Om Mallik is Founder of GigaOM. He is a venture partner at True Ventures. Om is the author of Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist. He has been blogging for over a decade and in the past held various staff writing positions at Forbes.com, Red Herring and Business 2.0. He also has contributed to the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. He is the founder of Desiparty.com.
He grew up in Delhi, graduated from St. Stephens’ College in New Delhi with an honors degree in chemistry in 1986. In early 1990s, he moved to the US. In 1995 he co-founded a South Asian portal, Masala.com, a year after he started Desiparty.com, a South Asian Events Listings Service that still exists as a standalone entity under different management.
He has contributed articles to several Indian publications including the Economic Times and The Week, India’s leading news weekly. In his early days in the US, he briefly worked for India Abroad and India West. After a short stint at Quick Nikkei News, he made the switch to the online world.
In the early and heady days of online news, he worked in Silicon Alley, observing the Internet revolution (and later bubble) from a close proximity. It was here, as part of the founding team of Forbes.com (where he eventually became a senior editor.)
At the height of the Internet bubble, he left Forbes.com to join Hambrecht & Quist Asia Pacific as an investment manager, thus crossing over into the venture capital business. However, few months in the VC business, he realized that it was time for him to return to what love the writing and reporting. He joined Red Herring in mid 2000 as a senior writer and stayed with the iconic magazine demise right through the end.
In March 2003, after being grilled by Josh Quittner on a cold rainy day, he joined Business 2.0 as a senior writer and he moved out west, again, with much reluctance. Josh quickly became one of his most favorite editors, inspiring him to reach for heights. He encouraged him to think different, think big and think mass audience. Result were evident in several stories including The New Road to Riches, The Rise of The Instant Company, How to Ride the Fifth Wave, and How to Build a Bulletproof Startup. Today the changes discussed in those stories have become mainstream under the monikers such as The Lean Startup.
Having forecasted the rise of micro-pubs as early as 2003, in June 2006, I decided it was time to leave the cozy world of magazines and instead transform GigaOM.com from one man and his blog into a company with seed funding from True Ventures.