More than 15 years reporting and writing for national publications: CNET News, The New York Times, Wired News, Time Magazine, Wired Magazine, Salon, Business 2.0, and more. Author, “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Second Life,” published by Wiley.
2014 - Present
I cover emerging technologies like robots, 3D printing, drones, and more, as well as Facebook, the Internet, and startups.
2006 - 2014
2005 - 2006
Starting in 2005, I covered the broad technology industry, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Silicon Valley startups, and many other companies, and was CNET's Twitter beat reporter from 2012 to early 2014. As a professional journalist since 1997, I leveraged my deep network of contacts and developed a reputation for constantly generating creative ideas and turning those into great stories. I created a unique tech/geek culture beat that spanned breaking news and features, pure tech, the Internet, aviation, space, and entertainment. Few reporters working today can credibly cover so many different topics, or turn top-notch stories around as fast as I can.
My October 2013 scoop on the existence of the so-called Google Barge sparked global coverage, and led to my appearing CBS News, CNN, and other national television and radio outlets. My annual CNET Road Trip project, which I created in 2006 and produced every summer since, generated 40 million total page views.
I also illustrated many of my stories with my own photographs, often producing popular original photo galleries.
2003 – 2005
As a full-time freelancer, I created a hybrid tech/geek culture beat, becoming a leading writer about virtual worlds, video games, Internet culture and traditional technology. I was one of the first reporters to write regularly about user-generated content, as well as the maker/DIY movement, and was among the earliest to cover early social networks like Friendster.
2004 - 2005
The New York Times
I wrote freelance stories for the New York Times on subjects ranging from Friday Cat Blogging to hoax bloggers to early consumer VOIP phones, and more.
2000 – 2004
San Francisco stringer
As a San Francisco-based freelance reporter, I covered a wide variety of topics, including technology, energy deregulation, employment, education, end times Christianity, World Series baseball and more. My reporting appeared in two Time cover stories.
1997 - 1998
San Francisco, California
As a staff reporter for this top-ranked, 7,500-circulation daily legal newspaper, I reported and wrote on the Silicon Valley legal world, intellectual property law and Silicon Valley and San Francisco law firms.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
New York, NY
MS in Journalism, May 1997
University of California, Santa Cruz
BA in Politics, June 1992
Multimedia Studies Program, San Francisco State University
Digital Journalism, July 1999