An Update About My Role at BetaKit

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Over the last five years I’ve been fortunate enough to work for a startup in several different roles – first as the second employee at Sprouter, growing the network as the Community Manager; then as a Postmedia employee as the Director of Communications at Sprouter; and most recently as the Managing Editor at emerging tech publication BetaKit, which we launched last February.

Today Postmedia announced that they will be integrating BetaKit and Sprouter into the Financial Post. As a result, I will no longer be working full time for BetaKit or Postmedia, though I will likely be doing ongoing freelance work for the Financial Post. I will continue to write my bi-weekly startup column for FP, and will also be doing my ongoing CTV News Channel spots.

I’m proud of what we built at BetaKit – as of today it’s #53 on the Techmeme leaderboard, ahead of publications like The Huffington Post, the Guardian, and Businessweek. We’ve partnered with the Washington Post Social Reader and the Pulse News Reader, and have built up a loyal readership of entrepreneurs, investors, and tech enthusiasts. We also produced BetaKit Insights reports that provided a deeper take on the trends that are changing the technology landscape.

I want to thank the Postmedia team for working with us over the past year and a half. I want to thank BetaKit’s team of writers, interns and contributors for helping a full-time staff of two people to build such a vibrant publication. And of course I want to thank Sarah Prevette, my mentor, friend, former boss, and the reason that I got involved in the startup world in the first place.

While I will be writing for the Financial Post, I’m also looking for new full-time or project-based opportunities in publishing, journalism, or communications. Get in touch anytime with questions, startup pitches, or to say hello at erin@erinbury.com. In the meantime I’ll be writing, reading, traveling,  and figuring out what’s next. I’m excited for what’s to come!

  • http://twitter.com/SherSo Sheryl So

    All the best Erin. You are amazing at what you do and I hope to work with you again soon!

    • erinbury

      Likewise Sheryl – see you for that glass of wine soon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelley.grandy.3 Shelley Grandy

    I know you’ll go on to do more awesome things, Erin! No one could go from zero to 40 faster in terms of launching a successful publication, so can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.

    • erinbury

      I love when my mom supports me publicly…you have to, but I know you genuinely would even if I wasn’t your daughter :) Love you!

  • profjohnfrink

    You’re great at what you do. Know something great will come your way.

  • Rob Kenedi

    Speaking as a contributor to BetaKit, it’s remarkable how well Erin managed the publication and – at the very least – me. She ensured that only top notch content got put up on the site. Her vision and leadership cannot be overstated, and I would work together with her in a heartbeat. Thanks for all the blood, sweat, and tears you put into BetaKit as you’ve truly created something that I hope will stand the test of time.

    Also, it’s weird talking about Erin in the third person on her blog.

    So thank YOU Erin!

    • erinbury

      HAHA thanks Rob – I’ve loved our coffees, chats, emails about edits, and larger conversations about life :) Those won’t stop – here’s to the next chapter!

  • krusk

    Excited to hear what’s next for you Erin. Keep in touch my former community manager buddy! Also let’s grab a drink if you find yourself in Ottawa again soon.

    • erinbury

      How far we’ve both come, eh? I’ll let you know when I’m in Ottawa next! Can’t wait to catch up.

  • http://startupnorth.ca Jevon

    Crazy impressive 5 years. Nice work.

    • erinbury

      Thanks Jevon – LIKEWISE. :)

  • http://www.chrisluckhardt.com/ Chris Luckhardt

    You’ve always presented and represented the Toronto tech community very well and I know that will continue in your future endeavours. Best of luck Erin!

    • erinbury

      Thanks Chris! Keep those beautiful photos coming!

  • http://ossingtonvillage.com Brian Sharwood

    Congratulations, if that’s the right word! Great to see your career take another turn.

    • erinbury

      It certainly is Brian ;)

  • http://twitter.com/shanelle_mullin Shanelle Mullin

    Good work and good luck, Erin! You’re awesome at what you do. Hope to work with you again!

    • erinbury

      Thanks Shanelle, appreciate your contributions to BetaKit over the past few months!

  • http://massimofarina.com/about Massimo

    Best of luck Erin, you should be very proud of what you accomplished in such a short time! Your future will be prosperous, I’m sure of it.

    • erinbury

      Thanks, I’m hoping so!

  • http://carlyanne.com/ Carly-Anne

    You’ve done some amazing things for the startup community. Good luck with the next step (and more than happy to help you with your next move)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nehalkazim Nehal Kazim

    Betakit has definitely made huge strides and love watching its growth! All the best on your next endeavour Erin!

    • erinbury

      Thanks Nehal!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.campbell Jeremy J. Campbell

    Be proud of what you’ve done for Sprouter and Betakit Erin, can’t wait to see what you do next!

    • erinbury

      I am pretty proud of the journey (however bumpy). Thanks for being a loyal fan over the years Jeremy!

  • http://twitter.com/radekrybs Radek Rybicki

    Best of luck with your next challenge Erin

    • erinbury

      Thanks Radek! Hope you’re well.

  • http://www.RohanJayasekera.com/ Rohan Jayasekera

    Wow – five busy years of accomplishments! And according to my calendar I’ve known you almost that long. You’ve always impressed me with your ability to keep forging ahead and dealing with all challenges with a wonderfully positive attitude — you’re one of my role models. I’m looking forward to hearing what else you take on, and I’ll be on the lookout for anything that would deserve your talents.

    • erinbury

      Oh we go way back Rohan! That’s so kind of you to say, and I know we’ll stay in touch regardless.

  • Marie

    Good luck, Erin! :)

    • erinbury

      Thanks :)

  • http://www.SiliconPrairieNews.com/ Jeff Slobotski

    Best of luck Erin!!! Looking forward to what’s ahead for you and your amazing talent!

    • erinbury

      Thanks Jeff, keep killing it with Silicon Prairie! Love what you guys are building :)

  • http://www.clickeric.com @clickeric

    Good luck to whatever comes next, enjoy the journey as you seek the future.

    • erinbury

      Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/urbanebloc gloria chik

    You’re going to kill it, Erin, as always.

    • erinbury

      Thanks girl – but my outfits will never be as snazzy as yours!

  • http://levynewsnetwork.wordpress.com TheDanLevy

    I know you’re going to be awesome at whatever you do next and that employers are going to be pounding down your door to hire you (probably already are) so I’d feel sort of silly wishing you good luck. However, it IS the social convention, therefore: GOOD LUCK ON YOUR NEXT STEPS!!!

    • erinbury

      Thanks Dan! Now that I have more free time, I’m hoping we’ll see each other out and about around town more often :)

  • http://michaelnus.com Michael Nus

    You kicked ass. You will continue to do so. Let’s chat next week.

    • erinbury

      Thanks friend, talk soon!

  • jasbanwait

    All the best in your future ventures – hope you stick around in start-up! :)

    • erinbury

      Thanks Jas – trust me when I say that I love startups and plan to stay in that space. Although never say never!

  • http://wmougayar.com/ William Mougayar

    Good to see your positive attitude shine through. Best of luck with your next thing. It’s a great place to be when you can choose your next options!

    • erinbury

      Thanks William, appreciate it! I’m pretty excited to take some time and reflect :)

  • http://www.RohanJayasekera.com/ Rohan Jayasekera

    I was just reading today’s edition of Mark Evans’ weekly email newsletter “This Week in Canadian Startups”, and he links to this blog post, saying “Sad to see BetaKit disappear as a standalone entity”.

  • http://www.quantifire.net/blog Will

    With your track record, I’m sure great things are in store for you! :)

    • erinbury

      Thanks Will :)

  • http://twitter.com/parwaaz03 Hussain Bandukwala

    All the best Erin for all your future endeavours!

    Cheers,
    Hussain

    • erinbury

      Thanks Hussain!

  • http://www.randymatheson.com Randy Matheson

    Best of luck in your next projects Erin… BetaKit was/is one of my important daily sources of info

    • erinbury

      Thanks Randy, thanks for being a reader :)

  • http://www.marsdd.com MaRS

    Best of luck Erin! No doubt, you’ll continue to make waves, no matter where you land.

    • erinbury

      Thanks guys, have always appreciated your support!

  • http://casiestewart.com casiestewart

    Erin, I’m excited for you! I love following your adventures in business and life. Your energy and spirit are contageous. Can’t wait to see what you get up to next! <3

    • erinbury

      Thanks lady, I feel the same about you!

  • http://www.andreawrites.ca/ Andrea T

    Good luck! I look forward to seeing what’s next for you. I’ll miss BetaKit. it was a great concept. I look forward to seeing what FP does with it.

    • erinbury

      Thanks Andrea!

  • MissVerna

    So I’m a little late to the party (as always!!) but I’m sad to hear about this turn of events. To me, Sprouter and BetaKit are you & Sarah and now with neither of you there, it will be interesting to see how it all unfolds. You are going to shine though, Erin, I know it! Can’t wait for your next chapter – aren’t you excited??

    • erinbury

      Thanks Verna – I’m pretty excited, I have to admit!

  • http://www.nitch.ca Andrew Lane

    Leave it to you to get an endorsement and a link to your personal blog from Marketing Magazine in a “bad news” story. Hope you enjoy some downtown before startups, PR firms and headhunters break down your door ;)

    • erinbury

      I’m currently watching The Price is Right, so I think that counts ;)

  • Jeremy Pepper

    BetaKit was great — and a big part of that is because of you — and will be missed.

    • erinbury

      Appreciate it Jeremy!

  • Mike

    Loved betakit and will definitely miss the site and unique Canadian coverage!

    • erinbury

      Thanks Mike, appreciate it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.lummus1 Matt Lummus

    Will definitely miss BetaKit!

    • erinbury

      Thanks Matt!

  • http://twitter.com/AndreaMCollins Andrea Collins

    I’m a little late to the party but it was always such a pleasure working with you Erin – I was truly amazed with how you grew BetaKit over such a short period of time. I look forward to working with you again….wherever the road takes you…or you take the road.

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Managing Director at Toronto-based digital agency 88 Creative. Former Managing Editor at BetaKit.com. Marketing Magazine 30 Under 30.

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