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“I really like Alan. He's smart, engaging, helpful, insightful, and a lot of fun to work with. He sees way ahead of the curve, understands markets deeply (publishing for example) and knows how to connect both in person and in the virtual forms.”
-Doc Searls, Author of Cluetrain Manifesto & The Intention Economy
I’ve appeared in Macworld, MacAddict, original author OS X at O’Reilly. Appeared in several O'Reilly books. Featured in Wired Magazine (cover story), The Jim Lehrer Newshour, CNET, Slashdot, The London Observer, Boing Boing, Lockergnome, Linux Journal, and Po Bronson’s NY Times Bestseller, “The Nudist on the Lateshift.”
I may or may not be the nudist.
I created the world’s first handheld Travelblog in 2001, VisorAdventure. I crossed 10,000 miles using only a wireless Handspring PDA to prove that mobile computing was possible, 6 years before the iPhone.
In 2003, created a book based on blogs as literature. When my agent approached the big NYC publishers, their response:
“No one’s going to care what a bunch of nobodies online have to say about anything.”
The book was assembled with the help of co-editor Bonnie Burton of LucasFilm and hit bookshelves in 2004. Many of the writer’s featured have gone on to fame for their writing, including Heather Armstrong (Dooce), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek), Choire Sicha (The Awl), & Mark Fraunfelder (boing boing). With my own social networking/marketing I sold out its first printing in 2 weeks.
Worked with Better Homes & Gardens, Paramount Pictures, Salon.com, The Well, Fiskars, Feedster, Apple, Sonos, Sausage Software, Dave’s Gourmet, & ICentral.
Pre-IPO Marketing Manager for Sausage Software, makers of the world’s first commercial html editor and micropayment solution. Australia’s first internet IPO at $90 million AUS.
VP of Sales and Business Development for ICentral, makers of ShopSite Pro. Acquired by OpenMarket for $12 million.
Chief Technology Evangelist for PresenceWorks/btask. Funded by Governor Mark Warner (founder of Nextel) and Raymond Smith (CEO of Verizon).
O’Reilly/Make Magazine author.
ZDNet founding author of original Web 2.0 blog.
One of the founders of influential monthly SF tech mixer, SFWIN.
Community and Music Liaison for Discovery Channel. Launched Discovery's first music site.