Monday, February 20, 2017

Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington

The weeks subject of “The Sunday Morning Post” was not an easy subject to profile. A ProBlogger in every sense of the word, Michael Arrington has seen a variety of successes on the Internet. It would appear that he is one of those individual’s with the midas touch. He is Technorati’s Number 2 most popular Blog.

J. Michael Arrington (born March 13, 1970 in Orange, California) is the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a blog covering the Silicon Valley technology start-up communities and the wider technology field in USA and elsewhere. Magazines such as Wired and Forbes have named Arrington one of the most powerful people on the Internet. In 2008, he was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. Wired magazine also included him in a flowchart of “internet blowhards” citing his obsession with “Web 2.0″.

Arrington grew up in California, USA and Surrey, England and graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a major in economics. He went on to Stanford Law School and graduated in 1995. He practiced corporate and securities law at O’Melveny & Myers, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Arrington was co-founder of Achex, an internet payments company, which was sold to First Data Corp for $32 million and is now the back-end of Western Union online. His other entrepreneurial endeavors include co-founding Zip.ca and Pool.com, acting as chief operating officer for Razorgator, and founding Edgeio. He was also more recently on the board of directors for the startup Foldera which was designing a software as a service organizational tool.

Arrington rose to internet prominence with his Silicon Valley blog, TechCrunch. TechCrunch covers Internet startups and news, and has been the origin of several startup news scoops and exclusives.

Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman

While thinking of a subject for this post, there are literally hundreds of subjects to choose from in the area of social media where it benefits Bloggers. However, I can only think of three that have a “killer app” kind of impact on the Blogger’s destiny. I would venture to guess that Twitter is one, with MySpace and Linkedin as the others. I have covered the founders of Twitter and Facebook; now meet Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn.

Hoffman was born in Stanford, California, and grew up in Berkeley, California. He attended high school at The Putney School. He graduated from Stanford University (where he won a Marshall Scholarship and a Dinkelspiel Award) with a bachelor’s degree in symbolic systems, and from Oxford University with a master’s degree in philosophy.

Hoffman says he saw academia as an opportunity to make an “impact”, but later realized that an entrepreneurial career would provide him with a bigger platform. “When I graduated from Stanford my plan was to become a professor and public intellectual. That is not about quoting Kant. It’s about holding up a lens to society and asking ‘who are we?’ and ‘who should we be, as individuals and a society?’ But I realized academics write books that 50 or 60 people read and I wanted more impact.”

His first job was a summer internship with Inglenook, a Napa Valley winery. After working at Apple Computer and Fujitsu, Hoffman co-founded his first company, SocialNet.com. While at Socialnet, Hoffman was a member of the board of directors at the founding of PayPal, an electronic money transmission service, and later joined the firm as a full-time employee. At the time of PayPal’s acquisition by eBay in 2002, he was Executive Vice President of PayPal in charge of business and corporate development. His entire professional career can be found on his LinkedIn profile.

Reid was LinkedIn’s founding CEO for the first four years before moving to his role as Chairman and President of Products in February 2007. LinkedIn is a business-oriented Internet-based social network service. He has been called the “most connected man in all of Silicon Valley”. He has strong relationships with many of the central players in Web 2.0, especially entrepreneurs, executives, and investors. He invented the term for his people as the new “Second Generation Web Entrepreneurs”. He leads as a board director of a variety of Silicon Valley businesses, mostly in the social network domain, including Mozilla, Burger King, Vendio, Six Apart, Kiva.org, Tagged, and Zynga. He is an investor in Facebook, IronPort, Flickr, Digg, Grockit, Ping.fm, Nanosolar, Care.com, Knewton, Kongregate, Last.fm, Zynga and several other firms. Reid is currently executive chairman of Linkedin and partner at Greylock Partners.

He currently lives in Silicon Valley, California with his wife.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

When starting this section of Bloggers Market, I had hoped to highlight some of the new talent of “The New Media”, but as I got further into the understanding of the Internet, I couldn’t help but be drawn to those that are responsible for the building of this dynamic medium. All playing a part in the intricate construction of what we have come to rely on for our daily information fix. None plays a bigger role in this new way of life and social interaction than Mark Zuckerberg.

Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York to a Jewish family and raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York. As a young lad Mark had an interest in computer programming, working of programs for communications applications & tools and, as one might imagine, games. He attended high school at Ardsley High School before he transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy where he studied Latin.

Mark built a music player named Synapse that used artificial intelligence to learn the user’s listening habits, and was courted by Microsoft and AOL when both tried to purchase Synapse. Mark decided to head to Harvard instead, where he started “Facebook” from his dorm room on February 4, 2004. Mark originally had intended for Facebook to be used by his Harvard group, but soon enlisted the help of Dustin Moskovitz to spread the idea to Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell and Yale. Obviously wanting to keep it an Ivy League thing.

Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz decided to move to Palo Alto, California during the summer of 2004, where they leased a small house that would serve as their first office. Over the summer Dustin met Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist who co-founded Pay-Pal and provided an early opportunity to Peter Thiel to invest in Facebook.

As Facebook went through it’s growing pains with the likes of “News Feed”, “Connect”, and “Beacon” it was able to pitch Microsoft on a 1.6% stake of the company for $240 million. On that formula, it is said that at least Microsoft believes that Facebook is worth in the neighborhood of 15 Billion, which is a pretty good neighborhood.

And what is Mark Zuckerberg Tweeting about? I kid you not ………. Facebook, man,…….. you just can’t think this stuff up. Go configure!
Here it is as of March 13, 2009: “Also just created a public page on FB: www.facebook.com/markzuckerberg”. Think you can give us an update there Mark!!!