Six weeks ago, two important things happened.
Long time reader Antoine Wright wrote a tweet about the newly introduced Quartz homepage and how it reminded him of Tab Dump. Kevin Delaney, the Editor in Chief of Quartz, saw that tweet and sent me an email asking if I'd like to have a chat.
During Tab Dump's recent hiatus, I was put in charge of the Quartz homepage during East Coast business hours, making sure its list of the 10 most important news stories was constantly updated with concise, coherent, and punchy text. Before clocking out, I also delivered the Asia Edition of the Quartz newsletter, telling people just waking up in that part of the world what happened while they were sleeping and what events they should pay attention to during their day.
The people I've been working with—former writers for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Businessweek, Time, among many others—cracked the whip on my copy and turned it into some of the best work that I've done during my career.
So when the offer came to join the team, it was an easy decision to make.
Why can't I do Quartz and Tab Dump at the same time?
Because I'd burn out in less than three months and would likely end up pulling a Paul Miller and taking a one year internet vacation. But the more important reason is that during this internship, I found myself simply not caring about what was going on in the tech space. That's not to say I don't find technology absolutely fascinating, I do, it's the never ending coverage of every trivial detail that turns me off. I enjoy reading a 10,000 word AnandTech article as much as the next soldering iron and multimeter packing geek, but the needless drama around Bash, iOS 8.0.1, and whatever new quote that leaves Eric Schmidt's mouth is frankly tiring and mentally exhausting.
Tab Dump was the place you visited to avoid that nonsense. I know this because of the emails and tweets you've all been sending me. I want to thank each and every one of you for reading the site, especially the paid supporters, but I don't want to say goodbye because I don't believe in that word. Who knows, Tab Dump might rebrand and become a Quartz product. It might turn into a newsletter. It might go in a million different other directions, but for now, at least, it has to go away.
Few housecleaning items:
- I'm going to cancel everyone's subscriptions over the next 24 hours
- If you'd like a refund for your last payment, no questions asked, email me
- This website will disappear once I cancel my Squarespace membership
- I won't delete the @TabDump Twitter account, but I probably won't use it