I was born in Los Angeles and raised by New Yorkers. After a stint in the music industry, I moved to San Francisco to attend UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. During my first semester, Wired Magazine's editor in chief Chris Anderson asked me to be his writing assistant on his forthcoming book. Published in 2006, The Long Tail appeared on The New York Times bestseller list and won the Loeb Award for Business Book of the Year. Not long after, I became a correspondent at Wired.
From 2007-2009, I edited Cool Tools, a website published by Kevin Kelly, Wired's founding executive editor. During that time I edited more than 500 reviews of wondrous doodads — everything from bicycle pumps to beekeeping gear. Published in 2014, the print version of Cool Tools has been compared to The Whole Earth Catalog.
Since 2010, I've been a freelance writer for various magazines. Among other subjects, I've written features about biotech and body hackers, performed as a pro mascot, experimented with online dating, trained as a Benihana chef, explored controversial treatments for military veterans with PTSD, and profiled celebrities including Ashton Kutcher. To read my work, see Print.
In 2012, I began writing a feature documentary about Tower Records called All Things Must Pass. Directed by Colin Hanks, the film traces the rise & fall of the defunct record store chain. It's Boogie Nights meets Wall Street without the power suits and hair gel. The film premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and was called "freshly compelling" by Variety and "disarmingly intimate" by Newsweek.
In 2013, I began writing & co-editing a book based on the website Cabin Porn (SFW). Published by Little, Brown and Company, the book debuted on The New York Times bestseller list for How-To/Misc.
In 2015, I directed a documentary short about tech-savvy treasure hunters for ESPN Films & FiveThirtyEight. The following year, I story produced a documentary short series called Moon Shot about people competing in the Google Lunar X-PRIZE, a $30 million competition for anyone to land a rover on the Moon. Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and helmed by Academy Award-winning director Orlando von Einsiedel, these nine short films premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. That same year, I also wrote & co-produced a feature documentary called Silicon Cowboys, which tells the true story of how three friends in Houston in 1981 built a portable computer and wound up battling IBM, the world's most powerful computer company. When it premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, Silicon Cowboys was called "vivid and evocative" by Variety. For more of my documentary work, see Film.
I've filmed & reported all over the world from Bangalore & Berlin to Tel Aviv & Tokyo.
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