In our nearly three years in business, GeekWire has expanded into areas we never would have expected — bringing together big crowds for events, running a well-received membership program, helping geeks find great jobs, and even providing an avenue for startups to get health-care benefits.
But journalism is still at the heart of what we do, and today we’re extremely excited to announce that our news team is getting even stronger, as veteran tech journalist Tricia Duryee joins us as a staff reporter.
Many in the tech industry already know Tricia — an experienced journalist who has dug up many great scoops over the years at publications such as The Seattle Times, PaidContent and, most recently, AllThingsD.
I’ve worked alongside Tricia, and competed against her. She’s an exceptional journalist, a fierce competitor and just a great person. She will fit in amazingly well at GeekWire, joining a staff that works hard but also likes to have fun.
I first met Tricia back in the dot-com boom days when she joined the Seattle P-I business staff as an editorial intern. I immediately liked her. Straightforward and smart as a whip, she’s always been at the top of our “wish list” of people we’d want to work with at GeekWire.
She’ll be covering a wide-range of technology news stories for us, leveraging her contacts and experience in areas such as e-commerce, wireless and gaming — covering tech stories that have significance not only in the Seattle region but also nationally. That means enhanced coverage for you, our loyal readers.
“Over the years, I’ve kept close tabs on John and Todd’s progress, and as a friendly competitor, I’ve always admired what they have built at GeekWire,” says Tricia, a Seattle native who studied business and journalism at the University of Oregon. “I am pleased to be joining a team that is so thoroughly supported by its community, while also amassing a large and growing national audience. For the first time in my life, I won’t mind being called a geek.”
Tricia’s arrival comes at a pivotal point in our history as we approach our third anniversary (speaking of which, come celebrate with us at the GeekWire Anniversary Bash & Ping Pong Tourney on March 20!)
We’re one of the scrappiest tech news sites around, punching above our weight compared to more heavily-funded competitors. But we like it that way, and believe it forms not only the bedrock of a more sustainable business but aligns our efforts more closely with the community we cover.
Our traffic is exploding, reaching record levels in the past few months. And the business, which turned a profit in 2013 thanks in large part to the efforts of Chief Sales Geek Sarah Camp and Chief Business Officer Daniel Rossi, is firing on all cylinders. Because of those factors, GeekWire is in growth mode, one of the big reasons we’re able to hire someone of Tricia’s caliber.
Look for Tricia’s stories to start appearing on GeekWire next week, and please welcome her to our team. If you’ve got story tips or just want to reach out and say hi, email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @triciad.
As always, thanks to everyone for reading. And stay tuned for more exciting news in the weeks and months to come.