Leaving on a high note

It’s probably been the worst kept secret in the industry, but now that it is out on Bizcommunity there is no point in not going public.

I can confirm that after 8 years I am leaving the Mail & Guardian Online to pursue another opportunity. I feel that I’m leaving on a high note, with the business in excellent shape and the new website and CMS developed and launched. It’s been an emotional process for me as I am entertwined with the brand and have quite a bit of loyalty to it and respect for the M&G Exco (Trevor Ncube, Ferial Haffajee, Hoosain Karjieker, Anastacia Martin, Mendo Letlape), who I consider to be some of the leading media minds in the country.

Eight years is a long time for any online person, who are accustomed to job hopping every two years (!) , but the Mail & Guardian has been such a great place to work in that it has been difficult for me to think about going anywhere else. There is an entrepreneurial, innovative flair here that you do not see in many other businesses.

In recent years we have launched 11 new websites and online businesses (including Thought Leader, Tech Leader, Sports Leader, amatomu, jobconnection.co.za, theguide.co.za, newsinphotos), 7 new mobile sites, and redesigned and relaunched the M&G Online with a brand-new CMS. The site’s traffic has grown 9-fold in the last 6 years and online revenues have grown 21-fold. We grew the online department from 2 people to 17 people, keeping it at break even or profitable most of the time, which is no easy task.

It’s been the best 8 years of my life and the online business will continue to grow and thrive, especially with the strong managers in the department which include our online sales manager Bryan Khumalo and online editor Riaan Wolmarans and the new talent we have brought onboard, including the young Nic Haralambous. It also means the company is advertising for a new GM — if you think you have what it takes, then get hold of me.

Coincidentally my partner in crime, Vincent Maher, is also departing for another opportunity — and I can’t begin to express how great is has been to work with a person who I consider to be one of the most brilliant minds in the online industry.

So, this then, is an excuse for a piss up — and if you are up for a party — please join us @ Capitol, in Rosebank on Friday (cnr Keyes ave & Tyrwhitt ave, ph: 011 880 0033) from 5pm onwards. You’re invited.

Comments (29)

  1. Mazeltov! All the best with the new position (now what exactly is it??? *dead cat meow*)!

    See you Friday πŸ™‚

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 12:46 pm #
  2. SheBee wrote::

    Congratulations, Matt! I’m sure you will do wonderfully at 24 too πŸ™‚

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 12:47 pm #
  3. rafiq wrote::

    Sweet, congrats πŸ™‚

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm #
  4. Elan wrote::

    Welcome aboard!

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 1:01 pm #
  5. Darren Smith wrote::

    Congratulations Matthew.
    A legacy of note … and a trendsetting, smashing platform for the future.
    A with Vincent, I will be keeping an eye on what’s happening in the 24.com space …
    Good luck, and all the best.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 1:46 pm #
  6. Congrats, sure you wont regret the move.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 1:48 pm #
  7. wendy wrote::

    oops just posted this on the wrong blog- that’s what too much coffee does to you
    anyway..
    welcome back to CT, will be seeing you around in the building by the looks of things πŸ˜‰

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 2:14 pm #
  8. Michelle wrote::

    Wow, the end of an era. Best of luck for new beginnings!

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm #
  9. Jason wrote::

    Brilliant news Matt, and an excellent decision to move to SA’s real capital city πŸ™‚ All the best!

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm #
  10. graemecumming wrote::

    Congrats Matt. Best of luck. I want the skinny at squash on Thursday πŸ™‚

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 3:46 pm #
  11. Dave Duarte wrote::

    Great stuff Matt! Will be good to have you down in iKaapa!

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm #
  12. Duncan McLeod wrote::

    Congrats, dude. Glad you finally made a decision! πŸ™‚ I’m sure you’ll have a jol down in the Visdorp. I am envious.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 6:57 pm #
  13. heartwarmer wrote::

    How exciting for Naspers! Lots of toys to play with there neh! All the best.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 7:38 pm #
  14. Good luck Matt. 24.com’s going to be quite a cultural change. Hope you whoever fills your shoes has really big…feet. What about that fella ..Bolton Deventer? Word on the street is he’s looking for a job.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 8:40 pm #
  15. dad wrote::

    hallo julia. nice one son.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 9:28 pm #
  16. Siphiwe wrote::

    congrats and welcome to the most digitally advanced online media house – 24.com!

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm #
  17. hash wrote::

    Man, M&G must be a little worried… congrats though, and good luck!

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 1:12 am #
  18. mohamed wrote::

    So what are you going to be doing over at 24.com? Or do we all have to wait in suspense….

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 10:22 am #
  19. Bryan wrote::

    Congrats Mate – Look forward to working with you.

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 12:25 pm #
  20. Gino Cosme wrote::

    Congrats man!

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm #
  21. Jayne Morgan wrote::

    Phew it’s all happening. Congratulations Matt and, yes, it will be good to have you down here. Amongst your many other achievements at M&G you also launched the podcast, of course. Thanks for doing that, too.
    Jayne

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm #
  22. Marije wrote::

    So excited you’re moving, I can hardly breathe.

    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 6:53 pm #
  23. Ruda Landman wrote::

    Hi Matt! Good for you, and for 24.com! Warmest, Ruda

    Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 4:46 pm #
  24. Mike Walker wrote::

    Great stuff Matt, hope to see lots more of yourself and family down here in the Cape!

    Mike

    Friday, June 27, 2008 at 3:15 pm #
  25. Adrian wrote::

    Congrats and hope to see you at the Mother soon.

    Friday, June 27, 2008 at 4:56 pm #
  26. Tank wrote::

    Nice one Matt. Look forward to working with you. And good luck with the birth of the little one next month. presume you are going to arrive a little frazzled πŸ™‚

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 12:29 pm #
  27. Myles wrote::

    Congrats see you in the mother city…

    Friday, July 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm #
  28. matt wrote::

    To @everyone — Thanks everyone for the well wishes and messages of support re: the move on this here blog. Much appreciated! Matt

    Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 3:18 pm #
  29. Stanley wrote::

    Thanks Matthew for all the insights into new media technology, my favorite read, the M and G is now much more user friend, wish u well in your new adventure

    Friday, July 18, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

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