Allow me to reintroduce myself...

My name is Ryan, and this is my newsletter.

Hi there, hello, thank you for reading this. I would like to share an important message about a new newsletter that I am starting—a newsletter that you are reading right now and that I hope you decide to subscribe to. If you choose to subscribe, please also tell your friends because, you know, the more the merrier.

But before all that, a little about me…1


Who am I?

If you’ve been around the tech or startup scene long enough, you might know my byline from TechCrunch, where I spent several years writing about early-stage companies and venture capital and sometimes about late-stage companies and public markets.

The great part about working at a place like TechCrunch was that an independent mind was not constrained by the form and format of a traditional wire service or old-school newspaper or magazine. I wrote everything from investigations of outright fraud to long-form founding stories to dumb takedowns of corporate PR—and much later, a eulogy to the crappy cafe down the street from the old TC office. Almost everything was fair game if you could turn it around in a reasonable period of time, which was like heaven to my ADHD-addled brain.

I took a brief journey into venture capital at 500 Startups, and later I joined a relatively small organization—Samsung Next—nestled in a massive corporation—i.e., Samsung. Along the way, I’ve maintained a love of startups and technology and the high-minded pursuit of envisioning and inventing a better future, all while trying to ignore the ugly sausage-making that happens behind the scenes.

But one thing that’s been missing in my life—at least lately—is writing, something I used to love doing, something which was a regular part of my day… you know, like making coffee or taking the dog for a walk. Sure, I share a lot of bad takes on Twitter, but 280-character bite-sized opinions are no substitute for the clarity of thought required when pulling together 250, or 500, or a couple of thousand words.

A few weeks ago, I set out to change all that. I joined the On Deck Writer Fellowship, mainly as a way to get back into the swing of writing regularly for an online audience. I also wanted to learn more about audience building and the business behind paid blogs and newsletters… and figure out if this whole independent publishing thing is for me.

See, I’m what you might call “in-between things,”… and while I am once again trying to figure out what comes next and what the hell I want to be when I grow up, I figure a little clarity might help.

So anyway, I’m just going to type my way through it.


What is this newsletter?

For now, the newsletter is whatever I want it to be, but I have some thoughts that are pretty vaguely defined. I will, inevitably, find ways to write about tech and startups and venture capital and media—all the things I know best—but I plan to be pretty open-minded and experimental with it, at least in the early going while I figure out what works best.

One thing you can count on, though, is that I’ll be publishing multiple times a week—aiming for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—and sharing whatever happens to be on my mind during those days.

Anyway, this is a long-winded way of saying you should subscribe. I mean, what do you have to lose? This website is free.2

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Do you like the GIFs from The Jerk? Nothing like hitting the ground running with some cultural references from a movie that’s older than me—and I’m pretty old.

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And if I ever find myself having to choose between, say, feeding my dog and making people pay for a subscription here, I’ll let everyone know well in advance.