I'm a proud digital native. My first computer was an Atari. I am deeply grateful to my tech-savvy dad for raising me in the firm belief that technology is the answer. (What was the question again?)
In 2006, I started a European online magazine, Point-e. The idea was to include articles from young writers from all over Europe, add the benefit of a thorough edit and publish them on our site. I convinced two of my nearest and dearest to be my team. Lee was the Editor-in-Chief, Sven ran the technical side of things. We published some really cool articles and illustrations by young creatives from all over the continent and I'm proud of our work. But after three great years, we decided to take down the site. College ended, our lives were pulled in different directions and we determined that it was better to end Point-e than to continue it without giving it our proper attention. But we had a ball and learned a lot. I'd do it again any day.
In 2007 I first heard of a group of authors living in Berlin, calling themselves the "Digital Bohème." I read up on them and their ideas, and was certain that I had found the topic for my masters thesis: The Digital Bohème: An Interpretation (in German). I spent a delightful six months researching Sascha Lobo, Holm Friebe and Kathrin Passig's ideas and how they ran parallel to turn-of-the-century-bohemianism. As with earlier bohemian movements, the Digital Boheme centered around cafes (just this time with MacBooks and Lattes) in big cities, people who supported their creative endeavors with day jobs and made themselves the main subject of their creative output. I also updated and expanded the German Wikipedia entry for "Bohème" with my findings.
Like the Bohemians, I, too, often work in a cafe. Except that the cafe happens to be in the Port Authority Building in New York, Google's NY headquarters. I love the fast pace and the company culture. And I'm thrilled to work with so many bright and visionary people on exciting projects. Like this one: