Interview with Unretrofied's Chris Gonzales

Chris Gonzales was kind enough to feature me as the final installment of his current interview series on his (truly brilliant) site, Unretrofied . 

During our time, Chris and I delved into my background — a topic I've traditionally been rather reticent to discuss — Need, Bionic, contemporary writing, monetizing content, Google Glass, and so forth. 

It was a far-reaching, lengthy, and highly-topical interview. Certainly the most detailed I've ever been when discussing various matters relating to my personal and professional lives. 

The piece is certainly not short, but it should shed far more light on my particular stances, beliefs, and philosophies — when it comes to our industry — than ever before.

Beyond the interview, I encourage you to spend some time reading through Chris' work. He's a phenomenal and wonderfully thoughtful writer who's only just beginning to get off the ground. (You'll also find his work on Shawn Blanc's consumer curation publication, Tools & Toys .)

For those who're in need of a columnist, writer, or other such personality, I highly recommend taking a look at Chris' work. And I say that with the full gravity such a statement and endorsement warrants.

His voice and candor is precisely the sort we need more of in this community and I sincerely believe he will be moving to the forefront of it in the (relatively) near future. 

To the topic at hand, if you enjoy self-indulgent verbosity and some general thoughts regarding the industry, you can read my interview with Chris on Unretrofied .

If you want to reach out for clarifications or to learn more, you can find me on Twitter


Perspective, Issue #1: Matt Alexander

Christian Colocho:

Perspective is about the views of our current landscape by those who make, write, speak, code, and design our future. Those who aren’t afraid to walk a different road, those who say no to the status quo. Today, in our inauguratory episode, Matt Alexander of One37 fame sits with me to discuss the current journalistic landscape and what he thinks could be done to improve it.

Christian was kind enough to invite me to join him for the first issue of his new interview series, 'Perspective.'

We discussed the state of digital publishing, my lessons learned over the first year of OneThirtySeven, large-scale publications, the future of Bionic, and my thoughts concerning the future of consumer technology. All in all, it was a great interview to be a part of and I'm excited to see who else Christian will have a chance to chat with.

Incidentally, given the fact that Christian placed no word limit on my responses, I highly suggest warming up your read later service of choice. I really ran with my "wordy" stereotype.

Finally, if you've yet to visit Christian's site, I recommend you take some time to sift through. Christian is one of the early members of a budding community of independent writers specializing in the Google ecosystem. He has some interesting perspectives that are certainly worth your time.

The Verge Interviews Dom Leca, Sparrow Co-Founder

In an interview with The Verge, Dom Leca, co-founder of Sparrow, sheds some light on his thoughts regarding development, email, literature, and design. Here's a particularly great excerpt from the interview:

Email is declared dead a few times a year. Why the staying power? Does it need to evolve?

How did you apply for your job? How do you negotiate a deal? How do you review your employee work? What tool are you using when you're sending message to your loved ones? SMS, Facebook messages, What's app, Kik are all great new means of communication but mail still has its own territory. Email definitely needs to evolve. Sparrow 1.x is an attempt to marginally change habits.

I am an enormous (and outspoken) proponent of what Dom and Hoa have envisioned in Sparrow, and I can't wait to see what new features Sparrow 2.0 holds (not to mention Sparrow for iOS).

Leca's perception of Sparrow as an agent of progressive change for email is ambitious, admirable, but most importantly, achievable. The inroads Leca and his team have made are fantastic, and if they remain on their current path, Sparrow is likely set to become one of the most memorable and influential apps in the Mac App Store (and elsewhere).

M.G. Siegler: Blogger Turned Venture Capitalist


How transferrable do you think blogging skills are to investing?

In some ways, very transferrable. In other ways, it's a totally new game. Of course, there are many [companies that have] good stories that aren't good companies [for investment]. That's been a learning process--not that I would invest in something that's going to be a train wreck just because it's a good story.

Something worth reading for anyone interested in blogging, and the potential business world that lies beyond.