Ok, listen, I have done my fair share of legendary interviews. From Om to Woz to Alyssa to Vic to Andreessen, and many many more! Twitter has been monumental in helping me form amazing relationships across the globe and I have zero intention of slowing down. Zuck and Marissa, I am looking at you. I will let you choose who goes first.
If you are active on the social web, surely, you get this question a few times a week, at the very least. “How do you find the time to be everywhere? I mean there are so many platforms out there and you seem to be active on all of them. How do you balance it all?”
If you have not heard of Meerkat, I have one question for you. How are we even friends? I kid, I kid (partially). But seriously, I have not seen this much buzz about an app since the last Israeli internet sensation, Yo.
Approximately 417 people have asked me since yesterday’s Apple event what my take it. Obviously my response was “See my Twitter feed. I was live tweeting the event as it happened. https://twitter.com/hilzfuld”
It has been a while since I went on one of my rants here. I mean, I do it on Twitter quite often, but a full-fledged rant blog post? Haven’t written one since I listed my annoyances with the way people behave on the web back in June, 2014.
I gotta be honest with you. I follow way too many people on Twitter. 8,754, to be precise. It may be worth writing a post about the different reasons I follow different people. Some I follow out of curiosity, some out of courtesy, and others, I have absolutely no idea how, when, or why I started following.
Over the years, I have done quite a few killer interviews and I am very proud of the long list. Having said that, the opportunity to have interviewed Saul Singer is definitely at the top of my list. If you are not familiar (how are you not familiar?), Saul wrote the book “Startup Nation” along with his brother in law, Dan Senor.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to visit an old friend at Google, NY. Now why is that interesting? Because I call Tomer “An old friend” despite the fact that I had never met him. “Wow, you have a strange definition of friend” is probably what you’re thinking. Could very well be, but if you think about the nature of friendship, you will quickly realize that a friend is someone you learn from, someone you share experiences with, and someone you respect and, well, like. Such is Tomer.
There are many tech blogs out there. Way too many. For us tech addicts, that means too much daily reading. But then there are the ones that stand out. The tech blogs that consistently put out top-notch work and do it without the need for stupid blogger politics, or an ego the size of south america. Of course that last part, the lack an ego that makes it difficult to work with them, really limits the bunch to a very few selected blogs. The Next Web is at the top of that list.
Many years ago (ok, not that many but 5 years in virtual land is a lot!), I decided I was going to interview people who inspire me. Since then, I have been doing so as often as I can. Here are all my superstar interviews. When I first decided to try and reach these people, I set my goals quite high and even made myself laugh at the thought of ever accomplishing the goal of meeting and/or interviewing the Woz.
By: Hillel Fuld
As you might have noticed, I have been posting interviews with some of the shakers of the Web and tech industries. This is something I started doing a while back.
While these interviews have been a great experience for me to learn from some of the biggest names out there, the main advantage has been the relationships I have created. I love the fact that I can DM Alyssa Milano or joke around with Robert Scoble. I have spoken to Mike McCue on the phone (he is just as nice as online), and I am always learning from Chris Pirillo. Why am I telling you this? Because, as awesome as it might sound to be able to communicate with these rock stars, I take no credit for myself, and I will explain why.
When trying to land every single one of the interviews below, I did not hire a PR agency or draft a professional email. I opened up Twitter, wrote to the person asking for an interview, and the rest is history. If you are not on Twitter yet, you are missing out on great potential, no matter what you do in life. Building relationships and creating a network is something everyone can benefit from and what better place to do it than Twitter?
In addition to the credit to Twitter as a platform, the people I have interviewed also deserve a shoutout. After all, they are all pretty important people with insanely busy schedules, and for every person mentioned below, there is one person who I tried to interview (Ahem, Zuckerberg), and am still awaiting a response from. The people below could have just as easily ignored my request, but they responded and responded positively. Trust me, none of these superstars needed the extra exposure or recognition that Technmarketing gave them. They did it because a person asked them for a favor, so for that, I thank them.
Here’s the list of interviews. Bookmark it, because I’ll be updating it as I add more.