Om Malik

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Om Prakash Malik
ॐ प्रकाश मलिक
Malik in 2023
Born (1966-09-29) September 29, 1966 (age 57)
Alma materSt. Stephen's College, Delhi

Om Prakash Malik (Hindi: ॐ प्रकाश मलिक; born September 29, 1966) is an Indian-American web and technology writer. He is the founder and a former senior writer for GigaOM. He is now a partner at True Ventures.

Personal life and education[edit]

Malik was born in New Delhi. He graduated from St. Stephens’ College in New Delhi in 1986, with an honors degree in chemistry.


Malik started out as a young writer in India, working with Delhi-based Newsmen Features, where he specialised in lifestyle features.[1]

He moved to New York City in 1993 to be a writer for India Abroad and then for Forbes.[2] He was also a senior writer for Red Herring, focusing on the telecommunications sector, and later became a senior writer there. In late 1994, he launched, an events site for Indian immigrants. That same year, he co-founded the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA). In 1995 he helped launch the now-defunct magazine, Masala, and its website, a South Asian portal.

In 1997, Malik was on the original team at led by David Churbuck. In 1999 he left to work in the venture capital world, serving as an investment manager at Hambrecht & Quist Asia Pacific; his stay there lasted only a few months because he decided he preferred being a writer.

In 2000, he moved to San Francisco, California to write for Business 2.0 magazine. In 2001, he started GigaOM, a blog published by GigaOmniMedia, Inc. in San Francisco. The website had a monthly global audience of over 500,000, and was among the top 50 blogs worldwide by Technorati rank.[3] and was part of CNet's 100 Most Influential Blogs.[4]

His first book, Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist, was released on May 15, 2003.[5] Malik's writings have also appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Brandweek, and Crain's New York Business.

Malik with Nick Bilton in 2014

Malik announced on June 12, 2006, that he was going to work on GigaOM full-time, although he continued to be a contributing editor and had a regular column in Business 2.0 until its demise in October 2007. In addition to GigaOM, he also wrote for the blogs Web Worker Daily and Tablatronic.

From July 2007 to March 2008, Malik hosted the podcast The GigaOm Show on Revision3 with Joyce Kim, which focused on technology and business. He ended the podcast to focus on other things, among them his health. Malik was also a frequent guest on the former CrankyGeeks podcast with John C. Dvorak.

Malik left GigaOM in January 2014. In March 2015, the company ceased operations.[6] In August 2015, the blog resumed under different ownership.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "In Praise of Dev Anand, India's Gregory Peck. R.I.P!". On my Om. December 6, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Chris, Preimesberger. "Om Malik Says 'Goodnight, Sweetheart,' Closes Down GigaOm". Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  3. ^ "GigaOM on Technorati". Technorati. Retrieved 2007-03-16.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Blog 100 Index". CNET. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20.
  5. ^ Walker, Rob. "Best Business Books 2003: Corporate Scandals". Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  6. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (10 March 2015). "Tech Blog GigaOm Abruptly Shuts Down". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 2015/03/10
  7. ^ acquired by Knowingly 2015/05/26

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