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Posted by: Michael Mandel on November 20

To confirm the rumors: I was not offered a position by Bloomberg.

To my friends at BusinessWeek, both old and new: We had a fantastic run, and I loved working with you all. Sometimes we were good, sometimes we were great, but we always had integrity and soul (yes, that’s the word I mean).

To Norm, Josh, and all my BusinessWeek friends who are going over to Bloomberg: Good luck! I know that you are going to build an exciting new magazine. It won’t be the same as the old BusinessWeek, but times have changed, and it’s time for BusinessWeek to change with them.

As for me? I’ve got definite plans that I’m not ready to post about yet. I will, however, put up a new email address before closing down shop here. I will continue blogging at a new location, with a hiatus of a month or two.

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November 22, 2009 12:48 PM

good luck michael. looking forward to your next move.


November 22, 2009 01:41 PM

Sorry to hear that: Bloomberg is missing out. I'll be looking for you when you re-surface. Good luck, and I hope the move works out well for you.

Peter Creticos

November 22, 2009 01:43 PM

For all of you who wonder what Michael is like in person, I cannot say enough about his message, his delivery and his ability to connect with the audience. He was the first of two plenary speakers on Thursday at a conference of workforce development professionals in the Midwest. He did a great job of framing the issues. He laid out the challenges, but did so in a way that gave the audience hope that they can actually do something to improve local conditions. The session got down to practical solutions. Michael set the context.

Good luck, good health and great fortune.


November 22, 2009 05:50 PM

Have enjoyed your insights for many years.

Best of luck with your new venture


November 22, 2009 06:45 PM

Sorry to hear that, and good luck with the new gig.


November 22, 2009 09:53 PM

Heh, where does one read these rumors? ;) Looking forward to hearing what you're up to next, too bad Bloomberg didn't take you on. However, Businessweek won't survive regardless of the owner- simply because no old media publication will survive online, whether the WSJ or NYT or The Economist- so not sure it matters that you're cutting bait early. Keep building your online reputation, by blogging and publishing online, as it's likely the only thing that will matter in the coming years.


November 23, 2009 01:16 AM

I once ran into something similar and someone said: 'it could be a blessing in disguise'. It turned out to be true. Best of luck.


November 23, 2009 03:17 AM


I have been reading you for many years, and am eager to see where you pop up next.


Tom E.

November 23, 2009 11:52 AM

Its bloomberg's loss. Good luck.


November 23, 2009 11:55 AM


You take with you an element of honesty, integrity, and intellectual curiosity that has been crucial to my long loyalty to BW.

I seriously suspect that some of your earlier work on the subject of risk contributed directly to my ability to negotiate life's sometimes treacherous path. Thank you for this and other insights you've triggered in my own thinking. I trust that your probing and pondering will serve you well.

I sincerely wish you the best of luck and look forward to the opportunity to tap into your work again.


November 23, 2009 11:56 AM

Most of the really interesting major stories BW has had in the last few years has been Mandel's so I find this news a bit strange. Sorry to hear that.

BTW I think Ajay is dead wrong about the survival of paper magazines. The Economist, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal will do well in the future too, I'm sure. The NY Times is a different story.


November 23, 2009 05:41 PM

Mattias, why would you exempt those paper publications, simply because they're all financial? I note that you don't include Businessweek in that list. First, financial types are more likely to read online anyway, the people who still read paper are the old. Every old person that dies is off is another newspaper subscriber ending his subscription, never to come back. Second, my point is not just paper versus online, it's that the large newsgathering organizations like the WSJ or Economist that evolved during the time of print will not survive online even, because the optimum organizational model online is completely different. It'll be a sea of bloggers, all writing independently and composed into strands of posts for newsfeeds, each customized for every reader. If you can't see this, that's fine, it'll soon be shown to you. :)


November 24, 2009 06:18 PM

My gosh, I just read that John Byrne is leaving BW -- by choice. I felt his energetic hand on things and thought that he was a great editor-in-chief.

His digital media aspirations hint of something that could be very appealing. One never knows, but I sensed that his strength was business coverage that tells it like it is, not necessarily as we wish it to be. That is what we need. I wonder if he could afford to pay you, Mike.


December 11, 2009 10:52 AM

Michael, I'll miss you! I wish you the best of luck with your new endeavors. You've been great to follow over the years and I look forward to follow you through whatever new endeavor you choose.


Scott Shuster

December 16, 2009 04:36 AM

Shocked, shocked! Michael, your out-of-the-box research and resulting prescience have been an enormous plus for BW and will be a similar boon for whichever publication (or corporate or fund entity) nabs you next. In the meantime I hope to see you out here on the lecture circuit.
P.S. (no exaggeration: I'm truly baffled by this decision. I can understand how all those bankers dumped those $16-trillion into worthless collateralized debt obligations, but THIS...?! This doesn't make any sense at all).


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