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The Writer’s Icing: Smart Revisions

I used to hate revising my writing. I really hated it.  Kind-of like cleaning up my room as a kid. It worked fine for me, so why did I need to fix it up more for other people? But then something clicked. I wrote something good, and during forced revisions by a teacher, I made it […]

More Ways Male Allies Can Help Solve Tech’s Gender Equity Problem

Men are just as much a part of the #MeToo conversation as women, yet while women are feeling more confident speaking out, many men are stepping back, becoming quiet, not sure how they can best help solve the problem. As I wrote in Slate earlier this week, there is a lot men can do to be […]

Settling Back into Screenwriting

For most of us, once we’ve found a craft we enjoy or a meaningful pastime, it sticks with us — even if we haven’t done anything with it in years. That was the case with me and screenwriting, a pursuit I began in college after recognizing a knack for writing dialogue while working on a short […]

Social Media and the Pervasiveness of Unfinished Thoughts

I remember someone telling me when I was a teenager that time speeds up as you get older. As I was then so impatient to graduate and move on with my life, it didn’t make any sense and didn’t make me feel any better, but now I look back on it and the truth in […]

Greatest Hits, Volume I & II

I’ve been looking back on my career some lately as I contemplate options for what to do next, and I realized I’ve had some pretty incredible opportunities. I’m always on the lookout to challenge myself in different ways, but I think it’s good to look back and appreciate what you’ve experienced and learned along the way. So […]

Sharpening Startup Skills Through Mentoring and Advising

I became an innovator at a young age, developing my first digital publication as a bulletin board system at age fourteen, iterated until I graduated. During college, I worked in university information technology, then after college, I joined a startup. Soon thereafter, I started my first company, working toward making money from my innovations. My career after […]

Content Matters

When I began writing professionally, it was a natural extension of the writing I was already doing for college newsletters and my own personal website in the pre-blogging world. I found my first few projects based purely in topical interest – technology. From there, my writing and editing expanded to other topics, but the vast […]

Engineering the Future for Entrepreneurs

Next week, I will have the honor of visiting Penn State as a Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence and participating in several of the courses they provide for students who are studying engineering entrepreneurship as a minor. It’s an impressive program and these students will undoubtedly come out of it much better prepared than I was leaving college. I look forward to […]

Big Data, Cybersecurity & Digital Empowerment

In my career to date, I’ve researched or worked on pretty much every topic in information technology and digital media, from online culture to data security. Sometimes it seems like I’m shifting gears from one radically different topic to another when I speak to various media sources as an expert source, but at the foundation, it all […]

Talking Tech, Digital Media & Cyber Policy

On my most recent trip to Washington, D.C., I had the pleasure of sitting down with some of the sharp team at the Center for Democracy and Technology. They were kind enough to invite me to participate in their weekly podcast, CDT Tech Talk, where we discussed my book in one of their segments. Offline, we […]