Hello internet strangers and friends! Welcome to my blog. Here are some fun facts:
Name: Amanda Peyton
Location: Bay Area, California
What is this blog?
I started a blog in 2009 as a class assignment. I have since tried most other mediums (twitter, instagram, tumblr, others), but continue to come back to longer-form (ahem, internet long-form) writing. There is no substitute and no better way to get to know someone on the internet. I generally write about topics I love: startups, New York City, hardware, creative technology, urban interaction, mobile computing, strangers in cities, China, adventures, and other random stuff.
This is an entirely personal blog.
Who are you?
I am a technology entrepreneur. I love building and thinking about new technology. I started a company called Grand St. that was acquired by Etsy in 2014 and have worked on numerous websites, mobile apps and hardware in all kinds of different scenarios.
My favorite site on the internet is archive.org because I am a sucker for nostalgia.
I was on The Daily Show once and said “asshole” on national television. My parents are so proud. I also had a former stint working in private-sector military strategy and intelligence and have the Wikileaks scars to prove it.
Mostly though, I am deeply curious and love the new new. I’ve lived in 8 different cities in the last 10 years and have a lot of trouble sitting still.
I am too lazy to read all your posts – can you point me to the best ones?
I would consider these three picks some of my best writing:
1. ”Gaming bit.ly: A New Kind of Domain Speculation” from July 2009.
2. ”APIs for Manufacturing” from September 2012.
3. ”My Call to Senator Schumer’s Office on PIPA: It’s So Much Worse Than I Thought” from January 2012. This one resulted in a call from one of Schumer’s top aides, was #1 on Hackernews and picked up by a handful of national publications.
How can I contact you?
ap [at] amandapeyton.com
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updated December 2015