Ben Parr is a respected technology entrepreneur, investor and journalist. Parr is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of #DominateFund, an early-stage venture capital firm that helps startups get attention for their products by 1) connecting startups with celebs and influencers and 2) coaching startups on how to deal with media and the press, user acquisition strategies, and how to navigate Hollywood. In addition to #DominateFund, Parr is also a Columnist & Commentator for the popular technology news website CNET, where he opines on technology and entrepreneurship. He is currently writing his first book, Captivology: The Secret Science of Capturing People’s Attention, due in 2014 from Penguin Riverhead. Previously, Parr was the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, where he wrote more than 2,400 articles on social media and technology, managed Mashable’s editorial team, and interviewed everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Mark Zuckerberg. Parr’s work has been featured in a variety of media, including Fortune, CNN, Fox News, TechCrunch, CNBC, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, Globe and Mail, The Atlantic, Wired, The Denver Post, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Sky News, PC World, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Toronto Sun, CBS News, TheWrap, Del Spiegel, Business Insider and The New York Times. In 2011 Parr was named one of the top ten tech journalists in the world by Say Media, and in 2012 he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30. Parr is a graduate of Northwestern University, majoring in Science in Human Culture and Political Science, and minoring in Business Institutions.
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