- Born: September 29, 1966 in New Delhi, India.
Om Perkash Malik (born September 29, 1966) is an Indian-American web and technology writer. He is the founder of and senior writer for GigaOM.
Personal life and education
Malik was born in New Delhi. He graduated from St. Stephens’ College in New Delhi in 1986, with an honors degree in chemistry.
Malik suffered a heart attack on December 28, 2007. He was able to walk into the hospital for treatment that night and has been recovering ever since. He had stated that he was doing well, and has since recovered and started working full-time for his blogs again.
Malik moved to New York City in 1993 to be a writer for India Abroad and then for Forbes. He was also a senior writer for Red Herring, focusing on the telecommunications sector, and later became a senior writer there. In late 1994, he launched DesiParty.com, an events site for Indian emigrants. That same year, he co-founded the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA). In 1995 he helped launch the now-defunct magazine, Masala, and its website Masala.com, a South Asian portal.
In 1997, Malik was on the original team at Forbes.com led by David Churbuck. In 1999 he left Forbes.com to work in the venture capital world, serving as an investment manager at Hambrecht & Quist Asia Pacific; his stay there lasted only a few months because he decided he preferred being a writer.
In 2000, he moved to San Francisco, California to write for Business 2.0 magazine. In 2001, he started GigaOM, a Web 2.0 blog published by GigaOmniMedia, Inc. in San Francisco. The website has a monthly global audience of 500,000, is among the top 50 blogs worldwide by Technorati Rank, and is part of CNet’s 100 Most Influential Blogs.
His first book, Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist, was released on May 15, 2003. Malik’s writings have also appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Brandweek, and Crain’s New York Business.
Malik announced on June 12, 2006, that he was going to work on GigaOM full-time, although he is still a contributing editor and writes a column for Business 2.0. In addition to GigaOM, he also writes for the blogs Web Worker Daily and Tablatronic.
On July 25, 2007, Malik started a podcast on Revision3 called The GigaOm Show hosted by himself and Joyce Kim. On March 27, 2008 he put the show on hiatus to focus on other things, among them his health. The show primarily focuses on technology and business. Malik was also a frequent guest on the former CrankyGeeks podcast with John C. Dvorak.