Mashable Writer Contributes to The Industry Standard (That’s Me)


tis-logo.gifThe Industry Standard has returned to the tech scene, not as a printed publication, but in the reincarnated form of an online publication and interactive prediction market. I was fortunate enough to get an early look at TIS prior to its launch, and covered its emergence here on Mashable.

I was also fortunate enough to receive a request from TIS to be a contributor to the site. TIS has garnered notable contributors from across the web, like Guy Kawasaki and Matt Marshall, so I’m honored to be in such good company.

kristen-profile.pngWhile contributing to TIS won’t be interfering with my job at Mashable, it is a good opportunity for a Mashable writer to be part of the larger conversations going on about today’s industry. Of course, my specialty happens to be rather focused on social media and all the implications therein, so if you’d like, feel free to check out my first contribution to TIS.

It’s actually a collection of sites that are likely to fail or succeed. The basis for determining the potential fails included seeking out sites that have gained a lot of press, but don’t quite live up to the hype. In regards to the potential successes, I looked at sites that have a great concept, but are still diamonds in the rough. Bill Snyder also contributed to this particular article, which can be found here.

I’m excited about being able to contribute to the ongoing discussions of our day, and carrying these discussions through Mashable, and even through my personal website as well.


SXSW Rocked Me…Straight to Bed.


I’ve been home from SXSW for a few days now, but I’m still recovering from the mayhem that is the Ultimate Spring Break for Geeks. I had a great time, and managed to lose my voice the very first night I was in Austin, thanks to the loud music and my inability to correctly use my diaphragm for projecting my voice–I just screamed instead.

By the time Tuesday night rolled around, what I though were allergies turned out to be an all-out chest cold. So after spending the past 2 days in bed, my eyes can now stand the light of the computer screen, and I can finally post a recap of all the great times I had at SXSW.

I’ll start off by saying that, despite ending up sick as a dog at the Interactive conference, I’d do it all again (with Purell in my pocket). I got to meet more people than I ever imagined, and I got to catch up with some folks I hadn’t seen in quite some time.

One of the highlights of my trip was my first video interview, which happened to be with Guy Kawasaki. You can see the interview here, as Kawasaki speaks on his latest venture, Alltop. I admit that I didn’t have a tripod with me, and had to hold the camera the entire time…so you won’t see me in the video. Maybe next time!

Another highlight of my trip was getting to use the Nokia N95, which has become quite popular thanks to the likes of Robert Scoble, and the phone’s ability to support services like Qik. I took lots of photos with the camera phone my first night at SXSW, and even tried my hand at live vlogging, but the camera’s flash leaves a lot to be desired.

Otherwise, I love the camera and I can’t wait to use it some more once I get out to San Francisco in about a week. See here for the Mashable Flickr stream, and feel free to visit my Facebook profile to see pictures there as well.

Mashable Rocks at SXSW!


SXSW Interactive kicks off this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited! This will be my first trip to Austin for the famed conference. It will be my first time in Texas as well, so if you’re familiar with the area and you’ll be in Austin for SXSW, then you’ll have to show me around!

I’ve been able to start traveling a lot more in the past 6 months, so I’m getting better at this live-blogging deal. I’ll be taking lots of pictures and I’ll have my video camera, too. I’m looking to get some interviews in, and work with Mark over at Mashable in order to get them posted a.s.a.p. Mark is great at editing videos, so we’ve got a pretty nice in-house operation goin’ here! Well, at least we will if I don’t screw anything up!

Also, be sure to win all the great Mashable schwag we’ll be dishing out over the next 4 days. Click here for details.