Type of site
|Technology news & media company|
|Created by||Robert Buderi (founder) & Rebecca Zacks (co-founder)|
Xconomy is a Boston, Massachusetts-based media company providing news on business, life sciences, and technology focusing on the regions of Boston, Boulder/Denver, Detroit, Indiana, New York City, Raleigh-Durham, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Texas, Wisconsin, and beyond. The website was launched in June 2007 by Founder Robert Buderi, former Editor-in-Chief of MIT's Technology Review, and Co-Founder Rebecca Zacks, the former managing editor of the New England Journal of Medicine's daily e-newsletter Physician’s First Watch. Xconomy content covers "local personalities, companies, and technological trends to business and technology leaders" with a target audience of "entrepreneurs, business and technology executives and innovators, venture capitalists, angel investors, lawyers, and university researchers and officials." It also features op-eds from the Xconomists, an ad hoc team of editorial advisors who are some of the country’s leading innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors. Xconomy has been described as reflecting "the insiderish feel of, say, Politico, but with some of the familiarity that you might expect from a small town paper."
Xconomy was founded in 2007 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The original Xconomy site focused on the city of Boston, before opening another outlet in Seattle in 2008 and expanding to other key technology clusters afterward. In 2016, Xconomy was acquired by Informa and moved its headquarters to Boston.
Since its founding, Xconomy has also entered the field of business-to-business event production, launched webinar and podcasting services (Xconomy Xpertise), and has formed a custom research and publishing arm (Xconomy Insight). Xconomy also provides "underwriting programs, banner ads, display ads, and ad networks".
The Xconomists are a group of more than 400 leading technologists, scientists, and business innovators who share their views and insights on the Xconomy website. They include:
- David Baltimore – biologist & Nobel laureate
- George Church – geneticist, molecular engineer, chemist & Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering founding member
- Peter Diamandis – engineer, physician, entrepreneur (e.g., X Prize Foundation founder, Singularity University co-founder)
- Esther Dyson – journalist, author, businesswoman, investor, commentator & philanthropist
- Brad Feld – entrepreneur, author, blogger, & venture capitalist
- Mary Lou Jepsen – technical executive (e.g., Facebook, Google) & co-founder of One Laptop per Child
- Dean Kamen – engineer, inventor (e.g., Segway) & businessman (e.g., FIRST co-founder)
- Vinod Khosla – engineer and businessman (e.g., Sun Microsystems co-founder)
- Robert Langer – chemical engineer, scientist, entrepreneur & inventor
- Sue Siegel – executive (e.g., GE Ventures) & venture capitalist
- Marc Tessier-Lavigne – neuroscientist, executive (e.g., Genentech) & Stanford University president
- Anne Wojcicki – biologist & entrepreneur (e.g., 23andMe co-founder)
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