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Josh Quittner (born February 12, 1957)[1] is an American journalist.

Josh Quittner
Born (1957-02-12) February 12, 1957 (age 62)

Born in Manhattan, Quittner grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania.[1] He is a graduate of Grinnell College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[2] He is married to Michelle Slatalla and has three daughters.[2] He has co-authored five books with his wife, including Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace (Harper-Collins, 1995) about the New York-based hacker group Masters of Deception, Speeding the Net: The Inside Story of Netscape and How it Challenged Microsoft (1998), Mother's Day (1993), Flame War: A Cyberthriller (1998), and Shoofly Pie to Die (1992).

Quittner spent the first twelve years of his career as a newspaper reporter. He was a crime reporter and a general assignment writer before he started to write about technology from the consumer side at Newsday in 1992.[1] Quittner then freelanced for Wired Magazine and was the original domain-name holder of, which he registered for an early Wired piece on domain-name squatting.[3] Quittner also freelanced for the webzine HotWired, which ran his manifesto of the "Info Revolution"[4] titled "The Birth of Way New Journalism,"[5] a riff on New Journalism that "became an instant cliché."[6]

He joined Time Inc. as a staff writer in 1995. During his initial seven years at Time Magazine he worked for Pathfinder, Time Inc.'s first independent online presence, where he launched the Netly News,[4] one of the web's first daily news publications. He then became the editor of Time's spinoff technology supplement Time Digital, later called ON Magazine.

From April 2002 until September 2007 Quittner was the editor of Business 2.0.[7] Quittner briefly revived "Netly News" as the name of a Business 2.0 blog. He also owns the domain name, which currently features Roof, a sporadically updated real-estate blog.

After Business 2.0, he served briefly as an executive editor at Fortune Magazine, working at its San Francisco bureau, before rejoining Time in April 2008 as an editor-at-large.[7]

As of 2012, he was the editorial director at Flipboard.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Oxfeld, Jesse (2004-02-03). "So What Do You Do, Josh Quittner? The Business 2.0 editor on his career, his magazine, and life in San Francisco". Media Bistro. Retrieved 2001-02-05.
  2. ^ a b "Biography: Josh Quittner". Time. 2001. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  3. ^ Quittner, Joshua (October 1994). "Billions Registered". Wired. 2 (10). Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  4. ^ a b Quittner, Joshua (1996). "Web Dreams". Wired. 4 (11). Retrieved 2008-02-26.
  5. ^ Quittner, Joshua (July 1995). "The Birth of Way New Journalism". HotWired. Archived from the original on 1999-05-03. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  6. ^ Futrelle, David (January 1997). "Why the new media won't save the world — or even displace the old media". Salon. Archived from the original on 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
  7. ^ a b Kramer, Stacy D. (2008-04-16). "Josh Quittner Comes Full Circle, Returns to Time; Will Blog at". Paid Content. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  8. ^ Warzel, Charlie (May 16, 2012). "Flipboard's Quittner Talks About Role, Explains Ad Platform". Adweek. Retrieved August 29, 2012.