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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  • The Von Matrices - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    Don't forget, even though there's an AMD center here, Ryan was the guy who wrote the negative review of the R9 290. I don't recall Anand writing a negative review in the past 10 years.
  • SodaAnt - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    Nothing about all those SSD reviews where there were stuttering issues?
  • Navvie - Monday, September 1, 2014 - link

    He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
  • at80eighty - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    you guys are ranting like butthurt investors.

    this site is free
  • Alexey291 - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    they do have a point though. The website's always (dunno what this talk of something changing in 2012 is all about its always been like this) been promoting manufacturer interests. Every year we get told that this is the most amazing device (whatever it is) and it has the best specs and there can be nothing better, about every damn device out there. And next year we get told that the new generation has corrected the flaws of the previous gen (which have never been mentioned last year) and is THAT MUCH BETTER.

    I mean they even try to prove to us again and again that having a microsd slot is a bad thing because pooooooooor manufacturers have to but some work in and make sure it can be fitted into the device. (Obviously 16gb of cheap nand for 100bux is ok tho...)
  • semo - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    Yes, I really do miss the Anand who slammed JMicron and SSD makers for their stuttering SSDs. But things have changed since then and everything has this positive spin as you say. For example, when Anand convinced OCZ to do something about their 25nm transition fiasco, he entitled the chapter "OCZ Listens, Again" inside a positive review for one of their products.
    Talk about sugar coating things and I think OCZ got away way too easy (they never issued a full recall of all affected products but instead waited for users to complain).

    There's still a few gems like the recent article about Huawei fudging Android benchmarks but I feel that passionate investigative journalism is now missing from this site.

    I can still rely on Anandtech for in depth technical description of technology but it is easy to loose focus of what is really important when you are involved in minutia. Like the point about SD slots (and removable batteries). Of course there are some cons to these features but a lot of us can live with them (just like an SUV owner can live with the slower acceleration or poorer road holding).

    As it has been pointed out many times before, the readers aren't paying the bills so I don't expect things to change much. Anandtech will continue to be a brand friendly site because the alternative is not cost effective.
  • Communism - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    Note to self:

    Stop spoon-feeding retarded psychopaths.

    I'm just too nice.
  • Tegeril - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - link

    Oh just stop. You're embarrassing yourself now.
  • FunBunny2 - Saturday, August 30, 2014 - link

    Your first task: giving us editing on comments.
  • Ryan Smith - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    It's not going to be as easy as waving a wand, but I'll see what I can do the next time we tweak the site.

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