I've been working professionally on the Web since 1994, when I was first introduced to NCSA Mosaic. I became one of those evangelists running around campus espousing the virtues of the Web, and even started a consulting company named after Ravenna, a city in Italy famous for mosaic works of art.
At the time, AOL users couldn't access the Internet, and a Web developer couldn't center things on a page. HTML was interesting, but dove headfirst into CGI and world of "dynamic" Web pages.
I've had a long work history, building up knowledge and professional experience for the last 12 years.
Through working for many companies in several industries, and studying along the way, I finally feel confident and knowledgeable enough to execute on my visions. I'm ready to make my mark.
To do so, I will finally start a blog under my name, and as for execution I am working on turning my creation Coloring.com into a household brand. It gets a respectable amount of traffic for a site that I've mostly neglected, but 2008 marks the year where I will be capitalizing upon social media to spur its new incarnation. You can hear me speak about it in this interview with Chicago Tech Report at the TechCocktail Conference in Chicago.
One way I intend to grow the site is internationally. I need to get a better understanding of the world, especially China! The United States economy will continue to face enormous competition from China, so it would be wise to try to understand the Chinese culture and begin to craft a product offering that would delight those families.
For the first time, I feel my mind is completely awake to this country, economy, and this political season, and I intend to use the China Business Network to jumpstart this understanding.
Oh, and I'm into wine lately, and have met Gary Vaynerchuk twice. (I may not be somebody yet, but he is and I'm overjoyed he knows me.)