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So what is this website?
My website provides practical advice and commentary on entrepreneurship, psychology, marketing, media, technology, and life in general. I do this from the lens of my experience as a journalist, venture capitalist, and author. I’m not out to cover tech news on this blog; you can read my stuff on Inc for that.
Specifically, I am here to talk about what’s in store in the future and dole out practical advice for entrepreneurs and marketers. 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. Luckily, it didn’t affect my swimming or lifeguarding skills!
- 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. I had to do this 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. He is a General Partner at Rostrum Capital, an early-stage venture fund that invests in the next generation of platform companies. He is the author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, published by HarperCollins. His book dives into the science of attention; why we pay attention to certain people, products, and ideas; and how to capture and retain somebody’s attention. He is a growth and marketing advisor to large brands such as Lufthansa Airlines, and he is a columnist for Inc. Magazine and a contributor to CNBC.
Previously, Parr was co-founder of DominateFund, where he led investments in uBeam, Shots, and Graft Concepts (acquired by Novatel Wireless), and Co-Editor 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 ABC News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, Fox News, USA Today, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times.
For his work, Parr was named one of the top ten tech journalists in the world by Say Media, one of the top 10 Internet of Things experts by Inc. Magazine, and named to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30. He 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.
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