ABOUT

Hi, I’m Elizabeth. I’m a journalist in New York City. I specialize in business reporting, primarily about technology.

From 2005 to 2007 I worked at Businessweek, writing about anti-shoplifting technology, highly-leveraged companies and architectural innovation, among other topics.

Between 2007 and 2012, I covered technology for Forbes, with a focus on the telecom/mobile industry. Of the hundreds of stories I wrote there, favorites include: an inside look at Palm’s reinvention, how South Korea is battling Internet addiction, the saga of a politically incorrect iPhone developer, the process of creating a font just for Android phones, colleges that are giving away iPhones or teaching iPhone development or both, behind-the-scenes of Verizon’s quality testing lab, a profile of the payments start-up processing Occupy Wall Street’s online donations and an introduction to the video-chat service that is a mega-hit with teenagers. In 2011, while at Forbes, I was voted one of the mobile industry’s top 20 “smart mobile device pundits”.

More recently, I have been freelancing for other business publications, such as Fast CompanyInc. and Money, and writing about educational technology for EdSurge. I also wrote a book about the smartphone industry — The Smartphone, Anatomy of an Industry — which was published in September 2014. (For more on the book, please see here and here.)

Driven by a keen interest in Asia, I have lived in Seoul, where I studied Korean (on two Richard U. Light fellowships), and Hong Kong, where I interned at Time Asia. I have also reported from Taiwan, courtesy of a National Press Foundation fellowship.

I have a B.A. from Yale and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia, where I was the recipient of a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.

Thanks for reading/visiting!

12 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Programmer3141

    How long can the dessert pattern continue for Android’s nickname? For ‘K’, these came up from search:

    Kahula mousse brownies
    Kraft cheesecake

    These are brand names, so would Google have to get permission to use one of these?

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    1. ewoyke Post author

      Thanks, those are some interesting suggestions. Google’s Android names are informal, sort of akin to nicknames, so I don’t think it would need permission. My guess is that Google would only choose generic names for its Android versions anyway.

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  2. Dan

    I wonder if Samsung is going to actually sue Apple for LTE? If you can win a judgement stating that rounded edge squares can be patient…i’m sure Samsung will have a good chance.. but the question is.. would they sue?

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    1. ewoyke

      I know the reporter who wrote that Korea Times story. My guess is that Samsung is assessing its ability to win an LTE suit. If it decides to sue, we will hear soon enough…

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  3. Paul

    I found your recent Inc story about Big Data refreshing. Most business publications are inundated with stories about Big Data and the transformational effect it’s having on large businesses. I can count, with the fingers on my hand, the number of meetings I’ve had in the past few months where Big Data wasn’t mentioned. The term gets thrown around loosely, without any real examples. Your story illustrated how Big Data is being used by small businesses in a realistic way to produce results that I can see!

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    1. ewoyke

      I too had heard so much about Big Data, almost always in regards to larger companies and without supporting details (as you point out). I wanted to take the opposite tack in my Inc. story. Thanks for the feedback.

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  4. Albert Jacobs

    You wrote about Motorola who thought of producing some rugged tablets. Do you know whether they have or are there alternative suppliers in rugged and even Isafe level tablets in the market or about to surface?

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    1. ewoyke

      Right now, Motorola has three tablets: http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/Tablets/tablets,en_US,sc.html. The most expensive of the three (the DROID XYBOARD 10.1) has some features designed for durability, such as Corning’s extra-strong Gorilla Glass and water-repellant coating. But it is not really a rugged tablet and it is not the kind of rugged tablet Motorola was talking about in my Feb. 2012 story. A handful of companies are currently producing rugged tablets. This is a pretty good overview: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/12/14/rugged-tablets/. Of them, I’m only familiar with Panasonic’s Toughbook line and the ET1, from Motorola’s enterprise company, Motorola Solutions.

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  5. Paul Karn

    I remember reading some of your articles on Forbes so when I found out you had a blog I decided to drop by and show my support. Good to see you still have a passion for tech.

    Best of luck, Ms. Woyke.

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