Techeme celebrates its tenth birthday today, so the relatively publicity shy Gabe Rivera has been convinced to post ten facts about the little news aggregator that I still visit every day.
Techmeme’s original mission statement still holds up nicely today, allowing for a few addendums. The goals outlined here in 2005 (1. Recognize the web as editor, 2. Rapidly uncover new sources, and 3. Relate the conversation) endure even to this day. However, as Techmeme became the first stop for tech news for a growing and influential segment of the tech industry, other goals became imperative too. In particular: strive for comprehensive coverage of the day’s most significant tech stories, and post big, breaking news story quickly.
The aggregation empire that Rivera has (Techeme, Memeorandum, Mediagazer, Wesmirch, and BallBug) has always been something that I have a huge amount of respect for. There’s a consistency of vision, there is utility, and there is Rivera’s decision to define success on his own terms.
Success in Silicon Valley is not always about taking investors money and turning it around for a huge IPO or sale to a Unicorn-hunting megacorp.