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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  • creathir - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Wow. Anand, you will be missed!
    Ryan, best of luck.
  • shomizu9 - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Good luck!
  • Communism - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Congratulations on your promotion.

    Anand's retirement was no surprise to anyone, as he just doesn't seem to be as interested in as wide a range of enthusiast technology he used to (as he has mentioned himself).
  • hammer256 - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Anand will be missed indeed, but it looks like AnandTech is in good hands! You guys just keep on doing your thing.
  • TheJian - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Until they get an NVIDIA CENTER (portal, whatever), I guess I'll be reading this site even less than I do now. The slide here started in 2012, it now seems to likely get worse. Oh well, it happens to all in the end I guess. Not a big loss, there are a few dozen sites to read the same stuff at these days anyway. It would have been a bigger hit years ago when anand/tomshardware was about all there was out there doing lots of reviews, not so today. I digress...
  • Communism - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Yes the blatant "walking on eggshells" style of writing that has been the norm since 2012 at the very latest. Attempting extremely hard to not rock the boat very much in regards to manufacturer relations.

    Anand obviously wanted to increase profitability for whatever reason at around that time. The retirement was what I bet at the time he was saving up for, and it looks like I was right.
  • Jonathan_Rung - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    C'mon guys, tell us how you REALLY feel.
  • Alketi - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    We're all looking forward to your contribution to society, beyond anonymously posting with dagger in hand.
  • Communism - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    "If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you."
  • B3an - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    I agree it feels like they're walking on eggshells more recently, this site needs to criticise bad products, mistakes and stupid decisions more, but you and TheJian are simply being a twats about it. Try being more constructive and... nicer?

    Anyway, good luck Ryan.

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