Ben Parr Talks

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Ben Parr (@benparr) spends the majority of his waking hours as the co-editor for a little know web site called – Mashable (you may have heard of it ?)

He appears to be a pretty down to earth, cool dude, that supports his teams and has fun while doing it. From his personal blog at, he sees his daily work tasks as three-fold:

– Writing: I don’t have a specific focus or “beat” at Mashable. I pretty much write about all of the subjects Mashable covers through the relationships and expertise I’ve built. You could find me writing about breaking news from Facebook or diving into a thoughtful opinion piece on the structure of the web.

– Editorial: I help Adam manage the news room, assign stories, and edit articles (though I want to take this time to say that Brenna and Lauren are amazing editors that make us all look good). I also work and manage a range of editorial projects to support the entire team’s efforts.

– Biz Dev/Strategy: Mashable has a lot of moving parts. While I leave the biz stuff to COO Adam Hirsch and the overall vision to Pete, I’m constantly helping out with events, internal projects, and figuring out our next steps.

All that aside, he took a little time today to talk about the pros and cons of using the wildly popular (after only one day), website for jailbreaking ANY iPod, iPhone or iPad device.

I’m building up the courage myself here to go through the jailbreak. Have any of you done it yet? If so, what’s been your experience?

James Hicks
James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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