Seeking new horizons

I am leaving Technorati to pursue new opportunities. I submitted my resignation letter this morning and I will be a free agent on March 1. I joined Technorati in February 2005 excited about changing the world of weblogs and introducing people to a new kind of search. Almost a year later my passions at work have eroded and it’s time to find new horizons. Valentines Day is the perfect time to rekindle lost flames.

Technorati Alexa numbers over 2 years

The company has accomplished a lot in the past year, emerging from what many people viewed as a commodity space into a market leader. The Alexa graph above shows a steady growth trend since I joined a little over a year ago. According to Hitwise Technorati had about 60% more unique visitors in December than Google Blog Search.

I had the chance to lead two anti-spam summits and bring together industry heavyweights that had never before met face-to-face. Bloggers are now featured alongside news stories in The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Dateline NBC. It’s a lot easier to find content of interest on Technorati thanks to a site overhaul and redesign and new features such as Blog Finder to help pinpoint your personal topics of interest. The blogosphere and search has changed a lot over the past year and taken its place as a viable publishing medium.

So what’s next? I remain excited about blogs, user generated content, feeds (RSS, Atom, etc.), search, and other emerging technologies that allow individuals to find and create the things they care about. I am open to new full-time employment and consulting work to apply my passions to new products. Check out my resume in HTML or in Atom podcast format for more information about my work history. Contact me to talk shop, brainstorm, and possibly work together.

I’ll be busy working on new projects to make my favorite Web technologies accessible to more people more often. I have a few consulting gigs lined up, a few ideas that may turn into startups, and I’m also talking to a few companies about how we might work together. Stay tuned for more interesting things in the weeks ahead. I plan to attend ETech next month to talk about some of the more interesting things I’ve been working on. I’m excited about the future and new possibilities over the next horizon.

43 comments

Commentary on "Seeking new horizons":

  1. Brad Neuberg on wrote:

    Niall’s a catch! He’s a smart, talented guy who is also great to work with. Make sure to grab him before someone else does!

    Brad

  2. Dossy on wrote:

    Best of luck to you. Let us know where you land! Wherever you go, they’ll be fortunate to have you.

  3. Nick Bradbury on wrote:

    Good luck, Niall – your next employer will be lucky to have you on board.

  4. Jeff Clavier on wrote:

    I am sure that the phone is going to start ringing very soon :-). Best of luck!

  5. Cris Pearson on wrote:

    Congratulations and good luck in your next endeavour :)

    I have no doubt you will find something great to do and do well at it.

  6. Oren Michels on wrote:

    During my first week at Feedster, I attended a Technorati party at the Chevy’s down the street from Feedster World Headquarters. Niall greeted me warmly, and I even managed to win a Technorati T-Shirt! Since then, I’ve run into Niall at conferences like BlogON and have found him to be smart, delightful, and most importantly a tremendous advocate for the blogosphere and our industry. Feedster has benefited dramatically from Niall’s hard work, and I have learned a lot from his blog and his podcasts.

    I count myself among what I am sure are many people who don’t know Niall well personally, but feel we know him through his writing and his tireless work on all of our behalf. I give him much of the credit for the immense success that Technorati has had to date in gaining mindshare in and out of the blogosphere.

    Niall, I wish you the very best in your next venture. You are immensely talented, and you will be an asset to any organization fortunate enough to bring you onboard.

  7. Steve Rubel on wrote:

    Niall, lots of luck to you. I have been nothing but impressed through our dealings and I will continue to be your fan.

  8. Dave Winer on wrote:

    Hey Niall, give me a call. I have a few ideas. ;->

  9. Gen on wrote:

    Best of luck to you- I’m positive you’ll have a wealth of interesting offers very soon. Please keep in touch and I’ll do the same.

  10. Frank Gruber on wrote:

    Good luck Niall,

    I enjoy your podsessions and blog posts on various topics. Keep up the great work!

    Cheers,
    Frank

  11. Greg Gershman on wrote:

    Best of luck, Niall!

  12. Alex Barnett on wrote:

    Good luck Niall!!! I’m sure you’ll be up to something new in no time…look forward to it…

    Alex.

  13. /pd on wrote:

    good Luck Niall !! . I am pretty sure that you will find what you are looking for.

  14. ryan king on wrote:

    Best of luck!

  15. Adriaan on wrote:

    Niall, good luck with your next job/projects, I’m sure you’ll be having a good time.

  16. Jason Klemow on wrote:

    I met Niall at Syndicate Conference when we were doing an early preview of our products. Excellent feedback!

    Good Luck Niall. We will be in touch shortly!!

    Jason

  17. Ian Kallen on wrote:

    It’s been a pleasure working with you, Niall. I wish you well for whatever is next.

  18. Darren on wrote:

    Best of luck.

  19. Fumi Yamazaki on wrote:

    Niall, it was great working with you, and thank you for all your support and kindness. Good luck!

  20. Narain on wrote:

    Good Luck Nail. Expecting a sure-hit startup in the coming days from you ;)

  21. Ian Kennedy on wrote:

    Good luck Niall. You’ve been a great advocate for all the various causes you’ve pushed forward and have a knack for writing about technical topics in a way that’s easy to understand. Where ever you end up, I know you’ll do great things. Looking forward to catching up with you down at eTech.

  22. Matt on wrote:

    Wow, exciting times. Congrats!

  23. Declan on wrote:

    Niall wishing you continued success in your new ventures. Let me know when you are next planning to visit Europe. Spreading the word.

  24. Tim on wrote:

    Good luck, Niall. What’s next? Conference organizer? Writer? CEO? I’m sure it will be something good. I remember when you announced your last job hunt on this blog.

  25. Fergus Burns on wrote:

    Best of luck Niall with the move

    Maybe you should move back to the “auld sod”

    Talk soon
    Fergus

  26. Kashif Aziz on wrote:

    Best of Luck :)

  27. Jeremiah Owyang on wrote:

    Good luck Niall, I’m sure you’ll lead the industry wherever you land

  28. paul on wrote:

    Good luck Niall in wherever you go and whatever you do.

  29. Jeremy Wright on wrote:

    FECK. Now I wish we’d secured funding so we could hire you. Gah.

    All the best mate, I know somebody’ll snatch you up quickly. You’re one of the key reasons Technorati didn’t completely die during it’s awful season in 2005.

  30. Tom Raftery on wrote:

    Wow!

    Best of luck with the leap into the unknown Niall – as Fergus said, come on home to Ireland – specifically (the People’s Republic of) Cork – no better place!

  31. JP Dubois on wrote:

    Good luck, I’m sure wonderful things will happen.

  32. Jackson West on wrote:

    Exciting! Great work and best of luck going forward!

  33. Brokerblogger on wrote:

    I’m sure you’ll do well, Niall.

    I’ll always remember the kind help you gave me at the Consumer Reports WebWatch Conference in Berkeley, Ca.

  34. Jay Fienberg on wrote:

    Nice move! I’ve been really impressed that you’ve continued to post to your blog on a good range of interesting tech topics / news throughout your time at Technorati, and I hope whatever you’re into next will support you doing even more of this.

  35. tradebit on wrote:

    Niall, the market for good people is open right now and I would bet you fall upwards! I would hire you right away, if I could afford it ;-)

  36. Holly Ward on wrote:

    This is such an exciting time to be launching yourself into new endeavors. Whatever you end up doing, I am certain it will be interesting. Bill and I would like to wish you all the success in the world.

  37. Tom Raftery on wrote:

    Wow!

    Best of luck with the leap into the unknown Niall – as Fergus said, come on home to Ireland – specifically (the People’s Republic of) Cork – no better place!

  38. elise on wrote:

    Technorati’s loss.

    Good luck to you!

  39. Dennis Howlett on wrote:

    you’ll be awash with offers – only pick the best…

  40. Justin Lee on wrote:

    Well done! Great work at Technorati. The graph shows it all. =) Good luck in your next endeavor