So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

I’ve written thousands of blog posts over the past few years, but I’ve never written a post about myself, because I’ve never had a reason to – but it’s now my turn to do just that.

Friday was my last day at The Next Web after nearly 3,000 articles, dating back to 23 September, 2010. I was a contributor at TNW for around 8 months, publishing one article a week, before Zee brought me on full-time as UK Editor in May 2011 (very first article as a full-time TNW-er). It really was a life-changing career-shift, and it was a dream job (next to footballer or rock star). Not many people can say they’ve had a dream job, where ‘work’ really didn’t feel like ‘work’ at all.

I switched to Apps & Media Editor in early 2012. But in many ways, the job titles have been meaningless – I’ve had the pleasure of writing about everything at TNW, from consumer-focused startups and gadgets, to company deep-dives and interviews with some of the biggest movers-and-shakers in tech.

I am genuinely sad to say adios to TNW after so long, and will miss everyone greatly. Martin especially has been an awesome boss and Editor-in-Chief, and he’ll continue to build something great, along with Boris, Patrick and everyone else in the team.

What’s next for me? Well, I’m excited to be taking up an offer to report for VentureBeat, starting today, writing about many of the same kinds of companies and stories I’ve been writing about for the past few years. There will be some subtle differences in the scope of what I cover, but it’s in the same ball-park.

Onwards and upwards, right?

Pitches >> paul@venturebeat.com.

Cantada

Can’tada: All the things you can’t use in Canada

If you’re regularly pissed off about not being able to use a specific online service in your country, you’re probably not alone. And for those living in Canada, someone has put together a whole compendium of digital offerings yet to make it to the USA’s northerly neighbor.

Cantada

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Can’tada. I just wish the creators had an ironic sense of humour, and made the site available everywhere except Canada. Ah well.

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