Meet the New Boss

by Ryan Smith on August 30, 2014 7:01 PM EST

Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss.

If you had told me 15 years ago that I would one day be the Editor in Chief for AnandTech, there’s a very good chance I would have called you crazy. Having read AnandTech since 1998, it seemed obvious to me at the time that I could never know enough to match wits with Anand. Even in the early days of the site Anand brought a high degree of skill and thoughtfulness that few people could ever match, a quality that kept me reading the site for so many years.

Consequently, to be here writing my first comments as Editor in Chief borders on the surreal. Having read AnandTech for 15 years and having worked for Anand for almost 10 of those years, it was until recently hard to imagine reading AnandTech and not seeing articles by Anand, or to be writing for AnandTech but not be writing for Anand himself. Anand has been a constant in the tech world both as a source of news an analysis for us all, and as a mentor to me. These days I can happily say I was wrong about not being able to match wits with The Boss, and now I am going to get to put that to the test.

AnandTech has been Anand’s baby since Anand practically was a baby, having built it up from the ground in the last 17 years and spanning countless generations of technology not to mention the economic booms and busts that come with it. Words cannot express how humbling it is to be asked to be the next Editor in Chief – to be the first person that Anand trusts and believes in to run AnandTech and keep his baby going. It’s an awesome privilege and an awesome responsibility, and it is a task that I aim to do as well as The Boss himself.

When it comes to taking on the duties as Editor in Chief, I suppose it’s the fact that Anand and I are cut from the same cloth that even makes this transition possible. While I wasn’t born to teachers, writing for AnandTech has been a job I have loved for nearly a decade because I love learning just as Anand does. And though it’s a gross simplification of the job, being a journalist for AnandTech ultimately means learning about technology and sharing what we have learned with the rest of the world, which is the ideal job for anyone who loves learning. What this means is that although we’re not interchangeable – I am probably a bit more excitable than Anand – it means that the same force that drives us both, and it’s that same love of learning that will continue to shape AnandTech.

To our readers, we wouldn’t exist without you, and it is my first and foremost goal to continue driving AnandTech to bring the kind of high quality content that you come here for. That content comes from passion, skill, and taking the time and care to do things right, and these are core values that will not be changing. At the same time the editors working for us are among the best, and I know that they will continue writing fantastic articles across the broad range of technologies we cover. AnandTech may no longer have Anand, but it will have the same quality content that it has always had.

To our editors, what little is there to say about you that Anand has not? An Editor in Chief is only as good as the people working under him, and it is the fact that I have you that makes me confident that I can take on this role and fill Anand’s big shoes. You deserve nothing less than the best leadership, and to you I vow to do as well for you as Anand has done over the last 17 years.

And to Anand, it has been an honor working for you for the last decade. To say that I have learned everything I know from you is only the slightest exaggeration – so much of what I know about both technology and journalism comes from what I have learned from you over the years. To be the new Editor in Chief is incredibly humbling, and I intend to prove that AnandTech is still in good hands.

For 17.5 years now the path of AnandTech and the path of Anand have been one and the same. And though that is no longer the case as Anand retires, it is my sincere goal that the next 17.5 years will continue down the same path that Anand has set. And that is to create and curate the kind of high quality content that enlightens and informs all those who wish to learn about technology.

Ryan Smith

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  • Idontcare - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Congratulations on the promotion, Ryan! Your audience expects big things of you, BIG THINGS, and I know you'll deliver :)
  • Malih - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Congrats Ryan,
    I think I wouldn't be commenting here if someone else was picked for the job.
  • at80eighty - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Kick some ass Ryan. Looking forward to you guys taking AT to the next level. without selling out of course :)
  • HarryATX - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Congrats! I miss Anand but looking forward to the next era of AnandTech!
  • rm19 - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Congratulations! I think AnandTech is in good hands with Ryan and I look forward to seeing the site continue to improve and explain all the new technologies to me in a no-nonsense, in-depth, unbiased and super high quality way.
  • Quad5Ny - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Congratulations! And a warm welcome as the new Editor in Chief. :)
  • Tim Thorpe - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Congratulations Ryan!
  • Flunk - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    As a long-time reader and occasional comment-tard I must say I can't think of a better person to have as the next Editor in Chief. I had noticed that the number of articles written by Anand seemed to be dropping off. It's nice to that his resignation has been planned out and that we can expect coverage to continue as always. And perhaps Anand's next endeavor will be interesting to all us idiots, you never know.
  • FelixDraconis - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    When are you renaming the site to RyanTech? I'll go update my browser bookmark.
  • anandreader106 - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Ryan - YOU BETTER NOT get too busy and hand off the next-gen GPU reviews to someone else!

    I expect every word on those reviews to be yours.

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