September 13th, 2007

Marshall Kirkpatrick moving back to the other side of the desk


Marshall Kirkpatrick, up until a few short hours ago the Director of Content for SplashCast, has announced that he is he is leaving SplashCast to join Web 2.0 blog Read/Write Web. According to Read/Write Web, Marshall will be a lead writer, a role with which he is intimately familiar. (Many of you may remember that he held a similar position at another little Web 2.0 blog called TechCrunch.) Richard MacManus, RWW's founder, writes:
Marshall will focus on breaking news for Read/WriteWeb, something he is very skilled at and which will complement Josh and I well.
While I'm sad for SplashCast, I couldn't be happier for Marshall and Read/Write Web. For all of you startups looking for coverage, I'm the first to admit that Read/Write Web pulls in a bit more traffic than Silicon Florist. A bit. And Richard and team have really come back into their own after re-dedicating themselves to the space and refocusing the blog. So heed Richard's advice:
A note to startups and companies wishing to be covered by Read/WriteWeb: it is even more important now that you use the tips@readwriteweb.com email address to contact us with news. Josh and Marshall will be monitoring that address daily.
Finally, you should all know that Marshall has been a great supporter and promoter of Silicon Florist in its infancy. (I have no reason to expect that will change.) In fact, I'm quite sure that a good many of you are reading this post because of Marshall's efforts to promote Silicon Florist. And for that I cannot thank him enough. At the same time, Marshall has also been an exemplary contact for SplashCast. But I know that both Alex Williams and Kim Ramage will be equally sterling representatives for SplashCast. Which, by the way, is the first media player to include Twitter functionality. In case you were wondering. I'm very much looking forward to poaching Marshall's Portland-oriented RWW articles working with Marshall in this new role, and I hope all of you will extend your congratulations to him, as well. For additional details on Marshall's move to Read/Write Web, see Marshall's blog post, the RWW announcement, the SplashCast blog post, and the growing list of coverage on Techmeme.

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