About Me

Click here to skip to my professional bio.

So what is this website?

My website provides practical advice and commentary on technology, entrepreneurship and life in general. I try to do this by talking about the topics I know best: entrepreneurship, technology and media. I’m not out to cover tech news on this blog, though – you can read my stuff on CNET and Mashable for that.

Specifically, I am out to talk about practical advice for entrepreneurs and what’s in store in the future for the web. There are many resources, ideas, trends, and opinions that can help someone become a sharper mind and a better person. I want to bring all of that to you through this blog and my work. I will always try to provide you with a new perspective, sound advice, and a bit of my quirky charm.

So who is Ben Parr?

Instead of me trying to describe to you who I am and what I stand for, I’ll highlight a few traumatic experiences in my life that will give you a clearer picture of who I am. Who wants to hear about your entire life story anyway – why not skip to the action?

(If you’re looking for the professional bio, skip below)

  • I didn’t talk until I was three years old. Honestly, I think I just didn’t want to talk. All of the psychiatrists and teachers thought I was possibly learning disabled and had speech problems. They were fantastically wrong. How they got it wrong, I’m not really sure, but it’s something that no longer interests me. I am who I am now, and that’s how I like to live.
  • I was hit by a car in a parking lot when I was six. The man who hit me gave me a crisp $20 to never say anything. I was a kid who didn’t know better, so I happily obliged. This was my first experience in business and economics, and I should thank that guy someday for it.
  • When I was eight, I broke my collar bone. My babysitter decided it was a good idea to swerve off the road to avoid a bunny on the highway when she was taking me to my first T-ball practice. Two days later, she vanished, I had a broken collar bone, and our Jeep… well, that thing’s probably a cube of crushed metal by now. I blame my babysitter for my horrendous baseball skills. At least it didn’t affect my swimming or my football.
  • I used to weight 201 pounds when I was in college. I decided to change it one summer though and dropped 40 pounds. I didn’t do it with with crazy dieting or weird workout routines, but with discipline in my workouts and in what I consumed. It just goes to show what some consistent dedication and smarter eating can do.
  • I am a man run by my principles and my philosophies. The overarching one is this: I have the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. Everything I do stems from that belief.
  • I tend to learn by jumping into the coliseum and then learning how to wield the sword. Or jumping into the pool and then learning how to swim. I am quirky and truly unconventional as a person and as a thinker. I’m fine with failure, so long as it leads to a bigger success later on. This is probably why I label myself as an entrepreneur. So don’t let failure deter you; use it as a stepping stone and an educational experience towards making your mark on the world.
  • Finally, prove all your doubters wrong. They can only hold you back if you let them.

So who is Ben Parr? – The Professional Version

Ben Parr is an award-winning journalist, author, entrepreneur, investor and expert on attention. Through his unique experience as a leading technology writer, venture capitalist and prolific public speaker, Parr has coached dozens of young startups and Fortune 500 corporations on how to get attention for their products. He was named one of the top ten tech journalists in the world by Say Media and named to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30.

Parr is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of DominateFund, a venture capital firm that invests in and accelerates the growth of early-stage technology, software and product startups through its expertise in press, marketing, customer and user acquisition, viral products and strategic celebrity partnerships.

Parr is the author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, due in 2014 from HarperOne/HarperCollins. His book dives into the science of attention, why we pay attention to certain people, products, companies and ideas, and how to capture and retain somebody’s attention. He has interviewed dozens of “Masters of Attention” for his book, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, Entourage’s Adrian Grenier, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and the Mythbusters, along with leading researchers such as Dr. Michael Posner and Dr. Adam Gazzaley.

Previously, Parr was the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, where he wrote more than 2,400 articles on social media and technology, managed Mashable’s editorial team, and interviewed everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Mark Zuckerberg. He also served as Columnist and Commentator for CNET. Parr’s work has been featured in a variety of media, including CNBC, CNN, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and The New York Times.

Parr is a graduate of Northwestern University, majoring in Science in Human Culture and Political Science, and minoring in Business Institutions. He is based in San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Contacting Me

I love to hear from everybody about my writing, how much I suck, and everything in between. It’s how I get a lot of ideas for articles. I also love hearing about new services or new ways to use them, so let’s chat. Warning though: I get a lot of email, tweets, and messages though, so it takes time.

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  • http://twitter.com/lollywould Lol Williams

    Enjoyed reading who is Ben Parr non pro version : )

  • http://almostbohemian.com/ David | Almost Bohemian


    I just read your section on revolution.is and it really resonated with me. I am also from Chicago and escaped two years ago to San Diego. No more cold winters, that is certain. Glad to see a fellow paisano made it out! :)

  • Mfon

    this is a touching story about you. welldone. you are a hero!

  • http://socialmediaseo.net SMSEO

    The best “About Me” page on the web… well done Ben Parr!

    Love your work on Mashable…

  • http://twitter.com/theplusya Plusya.com

    Great about me page. Looks like your first novel before desel ;)

  • Al-Amin Kabir

    Great about me page ben parr.. i am a great fan of your write up :-)

  • Allan Kapten

    Good bio Ben, very honest. 

    May I kindly point out a slight typo (I may be wrong though)-”I used to weight 201 pounds when I was in college”. Should it be “weigh” instead of “weight”? :-P

  • Galecio Mary Ann Septo

    I love to hear from everybody about my writing,how much I suck,and everything in between.It’s how I get a lot of ideas for articles. I also love hearing about new services or new ways to use them, so lets,chat.Warning thought: I get a lot of email, tweets, and message thought,so it takes time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nadeem.khan Nadeem Khan

    You are one fine blogger to get an inspiration from !

  • http://magicbeanlab.com mediaczar

    I gave you $20; the deal was, you wouldn’t say anything about me hitting you with a car. Now I find it’s published on the web. What does this say about your business ethics, Ben?

    • Jay Mann

      You should be shot and hung if you were the person who hit a six year old then tried to bribe him. (I doubt you are him) most likely a poser! Either way you suck!

    • http://www.NetArgument.com ramesh

      Being ethical is of no use, if you lack Business Instinct.

  • Roger

     I don’t know you but I checked your bio and here is the first sentence “Ben Parr is a respected technology journalist, web entrepreneur and aspiring world changer.””respected” and “world changer” seem the same cliches you want everybody else to avoid. I guess it’s hard to be objective ;-)

  • http://alphapundit.blogspot.com Dinesh Verma

    You rock man.

  • linda wolf

    ben – I need your help.
    linda wolf

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26113286 Luke Deering

    You getting hit by a car at age six, brought on a major flashback from the movie Super Bad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umsuSVW3_1o “7 bucks… what are you a six year old?!” Good luck with the new project! Luke, Founder EntrepreneurFinder.com

  • http://ideafaktory.com ideafaktory

    Hi Ben, enjoy your work on mashable.  Just gave you an honorable mention in my post about the future of journalism and the opportunities its opening up.  It’s called, The Journalist’s Last Laugh. Would love your thoughts.


  • http://twitter.com/KushangDholakia Kushang Dholakia

    This is the coolest About Me page I have seen around the Web.
    Great Job!

  • http://twitter.com/cleverbug Cleverbug.com

    Very Cool ‘About You’ page – well done! ;)

  • Kabir

    so far, you inspired me doing something greater for the society. This is the first time, I heard your name through Dice.

  • Cody Boyd

  • BenParrTeacher

    Hmmm….just curious, why do you have two “Home” pages on this your website, both doing/showing the exact same thing?

    And you say you’re in the technology space? C’mon, WordPress isn’t so hard to get right!

    Get rid of one (Home page) and look (more) professional already!

  • Fluffy Fluff

    not really seeing the entrepreneurship…as for the “traumatic experiences” – more fluff…I don’t think any of these were really that bad. Must be nice.