Paul has chronicled the
information technology revolution since the
dawn of the PC era. He joined Computerworld as a staff writer in 1982 and
drove the leading newsweekly's software coverage beginning in mid-1983. In 1985,
he signed on as senior software editor at PC Week, covering Microsoft,
Lotus and others aspiring industry leaders. Following a brief stint as founding
news editor at Digital Review, he returned to Computerworld in
1987 where, as Executive Editor, he helped guide the publication's agenda beyond
the mainframe world and into the broader realm of corporate computing.
In 1999, he took a risk on the
dot-com world, leaving behind a staff of 70 and
a budget of $7 million to become the sixth employee at a venture-funded startup
called SearchHiTech.com. The company, which was soon renamed TechTarget, was
building a network of Web portals for IT professionals, each site focused
on a narrow technology discipline. Paul defined the editorial model for TechTarget
and hired a team of more than 60 editors. Over the next six years, he engineered
the editorial transition of TechTarget into a leading source of original news and
technical advice. The network now consists of more than two dozen websites, dozens of
events and four magazines.
TechTarget became the fastest-growing media company in the
achieving profitability in 2002 and $48 million in annual revenue two
years later. During that time, Paul played a key role in company strategy as the
company launched new sites, built its conference business and expanded into
print publishing and custom events. He most recently served as publisher for
divisions encompassing nine TechTarget websites and two conferences.
Paul's career has spanned nearly every aspect of editorial operations. In
addition to writing hundreds of articles, he has edited several print
supplements, interviewed the most prominent industry leaders, launched and
nurtured successful events, traveled worldwide and spoken at scores of
conferences and user group meetings. He's appeared on radio and TV programs
around the world and have been interviewed hundreds of times by reporters seeking
perspective and clarity on technology issues.
Paul launched Computerworld's first
website in 1996, led that publication's coverage of theY2K problem and made
the leap to new media just as the Internet was about to explode. More recently,
he's taken up blogging and podcasting in an effort to continue to
learn about the cutting edge of technology innovation.