywag-watchers, the highlights of my own seven months on Valleywag. And, this being a critical site, some lowlights.
In the Valleywag post Nick Denton also includes his highlights and lowlights from his several month stint as the blog's main writer. Denton admits his assignment at the blog ran longer than he intended: "Handing over Valleywag, finally -- it was beginning to feel like the occupation of Iraq, a quick one-month project, which turned into a costly long-term occupation, with no exit plan."



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