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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  • Laststop311 - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    dont mess this up ryan! you are going to have to do even better than anand to live up to the amazing site he has built. You've got a big task ahead of you I hope you succeed
  • martixy - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    It's weird to see such posts, kinda reminds you that there are people behind it all and not just a mindless content-producing machine.
  • LarsBars - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    I can't count the number of times that I've read three quarters of the way through an article only to scroll back up to see who wrote it.
  • maximumGPU - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    Looking forward to AT's success under your leadership Ryan.
  • SAMSAMHA - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    It's no doubt that Anand has passed the baton the a very capable person. having read many reviews by you, I am sure you will continue with the high level reviews as it is always been. Not only that, I am excited to see what you would take the site to the next level.
  • Prodromaki - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    Congratulations by me too Ryan. If it had to be anyone to replace Anand, it had to be you. Good luck with everything.

    P.S. As the new Editor in Chief, could you please finally tell us what happened to Brian Klug? Everybody is wondering, and neither he nor AT has given an explanation yet.
  • Samus - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    Now don't F this up man!

    Naw, you'll be fine. Congrats!
  • hughlle - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link


    Now game on!
  • Ilias78 - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    I will miss reading Anand's reviews above all else. His first SSD review back in 2009 (and his continuous coverage after that) was the reason i bought an SSD a few years later. His reviews on mobile devices and tablets, were always exceptional (even if he is a bit Apple-centric). I have to say though that the site has been fairly slow in terms of news and articles in the past months.
  • jjj - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    Hope the site regains some of it's lost objectivity ,maybe start serving your readers instead of trying so hard to please the corporations that make the products you review but also pay for your ads.
    But this ode to Anand don't leave much hope for that so i'll guess we'll have to wait and see if things get back on track or they stay the same.
    And in mobile you guys really need to expand your horizons and rush to understand the market and maybe define who you want to address.If Anandtech wants to be mainstream and US only or for enthusiasts and not just about the 20 devices (out of tens of thousands) that make it to the US.
    In PC the US remained the center of the universe for a very long time but in mobile it's a lot different and the US is in a weird bubble and you guys got stuck in it, In PC terms the mobile coverage is like covering boutiques gaming PCs only that nobody here would actually ever buy.
    And then the news side of things could use a bit more action.why even do news if not done properly - ofc that's not to say that you should cover all irrelevant press releases companies put out.
    Other than that,
    Good Luck , we need decent (or better ) tech sites that do proper reviews and are not just marketing tools.

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