What I don't have is a mission statement, instead just a relentless focus on people and problem solving. I also have some good questions: How do we understand user needs, design better interaction, and create technology that's more relevant to users and the community? (Pssss, and if I don't know the answer, I know someone who does.)
Maybe I'm just lucky, but I've learned from some of the brightest minds in tech. I earned a Master's degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), which a star professor refers to as a "Center for the Study of the Recently Possible." My thesis project, Interventions for the Overly Connected, explores the hyper-connected lives of social connectors like Danah Boyd, Cory Doctorow, Clay Shirky, and Ethan Zuckerman. My research findings offer insight into product strategy, design and user experience.
I'm a collaborator at heart. My projects are fun, have taken me around the world, and have been covered by both tech and non-tech media. I've presented at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and at Microsoft Research, and I've testified on data privacy to the Federal Trade Commission.
And all this hard work wouldn't be worth it without the community. I'm most actively involved in Web 2.0 Expo Open Committee, nextNY, and I curate and coordinate Ignite NYC on behalf of O'Reilly Media and the tech community.
Ok, another coffee and back to work!