I stumbled across this while I was looking for my original post on starting FM nearly six years ago. This was 2002, nearly a decade ago, and Fost, a media industry reporter, sent me an email asking what was next after the crash of The Industry Standard. Money quote:

Might he start something up again someday?

"God, how could I not?" he said. "It’s what I know how to do. Whether a magazine or publishing business or, Lord knows, I have a million ideas that run around my head. Should something extraordinary strike me, I’ll probably pursue it to the ends of the earth."

I then wrote The Search, started Web 2 Summit, and launched Federated Media. Now I’m stepping up and handing over the reins to Deanna Brown. It’s fun to reflect on those early years that led to where I am now.