Contributors

The folks recommending things.

Aarti Shahani
Aarti Shahani

Aarti Shahani is a journalist covering technology and Silicon Valley for NPR and the author of 'Here We Are,' a memoir detailing her family's journey to America and the challenges they faced as poor immigrants.

Abby Rapoport
Abby Rapoport

Abby Rapoport is the publisher of the award-winning Strangers Guide, a quarterly print magazine and weekly newsletter focusing on diverse global locales through local writers and photographers. With Kira Brunner Don, she founded the publication around five years ago, winning the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2021 and 2022. Besides her publishing work, she is active in nonprofit boards, albeit with a critical view on the nonprofit industrial complex.

Abe Burmeister
Abe Burmeister

Abe Burmeister is the founder of Outlier, a brand known for creating durable, beautifully designed clothing using technical fabrics. With a proven taste for innovation in fashion, he is also recognized for his early contributions to the blogosphere, particularly through Abstract Dynamics, a site that hosted influential writers. Abe is known for being one of the most interesting and opinionated figures in the field, combining his entrepreneurial spirit with a deep engagement in environmental issues and the state of the planet.

Abi Balingit
Abi Balingit

Abi Balingit is a Brooklyn-based baker, author, and blogger. She is the author of 'Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed,' and runs the baking blog 'The Dusky Kitchen.' In addition to her baking endeavors, she works full-time in the live music industry and enjoys watching 'The X-Files' in her free time.

Adam Wray
Adam Wray

Adam Wray is a writer for the Financial Times and a consultant to fashion brands and retailers. He first gained recognition editing the FashionRedef newsletter and has a passion for culture, including fashion, fiction, and film.

Ahmed Al Omran
Ahmed Al Omran

Ahmed Al Omran is a seasoned journalist covering Saudi Arabia for the Financial Times, with previous stints at the Wall Street Journal and NPR. He is the author of the Substack newsletter “Riyadh Bureau,” offering in-depth insights into modern Saudi Arabia. Al Omran is also active on Twitter, providing updates and analysis on the region’s developments.

Aimee Yang
Aimee Yang

Aimee Yang is a LA-based food entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of BetterBrand, a consumer food tech company focused on innovating the low carb space by transforming crave-worthy foods into healthier options without guilt or compromise.

Aisha Speirs
Aisha Speirs

Aisha Speirs is a writer, editor, and strategist based in Hong Kong. With a significant background that includes being an editor at T Brand, the New York Times’s in-house creative content/brand-marketing studio, and previous roles including junior editor at Surface, bureau chief at Monocle in both NY and Hong Kong, and creative director for Potato Head, a hospitality/lifestyle company. Originally from London and having spent several years in New York, Aisha brings a wealth of experience and a global perspective to her work.

Aishwarya Iyer
Aishwarya Iyer

Aishwarya Iyer is the founder and CEO of Brightland, an olive oil brand known for its delicious product and unique aesthetic. Having lived in LA, New York City, and originally from Texas, Aishwarya emphasizes balancing analog and digital life, especially in the face of current global challenges.

Alban de Pury
Alban de Pury

Alban de Pury is a long-time friend of WITI and the founder of the non-alcoholic beer brand Al's, which he launched with his wife Fanny in 2020. Originally from the French-speaking part of Switzerland and having spent significant time in London and NYC, Alban's career transitioned from the music industry and a large vodka brand to creating a classic American non-alcoholic beer inspired by favorite dive bar lagers. Al's was born out of his own desire for a high-quality NA beer option that doesn't compromise on taste or the social experience of enjoying a beer with friends.

Alex Daly
Alex Daly

Alex Daly is the founder of Daly, a communications and marketing consultancy. Known for pioneering innovative crowdsourcing campaigns, Alex previously led an agency that launched successful crowdfunding projects such as the Neil Young Ponoplayer, NYCTA graphics manual, and a Joan Didion documentary. Also an author, she wrote a book about crowdfunding titled 'The Crowdsourceress.' Beyond her professional pursuits, Alex is a passionate music enthusiast and enjoys hosting gatherings, often integrating her love for music into social events.

Alex Freedman
Alex Freedman

Alex Freedman is a co-founder of Freedman Fitzpatrick Gallery in Los Angeles and a recent Booth MBA graduate. Known for her dynamic career path, she began in academia, transitioned to writing and traveling, and then established a notable art gallery in LA and Paris. Alex has played a significant role in building the careers of emerging artists, with their work featured in esteemed venues like the Venice Biennial, MoMA, and the Whitney.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a writer and business strategy consultant, known for his newsletter through Basic Arts. He focuses on helping businesses get unstuck, make big leaps, and stand out from the competition.

Alex Thebez
Alex Thebez

Alex Thebez is a creative and curious nerd with a deep love for internet culture. He is currently the Head of Community at Here, a video canvas app, and has spent around five years at Instagram working on the Community Lab to understand culture and trends on the platform.

Ali LaBelle
Ali LaBelle

Ali LaBelle is an LA-based designer and creative director who specializes in building early-stage brands. She started her own design studio in 2020 and has a passion for collecting art, objects, books, and images.

Aliya Khan
Aliya Khan

Aliya Khan is a designer and hotelier, featured for her expertise in a morning post.

Ally Bruschi
Ally Bruschi

Ally Bruschi is a partner/managing director at Daly. Ally promotes the concept of gratitude journaling as a method to foster a positive outlook and a deeper self-understanding, sharing personal experiences to advocate for its benefits.

Amber Finlay
Amber Finlay

Amber Finlay leads product marketing on the SNKRS app at Nike, revealing a distinctive ability to bridge technology, culture, art, and fashion. With contributions spanning from insights on local marketplaces to reflections on moral philosophy in modern TV, she delivers a unique blend of expertise and interests. Her work, including pieces on lightning rods and the narrative arts, illustrates a broad yet insightful range of topics, underscored by her personal style and professional experiences.

Amy Schmidt
Amy Schmidt

Amy Schmidt is a Brooklyn-based B2B Partnerships Director at Diageo, involved in executing partnerships in culture. Representing brands like Johnnie Walker, Ciroc, and Tequila Don Julio, she combines her Alabama roots with her professional expertise. Outside of her role at Diageo and being a proud mother, Amy enjoys yoga and window shopping on the Lower East Side.

Ana Andjelic
Ana Andjelic

Ana Andjelic is a skeptic in the digital marketing industry with expertise in the luxury and fashion world. A strategy executive, three-time WITI contributor, and author of “The Business of Aspiration”, she specializes in building brand-driven modern businesses. Ana also runs a weekly newsletter, “The Sociology of Business”, and has earned her doctorate in sociology. Her work spans advertising agencies, brand side roles, and advising startups, focusing on fashion, luxury, and lifestyle brands while also exploring the modern aspirational economy and changes in the meaning of luxury.

Andrea Hernández
Andrea Hernández

Andrea Hernández writes Snaxshot, offering sharp takes on modern food and beverage brands. She also humorously claims to lead a cult that worships snax, enjoys making ceviche, loves martinis and castelvetrano olives, and is a friend to all dogs.

Andrew Tuck
Andrew Tuck

Andrew Tuck is the editor of Monocle magazine, a co-founder of the Monocle media brand alongside Tyler Brûlé, and a contributor to its various platforms including retail and radio. He is known for his astute commentary on urbanism and also writes a column for the Monocle Weekend Edition email newsletter. He lives in London with his partner and his dog, Macy.

Andrew Vontz
Andrew Vontz

Andrew Vontz is the creator of the Choose the Hard Way podcast and a former Strava executive. He's a communications advisor with a history of participating in endurance sports and supporting entrepreneurs, particularly through mentorship programs in Kansas City, Missouri. Now based in Maine, Andrew combines his professional expertise with personal passions for outdoor challenges and community development.

Anita Schillhorn van Veen
Anita Schillhorn van Veen

Anita Schillhorn van Veen is a strategy director with a rich background in advertising and marketing, currently part of the team at McKinney in Los Angeles. She is an avid writer with a personal newsletter and contributes insightful pieces on various topics, including marketing, culture, and lifestyle. Anita is known for her deep dives into culture and data, and she enjoys exploring fiction writing. Beyond her professional endeavors, she shares her experiences and reflections through guest posts, offering unique perspectives on life and culture.

Anna Doré
Anna Doré

Anna Doré is a communications professional at Rothy's, with a background in publicity across fashion, tech, and beauty. She focuses on storytelling and believes in the integration of art and science, particularly in transforming recycled plastics into premium products. Anna emphasizes Rothy's commitment to sustainability and its potential for lasting impact in a rapidly evolving industry.

Anna Whiteman
Anna Whiteman

Anna Whiteman is an early stage investor and cultural obsessive, currently working at Coefficient Capital where she focuses on Series A/B brand investments. She organizes the Coefficient Collective interview and event series for industry leaders and runs a female founder collective called Rad Ladies. Anna is passionate about brands that integrate art, media, cultural commentary, and product, and she enjoys motorcycle riding and speaking broken Italian.

Annie Smidt
Annie Smidt

Annie Smidt is an independent graphic designer, artist, antique ephemera dealer, and life-long music nerd. She was part of the 90s band Rockets burst from the Streetlamps, which was known for its loud, swirly sounds. Annie is deeply involved in the New England post-rock scene, celebrating its craftsmanship, community support, and indie rock values.

Ari Kuschnir
Ari Kuschnir

Ari Kuschnir is the co-founder of the production company m ss ng p eces, born and raised in Cali, Colombia. After moving to the US and attending film school, he became interested in editing and eventually co-founded his company in New York in 2005. Recently, he has been focusing on the intersection of storytelling and metaphysics, inspired by concerns for the future and the birth of his daughter. He explores 'protopian' narratives to envision and create better futures, often working with his daughter Luna on little movies that embody these themes.

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas

Armando Bellmas is the writer of the music discovery newsletter Ecléctico. In addition to curating rare African and Caribbean music, he is a passionate dad, the VP of operations at an artist residency, and enjoys exploring diverse culinary experiences.

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian is a journalist and author with Swiss, Canadian, and Iranian citizenship, known for her work on global citizenship and the passport trade. Her writing has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, and the London Review of Books. She is also the author of a notable book on the modern state of citizenship and has explored various international issues, including the impact of financial institutions on citizenship rights.

Avery Trufelman
Avery Trufelman

Avery Trufelman is a podcaster known for producing and writing the documentary show Articles of Interest, a fashion podcast that delves into the sociology, politics, and history of clothing. She has previously worked as a staff reporter for the design podcast 99% Invisible, and hosted podcasts including Nice Try! from Curbed and The Cut from New York Magazine.

Ayesha Khan
Ayesha Khan

Ayesha Khan is a Pakistani-American millennial creative director at Nike, based in Portland. She focuses on breaking down barriers between different communities and elevating marginalized groups through storytelling and creative technology, with a particular interest in issues like voting, the climate crisis, and normalizing trans athletes.

Bana Haffar
Bana Haffar

Bana Haffar is an electronic musician, field recordist, and bass player with a diverse output that includes creating music with modular synthesizers, sound design, field recording, composing graphic scores, and building community around synthesis and experimental music. She hosts a monthly radio show on dublab.

Beks Ndlovu
Beks Ndlovu

Beks Ndlovu is a Zimbabwe-based entrepreneur and conservationist, known for founding an award-winning safari and conservation company in Southern Africa. With a passion for creating authentic travel experiences that conserve Africa’s landscapes, cultures, and wildlife, he also emphasizes the significance of these actions for future generations, including his three children. Additionally, Ndlovu has a love for world travel and enjoys listening to live jazz.

Ben Dietz
Ben Dietz

Ben Dietz is a seasoned professional in the digital media space with extensive experience leading commercial partnerships, notably at VICE Media. He is the publisher of the [SIC] Weekly newsletter, co-host of the Culture Club Show on Clubhouse, and consults with media and consumer brands. With a career beginning in the music business, Ben has lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn since 1998, where he contributes to the creative community through DJing, party organizing, and writing. He also co-founded Elsewhere, showcasing his diverse interests and expertise in media, lifestyle, and culture.

Ben Joseloff
Ben Joseloff

Ben Joseloff is a senior attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, specializing in the regulatory aspects of cross-border transactions. His diverse background includes roles in all three branches of the federal government, managing programs in Afghanistan, and various experiences during his college days with Noah.

Ben Leventhal
Ben Leventhal

Ben Leventhal is the founder of Blackbird, a web3 loyalty platform for the restaurant industry, and the co-founder of Resy and Eater. Based in New York, he has a deep-seated passion for its restaurant scene and is focused on revolutionizing the way restaurants and guests connect through his work with Blackbird.

Ben Liebmann
Ben Liebmann

Ben Liebmann is a multi-hyphenate professional working as the COO of Noma and a media entrepreneur. With over twenty years of experience, he has helped develop ideas and intellectual property into brands and sustainable businesses across various industries including music, film, television, and gastronomy. Ben is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Understory, a media and production company focused on creating impactful entertainment.

Ben Young
Ben Young

Ben Young is a Kiwi entrepreneur and media thinker, founder of Nudge, a company that enhances brand engagement through digital analytics. He is recognized for analyzing how platforms, marketing strategies, and content quality intersect in the media landscape.

Bijan Shahvali
Bijan Shahvali

Bijan Shahvali, originally from Los Angeles and now based in New York City, is the founder of Intramural. Starting as an online vintage store, Intramural has expanded into a consultancy that assists brands with concept development and sourcing design references or archival pieces.

Brady M.
Brady M.

Brady M. is a WITI contributor and former Special Forces Officer (18A MOS). Alongside Chris P., a Weapons Sergeant (18B MOS), they leverage their real-life military deployments and experiences in disaster preparation advice. Focused on practical preparedness, their contributions offer insights into creating effective Go Bags and adapting to changing global circumstances, like the pandemic.

Brady Moore
Brady Moore

Brady Moore is a former Green Beret Officer and current Director of Mission Support at Cesium in Philadelphia. He has written extensively on how to apply the planning processes used in harsh environments to the business and startup sectors, translating military precision for corporate execution.

Brady and Chris
Brady and Chris

Brady and Chris are Green Beret veterans who share insights on preparedness and survival, drawing from their military experience. They emphasize the importance of being ready for emergencies, reflecting on habits formed during service such as carrying survival kits and preparing for urban vulnerabilities.

Brian Morrissey
Brian Morrissey

Brian Morrissey is the former editor of Digiday and one of the most astute commentators on digital media. He runs the newsletter The Rebooting, known for its no-nonsense approach to digital media commentary.

Brian Sholis
Brian Sholis

Brian Sholis is a Chicagoan based in Toronto, a husband, father, and autodidact with a deep passion for independent culture and community, traced back to his early interests in punk rock music and online bulletin boards. He has spent two decades as a writer, editor, museum curator, and nonprofit director in contemporary art and photography. Currently, he serves as the editorial director of Frontier, a design office in Toronto, where he runs Frontier Magazine, an ideas-focused weekly newsletter and hosts its podcast. His work advocates for fairness and creative flourishing through stories from the arts, the built environment, tech, and education.

Brooke Black
Brooke Black

Brooke Black runs global communications for Podimo, a podcast and audiobook subscription service. Formerly at Apple, she has a background in entertainment and tech PR, beginning her career in NYC music publicity. Brooke's experience spans working with Scandinavian and European artists, Warner Records, Live Nation, and developing global communications for Apple Music's Radio. She currently resides between a historic farmhouse in Denmark and Copenhagen, reflecting her international influence in the industry.

Brooks Reitz
Brooks Reitz

Brooks Reitz is a Charleston-based entrepreneur known for his impeccable taste. He is a restaurateur with three properties in Charleston, SC, and one on the way in New Orleans, the founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., and the co-founder of E.M. Reitz, a high-end women's shirting line. Brooks also publishes 'A Small and Simple Thing', a weekly newsletter that focuses on food, travel, style, and life.

Buzz Andersen
Buzz Andersen

Buzz Andersen is a prominent figure in the tech industry, with a background at major companies like Apple, Square, and Tumblr. He is known as an influential and moral voice in technology’s evolution, advocating for thoughtful engagement with tech’s impact on society. Additionally, Andersen is highly regarded for his insights on Twitter, offering well-informed commentary and discussions on various topics.

Caitlin Thompson
Caitlin Thompson

Caitlin Thompson is the co-founder of Racquet, an indie magazine about tennis known for its beautiful design and great writing. She's recommended for tennis lovers looking to subscribe to quality content.

Caroline McCarthy
Caroline McCarthy

Caroline McCarthy is a former tech journalist and Google employee, now focusing on tech policy and media criticism. Known for driving across the US, she’s a notable speaker with two TED talks to her name and writes as a columnist for Spectator USA. McCarthy embarked on a journey from NYC, becoming a pandemic nomad exploring parts unknown.

Casey Lewis
Casey Lewis

Casey Lewis is a seasoned editor and content specialist with experience at Teen Vogue, MTV, and New York Magazine's The Strategist. She founded the media company Clover Letter and now consults full-time while running the Gen Z-focused newsletter After School, a blend of tech, marketing, and retail news, and managing the Instagram account about teen magazines, @thankyouatoosa.

Caspar Yuill
Caspar Yuill

Caspar Yuill is an advertising planner, competitive powerlifter, and former bodyboarder with a fascination for diving, despite his fear of large bodies of water where the bottom isn't visible.

Cass Marketos
Cass Marketos

Cass Marketos is a writer and digital strategist based in Los Angeles, known for her work in building communities at Kickstarter, Google, and the Obama White House. She focuses on content strategy and community engagement projects, with a particular interest in environmental sustainability and composting.

Cat Hartwell
Cat Hartwell

Cat Hartwell is a climate change and public health researcher based in Seattle, WA. A recent transplant from Brooklyn, Cat developed a passion for birdwatching during the pandemic lockdown. Her journey into birding led her to take online courses through Cornell University, allowing her to dive deep into the subculture of urban birdwatchers. Now settled in Seattle, she continues to explore the local avian life, engaging in community activities like owl identification classes.

Charles Cumming
Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming is a London-based novelist and screenwriter known for his meticulous observation of geopolitical affairs. He has authored 12 spy novels, including 'The Trinity Six' and 'BOX88', and co-wrote the screenplay for the Gerard Butler action movie 'Plane'.

Charlie Warzel
Charlie Warzel

Charlie Warzel is a writer at large for the New York Times Opinion section, where he delves into the relationship between privacy and technology. His work includes columns, newsletters, and investigative projects focusing on tech, media, and politics. He also explores the impact of the internet on society, described in his own words as how the internet is 'breaking our brains'. In his personal life, Charlie is a Montana resident enjoying outdoorsy hobbies like fishing, skiing, hiking, and floating down rivers.

Charlton McIlwain
Charlton McIlwain

Charlton McIlwain is a Vice Provost and Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, and the author of 'Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter'. An influential mentor and scholar, McIlwain explores the intersections of media, culture, technology, and social justice, engaged particularly with the impact of the internet on racial justice and activism.

Chiru Mondo Murage Weinstein
Chiru Mondo Murage Weinstein

Chiru Mondo Murage Weinstein is a twin and first-generation American with Kenyan parentage, currently residing in the Upper East Side. She has a background in international relations, French, and Arabic, stemming from her childhood dream of becoming a diplomat. Though her professional journey took a different path, she ultimately found her place at Instagram.

Chris Black
Chris Black

Chris Black is a cultural commentator and omnivore with a wide range of interests, from the discerning and insider-y to mainstream pop culture. An essential follow on Twitter and a columnist for NY Mag, he co-founded Public Announcement, a New York City-based brand consultancy and media company. He writes for The Strategist, GQ, W Magazine, and Architectural Digest, and co-hosts the 'How Long Gone' podcast.

Chris Bolman
Chris Bolman

Chris Bolman is the founder of Brightest, a platform designed to support organizations in enhancing their social impact and sustainability efforts. He has a diverse background spanning data, technology, renewable energy, and even film. Chris is known for his wide-ranging interests, including music, outdoor activities, and volunteering. He resides in Brooklyn with his partner, Roxane.

Chris Erickson
Chris Erickson

Chris Erickson is a friend and early supporter of WITI, a United States Army Special Forces (aka Green Beret) veteran, a professional digital marketer, and an amateur creative interested in historical and cultural preservation, as demonstrated through his writings on the restoration of Notre Dame's iconic features.

Chris Moon
Chris Moon

Chris Moon is a serial hobbyist based in San Francisco, known for his diverse interests ranging from electronics and antique restoration to culinary arts. He also delves into the world of electric guitar effects pedals, exploring their history, impact on different music genres, and the rising trend of boutique manufacturers.

Chris Papasadero
Chris Papasadero

Chris Papasadero is a former Green Beret, writer, and Chief Commercial Officer for a commercial intelligence company. He co-authored one of WITI's most popular articles, The Go Bag Edition. Chris also runs a newsletter called Ooda Soup, which translates military ideas for the entertainment and creative industries. With a background in clandestine military operations, he now lives in NYC and focuses on fiction writing alongside his tech career.

Chris Wallace
Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace is a writer and photographer who transitioned from magazine editor to authoring a book on the late artist Peter Beard. His work involves extensive travel and research, combining his writing and photography to capture compelling narratives, including covering travel topics for WITI. Wallace's book on Peter Beard explores the complex identity and legacy of the controversial figure, providing an introspective view on image-making and personal mythos.

Christine Kakaire
Christine Kakaire

Christine Kakaire is a Berlin-based, Ugandan-Australian music and culture journalist, critic, teacher, and editor. She specializes in areas where Black critical and feminist thought, nightlife subcultures, popular music, and cultural anthropology converge. Christine is the force behind the Black Creative Database, writes an editorial column for a renowned Berlin nightclub, and is passionate about skincare and handmade bodycare products.

Christine Merrill
Christine Merrill

Christine Amorose Merrill is a tech professional at Spotify and a passionate travel writer and book lover. Residing in San Diego with her family and pets, she shares her extensive travel experiences and lifestyle tips through her blog C'est Christine and social media.

Chuck Welch
Chuck Welch

Chuck Welch is a creative strategist and problem solver with over 20 years of experience. He runs the brand strategy consultancy, Rupture, working across music, fashion, entertainment, and various agencies. Welch has developed strategic business solutions for major brands like HBO, Coca-Cola, Nike, Pixar, Target, Budweiser, Samsung, LVMH, and PepsiCo.

Claire Mazur, Erica Cerulo
Claire Mazur, Erica Cerulo

Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo are co-founders of Of a Kind, a platform that promoted limited run objects by interesting designers. They are also co-creators of the A Thing or Two newsletter and podcast, where they share a wide range of interests from books to recipes. Additionally, they consult on brand and content for companies they admire. Having started their business in 2010 after meeting in college in 2002, they bring a wealth of experience in combining content and commerce. They are authors of the book 'Work Wife,' exploring the power of female friendships in business.

Clayton Chambers
Clayton Chambers

Clayton Chambers is a writer and brand strategist based in the United States, known for his expertise in menswear. He runs a newsletter called Sprezza, focusing on clothing, style, brand and product reviews, and the retail industry. Outside of his professional life, he enjoys nature, European football, and traveling with his family.

Clémence Polès
Clémence Polès

Clémence Polès is a creative, writer, and curator based in New York. She's the force behind the online magazine Passerbuys, focusing on profiles and recommendations from various voices. Additionally, she co-runs a film festival dedicated to celebrating work by women filmmakers. Raised in Nice and Dubai, her multicultural background informs her work across various creative fields.

Cody Min
Cody Min

Cody Min is an NYC-based creative and investor known for his brand and identity work in the DTC space. He runs Astronaut Monastery, a creative studio, and serves as a venture partner with Riverside Ventures. Cody lives in Tribeca with his wife Lydia and is actively involved in his local church. He values deep dives into topics without pre-digested views, endorsing Maxwell Anderson's The Weekend Reader for its insightful perspectives.

Colin Nagy
Colin Nagy

Colin Nagy is a strategy and global marketing executive at Instagram. He has been writing about luxury, hospitality and innovation in his Skift column, and currently hosts the Skift Ideas podcast where he speaks to the most thoughtful voices in hospitality. He is an advisor and investor to early stage startups, and also writes for Monocle, New York Magazine, Courier and other publications around the world.

Connie Matisse
Connie Matisse

Connie Matisse is the CEO of East Fork, a manufacturing company originally known for its pottery. She lives in Flat Rock, North Carolina, and works closely with her husband, Alex Matisse, the Founder and Chairman of the Board of East Fork. Connie comes from Los Angeles and expresses a deep connection to her roots despite living across the country.

Corinna Williams
Corinna Williams

Corinna Williams, together with her sister Theresa, is a German-born entrepreneur and co-founder of Celsious, a Brooklyn-based laundromat known for its mission to provide a cleaner and more sustainable laundry experience. They advocate for environmentally friendly practices through their business and a line of 100% biodegradable garment care products.

Craig Mod
Craig Mod

Craig Mod is a writer and photographer focusing on long walks in Japan, authoring books such as 'Kissa by Kissa'. He has a background in computer science and fine arts, with a career encompassing roles from data visualization specialist to indie press art director. Presently, he runs a membership program supporting his extensive explorations and documentation of the Japanese countryside, its people, and culture.

Daisy Alioto
Daisy Alioto

Daisy Alioto is the cofounder and CEO of Dirt. With a background in audience development for media brands like Wallpaper* magazine, The New York Review of Books, and Air Mail, as well as a stint at HODINKEE, Daisy brings a diverse wealth of knowledge to her role. She is also a writer with a keen interest in the concept of lifestyle, reflecting her varied experiences and insights. Daisy grew up in New England and now resides between Peekskill and Brooklyn with her husband Ben.

Dan Frommer
Dan Frommer

Dan Frommer is a longstanding friend of WITI and the creator of The New Consumer, an essential business newsletter, and Points Party, a newsletter about credit cards and travel points. He has a wonderful taste in cities and restaurants.

Dania Shihab
Dania Shihab

Dania Shihab is an emergency doctor based in Tasmania and a creative entrepreneur in Barcelona. She splits her time between practicing as a locum doctor in remote Australian areas and managing her creative venture, Paralaxe Editions, where she focuses on producing limited-edition objects, experimental music shows, and hosting a monthly radio show. Born in Baghdad and raised in Tasmania, Shihab's work spans the medical field and the creative arts, making her contributions uniquely impactful across continents.

Daniel Giacopelli
Daniel Giacopelli

Daniel Giacopelli, Editor-at-Large for Courier, is a seasoned journalist with a rich background in business podcasting and editorial roles. Originally from Long Island, Daniel spent over a decade in London before relocating to Los Angeles. His work focuses on inspiring people to live life on their own terms, through various mediums including print magazines, coffee table books, and email newsletters.

Daniel Oberhaus
Daniel Oberhaus

Daniel Oberhaus is a staff writer at Wired magazine, specializing in space exploration and the future of energy. He is the author of 'Extraterrestrial Languages', a book exploring the art and science of interstellar communication. Additionally, Oberhaus writes about AI and mental health, contributing insights and in-depth analysis on these topics.

Daniela Elbahara
Daniela Elbahara

Daniela Elbahara is a Fulbright scholar, gallery owner, and entrepreneur based in Mexico City. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, she has founded and directed the Yautepec Gallery, the Material Art Fair Mexico, the Daniela Elbahara (Gallery), and The League Mx, a hip-hop music label for emerging artists. Her most recent project is Salon Cosa, a contemporary art gathering co-founded with Mexico's top design curator Mario Ballesteros.

Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg

Danielle Nierenberg, founder of Food Tank, a think tank focused on offering sustainable solutions to issues in the global food system including hunger, obesity, and poverty. She highlights stories of hope and success within the food system and is passionate about creating meaningful connections and sharing information to address global food system challenges. Her work enriches discussions around food with insights from a diverse range of experts including farmers, celebrity chefs, and economists.

Danya Issawi
Danya Issawi

Danya Issawi is a writer at New York Magazine and The Cut, focusing on fashion, culture, and the Zeitgeist. She has previously contributed to the New York Times, notably in the Style section and on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Coronavirus tracking team. Currently, she is also working on a novel manuscript.

Dave Kienzler
Dave Kienzler

Dave Kienzler is a lawyer specializing in natural resources for sustainable development, human rights, and socially responsible investing. He has served as a legal advisor in the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and the Government of Malawi, focusing on the development of their oil and mineral sectors.

David Cho
David Cho

David Cho is a versatile individual with a career spanning media, creative direction, and entrepreneurship. He's worked with Connected Ventures, IAC, and founded The Awl Network, The Wirecutter, and was the founding publisher of Grantland. David also contributed to ESPN/Disney and FiveThirtyEight, and was a consulting producer for the documentary series 30 for 30.

David Marx
David Marx

W. David Marx is a longstanding friend of WITI and an expert on Japanese culture based in Tokyo. He has contributed insights into the cultural history of Japanese fashion magazines and is the author of the book 'Ametora,' which explores how Japan saved American style.

David Michon
David Michon

David Michon is the writer behind FOR SCALE, covering intriguing and thoughtful topics with a unique lens. Raised in Winnipeg, David often explores themes of belonging, representation, and the nuances of lesser-known places, bringing depth and appreciation to the 'Not Obvious' cities of the world.

David Moltz
David Moltz

David Moltz is the co-founder of DS&DURGA, a notable fragrance brand. He's also involved in music with Hiko Men, writes poems, and draws, showcasing a multifaceted approach to creative expression.

Debbie Millman
Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman is a multifaceted professional involved in various aspects of the design and branding industry. She is a writer, designer, educator, artist, brand consultant, and co-founder and Chair of the world's first Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts. Millman is also the co-owner and Editorial Director of PrintMag.com, host of the long-running podcast Design Matters, which is part of the TED Audio Collective, and the author of six books with her latest titled 'Why Design Matters.' A native New Yorker, she is married to author Roxane Gay.

Delia Cai
Delia Cai

Delia Cai is the writer behind the essential Deez Links newsletter, known for her wide-ranging tastes in media. She shares her experience of growing up in a small town within a strict immigrant home, which fueled her desire for contact with the 'real world' and eventually led her to embrace writing through platforms like Quizilla, fanfiction.com, and WordPress.

Derrick Gee
Derrick Gee

Derrick Gee is an Australian content creator of Chinese descent, based in Sydney, with a strong online presence across platforms like TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Substack, where he discusses music and culture. Having worked in London and New York, Gee brings a unique, global perspective to his work. Despite considering himself a private person, he has successfully tapped into the content creation realm, becoming well-known for his conversations on audiophile topics, DJing, podcasting, and writing.

Drew Austin
Drew Austin

Drew Austin is a writer and urban planner based in Brooklyn, known for his newsletter 'Kneeling Bus' that explores the intersection of technology and culture. He is recognized for offering unique perspectives that challenge conventional thinking. Additionally, Drew contributes longer essays on Real Life and other outlets and shares his thoughts on Twitter. His work delves into diverse topics, including the cultural phenomenon of speedrunning and the evolving definition of shitposting.

Edith Zimmerman
Edith Zimmerman

Edith Zimmerman is a writer and illustrator known for running the comics section Spiralbound and illustrating the sobriety newsletter The Small Bow. She was the founding editor of The Hairpin and publishes the personal comics newsletter Drawing Links, which features stories from her life alongside other content. Zimmerman has also contributed to The Cut and Why Is This Interesting, sharing her insights on subjects like sea silk and shark painting.

Eliz Mizon
Eliz Mizon

Eliz Mizon is a UK-based writer, media reform activist, and documentary enthusiast. With a focus on the impact of documentaries on societal change, she explores significant instances where documentaries have influenced real-world events and discussions. Eliz is also known for her research into media reform, advocating for changes in how information is produced and consumed.

Elizabeth Selby
Elizabeth Selby

Elizabeth Selby is the Global Director of Publishing Innovation at Netflix with an extensive career spanning across advertising, gaming, travel, and entertainment. Raised as a Third Culture Kid, she has lived in numerous cities around the world, bringing a rich perspective to her work that centers on the intersection of digital innovation, content, and storytelling. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she is passionate about marine conservation, wakeboarding, and wake surfing.

Elliot Aronow
Elliot Aronow

Elliot Aronow is a producer and editor focused on helping creatively and professionally stifled men overcome their blocks to unlock their minor genius. He runs the minor genius substack and offers one-on-one assistance through minorgenius.xyz.

Elliott Walker
Elliott Walker

Elliott Walker is a creative director and co-founder of Otherward, a brand design agency in New York. He contributes to WITI about design, sharing insights on topics like the history and significance of the printed matchbook among other things.

Emanuel Derman
Emanuel Derman

Emanuel Derman is a former theoretical physicist and a figure in quantitative finance, having shifted from physics to a career on Wall Street. He is known for his work on financial models, particularly in valuing options and assessing volatility. Derman grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, completed his PhD in physics at Columbia University, and has written extensively, including his memoir 'My Life As A Quant'. Besides his professional contributions, he has also written various editions for 'Why is this interesting?' on diverse topics ranging from being foreign, volatility, to personal hobbies like watercolor painting.

Emily Sundberg
Emily Sundberg

Emily Sundberg writes an essential daily business newsletter, Feed Me, covering broad topics within the business world.

Eric Matthies
Eric Matthies

Eric Matthies is a versatile director, producer, and consultant known for his work across numerous genres including large-scale installations, major motion pictures, broadcast specials, web series, multi-platform content packages, site-based VR, world-building R&D, live events, and traditional documentaries. Outside of his extensive portfolio in media production, Matthies actively engages in advocating for press freedom and media literacy, exploring the citizen’s role in journalism and addressing issues of information disorder in today's media climate.

Erin Allweiss
Erin Allweiss

Erin Allweiss, a DC native and co-founder of No. 29, straddles the worlds of brands, social business, and advocacy, centering her work on sustainable and socially responsible initiatives. With a deep connection to New Orleans, she's known for her insights into the city alongside her efforts to promote environmental and social justice through strategic media relations and storytelling.

Erin Hoagg
Erin Hoagg

Erin Hoagg, also known as Rare DM, is a solo musician and electronic producer based in Brooklyn, NY, known for her work with darker analog sounds and utilization of analog synths. She grew up with a fine arts background, attended FIT for fashion design, and began her music career after being inspired by finding a Casio CZ 5000. Erin has also fostered kittens and enjoys cycling and making TikTok content. This year, she scored an Icelandic witch film and created a music video.

Erin Kapor
Erin Kapor

Erin Kapor is a creative working across business, music, and art, with a current focus on making art through her own projects and studies at CalArts. Her work explores the use of documentary strategies to produce installations, fragrances, and photographs, often using sensory elements to examine themes of loss, anxiety, and femme introspection.

Esha Chhabra
Esha Chhabra

Esha Chhabra is a journalist and writer with a focus on sustainability, mission-driven companies, and social impact. With over a decade of experience, she is releasing her first book, 'Working to Restore,' which chronicles the stories of companies creating environmental and social impact. Additionally, she collaborates with the No. 29 team on the Enough podcast.

Eugene Kan
Eugene Kan

Eugene Kan is a former editorial director of Hypebeast and co-founder of Maekan, a media company. Known for his admirable taste, he is based in Hong Kong and contributes his unique perspective to WITI.

Eurof Uppington
Eurof Uppington

Eurof Uppington is a former hedge fund manager turned olive oil merchant, focusing on sourcing olive oil from family farmers in Greece for restaurants in Switzerland and France. He is the founder of Amfora Sarl, based in Geneva, and contributes insights on the global olive oil industry, emphasizing quality, sustainability, and the challenges of modern agriculture.

Felix Salmon
Felix Salmon

Felix Salmon is a frequent contributor to WITI, known for his insightful pieces on subjects ranging from the Sackler family and philanthropy to auction records and the art world. Regularly writing for Axios, Felix also curates the Axios Edge, a business and finance email newsletter. His work spans a range of topics including art, finance, and culinary commentary, demonstrating his diverse interests and extensive knowledge in each area.

Felix Smith
Felix Smith

Felix Smith provides insights on current cultural trends, touching on topics like top-grossing movies, musical acts, and even shifts in popular events like Burning Man. His commentary offers a glimpse into the interplay between popular culture and societal behaviors.

Fern Diaz
Fern Diaz

Fern Diaz is a multifaceted professional with experience in publishing, strategy, and is the co-founder of the theater incubator softFocus. Known for her knack for connecting people, Fern has continuously engaged in captivating projects.

Foster Kamer
Foster Kamer

Foster Kamer is a seasoned writer-editor with a broad palate for topics, ranging from the nuances of NYC politics to the finer points of cuisine. An established figure in the mid-2000s NYC media and creative scene, he has contributed across various platforms including major newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Lately, he's also engaged in blogging through his newsletter FOSTERTALK, exploring a mix of media commentary and deep cultural insights. His work reflects a keen ability to dissect and discuss a wide array of subjects with humor and depth.

Gabe Brosbe
Gabe Brosbe

Gabe Brosbe is an enterprise software startup seller with a cultural omnivorous streak. He enjoys exploring music, art, and food in New York and beyond. Known for his humor, Gabe also delves into culinary adventures internationally, sharing his experiences through writing. Additionally, he has a particular interest in skateboard culture and iconic California brands.

Geoff Rickly
Geoff Rickly

Geoff Rickly is the lead singer of Thursday, No Devotion, and United Nations, based in Brooklyn, New York. He has also authored his first novel, 'Someone Who Isn't Me', published in August 2023.

Gianfranco Chicco
Gianfranco Chicco

Gianfranco Chicco is a conference director, marketing strategist, and writer known for creating experiences that foster community by combining digital and physical interactions. A Japanophile at heart, he curates The Craftsman Newsletter, seeking wisdom from Japanese craftsmen to inform modern living and working practices. His work is rooted in the belief that we can learn valuable lessons from traditional crafts to improve our digital lives.

Graydon Gordian
Graydon Gordian

Graydon Gordian is a versatile writer with contributions focusing on diverse topics from wine, jazz, and the NBA, to more nuanced subjects like the intricacies of the wine market. Based in Atlanta, GA, he is also the Head of Marketing at Fractal Software and a creative force in the digital advertising space, often collaborating with fellow contributors on a wide array of projects.

Guan Yang
Guan Yang

Guan Yang is a data scientist based in New York who is passionate about technology, history, and financial data. Guan has contributed several insightful editions for WITI, covering topics from ancient Venice's Dogal Elections to the intricacies of IBM's System/360 mainframe computers. He enjoys exploring how global fast-food chains adapt their menus locally and has a particular fondness for Cash App's financial services and IBM’s POWER instruction set. Guan's diverse interests and expertise make his contributions uniquely informative and varied.

Guillaume Heuguet
Guillaume Heuguet

Guillaume Heuguet is a Paris-based DJ, writer, label owner, academic, and founder of the music label In Paradisum. With a career spanning over 17 years, Heuguet has ventured into artistic direction, touring, events, and record production. His work led him to complete a PhD focused on how music influences technologies, specifically analyzing YouTube. Heuguet has also engaged in researching and teaching media studies, started a journal of critical essays about music, and participated in social movements. Currently, he divides his time between editing books and teaching art and theory at Les Beaux Arts (ESACM) in Clermont Ferrand.

Hamish Smyth
Hamish Smyth

Hamish Smyth is a graphic designer and co-founder of three companies: Standards Manual, a publishing imprint; Order, a design studio; and Standards, a tool for designers to build and publish online brand guidelines. Originally from a small town in Australia, Smyth attributes his strong work ethic to his high school job at McDonalds.

Harper Reed
Harper Reed

Harper Reed is a technologist and entrepreneur based in Chicago, Illinois. With a history of significant roles such as CTO for Threadless, the Barack Obama 2012 Reelection campaign, and CEO of Modest, Inc., Reed's expertise spans internet technologies and company building. He currently serves as the CEO of General Galactic Corporation, focusing on the future of communication technology.

Harry Jameson
Harry Jameson

Harry Jameson is a global fitness and wellness expert, known for working with high-profile clients including UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He's a trainer, performance coach, and wellness entrepreneur with a rich background in coaching successful and high-performing individuals. Jameson is also the co-founder of two startups in the FMCG and hospitality sectors and runs his consultancy in health and well-being. He's additionally a public speaker, father, husband, global traveler, proud Londoner, and sports fanatic.

Hashem Bajwa
Hashem Bajwa

Hashem Bajwa is a longstanding friend (and reader) of WITI, known for being clued in with interesting things. He helps founders and executives with a founder mindset bring their vision to life through new creative experiences, products, or programs. He can be found at @Hash on Twitter and hashembajwa.com.

I.S. Berry
I.S. Berry

I.S. Berry is an author, former CIA case officer, and lawyer. She has extensive experience in espionage and national security, having served in wartime Baghdad and lived throughout Europe and the Middle East. Berry has channeled her experiences into writing, notably authoring the thriller 'The Peacock and the Sparrow.' Her works explore themes of espionage, love, and revolution, drawing on her profound personal and professional experiences.

Ian Greenleigh
Ian Greenleigh

Ian Greenleigh is an Austin-based writer who leads growth and brand at Postlight and brand and communications at 1E. He explores diverse topics ranging from the endangerment of languages and cultural traditions to the socioeconomic implications of luxury car number plates in Armenia and the unique geographic interest in multipoints where boundaries converge.

Ilana Berry
Ilana Berry

Ilana Berry, also known as I.S. Berry, is an author and former CIA operations officer. Her debut spy novel, 'The Peacock and the Sparrow', has received critical acclaim including a nomination for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Berry is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Haverford College.

Isabelle Levant
Isabelle Levant

Isabelle Levant is a senior at Stanford studying Symbolic Systems with a focus on human-centered AI. She has a background in tech and startups, including AI ethics research and leading a working group on the impact of generative AI on creative fields. Additionally, she has directed and produced short films, with a notable documentary on minimalism in Gen Z premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Levant is also exploring how generative AI is reshaping culture through an interview series and recently started as a product intern at Evvy. She values storytelling and considers museums sacred spaces.

JR Hildebrand
JR Hildebrand

JR Hildebrand is a professional racing driver with a notable record of competing in over ten consecutive Indianapolis 500s. Besides racing, he contributes his expertise as an adjunct lecturer for the REVS Program at Stanford University, focusing on the intersection of motorsports and autonomous vehicle technology. Hildebrand has also shared his insights through writing, including pieces on virtual racing and racing safety.

Jai Dattani
Jai Dattani

Jai Dattani, with a background deeply rooted in a passion for media, has diversified experience ranging from TV production and Entertainment PR to leading Consumer PR for Netflix across several regions. Currently at Canva, Jai has also contributed to launching Netflix in Australia and New Zealand. Raised in North London, his early love for media shaped a career that has taken him around the globe, from Sydney to Amsterdam, engaging with press and influencers and showcasing his ability to navigate the dynamic worlds of words, pictures, and videos.

James Bridle
James Bridle

James Bridle is a writer, artist, and technologist known for exploring the social and cultural implications of new technologies. They are the author of 'New Dark Age' and 'Ways of Being', focusing on topics like artificial intelligence, the internet, and the intersection with the environment and climate change. Bridle's work offers a critical view on how technology shapes society and the planet.

James Cham
James Cham

James Cham is a partner at Bloomberg Beta with a background in programming and a focus on investing in software companies, particularly those related to the future of work, AI, and data businesses. Originally from the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles, he now lives in Palo Alto.

James Cooper
James Cooper

James Cooper is the former head of creative at Betaworks, linking brands to startup innovations. He's a dedicated music enthusiast, particularly for DJ culture, highlighted by his admiration for Andrew Weatherall.

James Friedman
James Friedman

James Friedman is an award-winning strategist and longtime DJ, known for his record label Throne of Blood, which introduced global dance floors to artists like Daniel Avery and Bicep. He has also contributed insights into the evolution of DJing, noting the shift from traditional methods to digital technologies which have transformed DJing into a more accessible and versatile art form.

James Gross
James Gross

James Gross, based in New York since 2007, is an entrepreneur having started two companies with Noah (NRB). An avid surfer, reader, and runner, he is a major advocate for micromobility, promoting lighter, human and electric-powered vehicles as alternatives for short-distance travel. James is also behind Micromobility Europe, an event that champions this movement in Berlin.

James Jung
James Jung

James Jung is a content director, strategist in the web3 space, journalist, fiction writer, and amateur bike racer. His work spans covering the nuanced details of cyclocross, personal cycling adventures, and the lifestyle of remote, exotic locales. His fiction has been published in Narrative and The Southern Review, and he's also shared insights into web3 and the joys of cyclocross for WITI. Previously living in Switzerland for two years, he now resides in Manhattan.

Jamin Warren
Jamin Warren

Jamin Warren is a former culture reporter at the Wall Street Journal and an entrepreneur. He was one of the first journalists to recognize the significant cultural impact of video games. Warren founded Killscreen, a magazine and website that blends video game culture with mainstream arts and entertainment, also contributing to the recognition of video games as a legitimate form of cultural expression.

Jann Schwarz
Jann Schwarz

Jann Schwarz is a friend of WITI, originally from Engadine Valley, Switzerland. He leads The B2B Institute at LinkedIn, focusing on innovative creative work to boost company growth. Beyond his professional endeavors, Jann is recognized for his deep appreciation for travel, reading, connecting people, and his expertise in bandanas and vintage items, making him a unique and vibrant contributor to WITI.

Jared Flint
Jared Flint

Jared Flint is based in Hong Kong where he focuses on brand strategy, partnerships, and events for a large French luxury group. His eclectic background includes stints as a high school teacher, professional Arena League football player, bartender, and editor at NYLON magazine. He has also written for prestigious outlets like Men.Style.com, Monocle, V, and W. Jared enjoys reading, watching films, playing basketball/tennis, and hanging out in airports.

Jasmine Bina
Jasmine Bina

Jasmine Bina is the founder of the brand strategy agency Concept Bureau, host of the Unseen Unknown podcast, and publisher of the Concept Bureau Insights newsletter. She specializes in applying a deep understanding of why the world works the way it does to brand strategy, focusing on cultivating optimism as a key advantage in work and life.

Jason Angel
Jason Angel

Jason Angel is a US Army Special Forces veteran with experience in the tech industry, currently working at the University of Massachusetts Lowell coordinating government-funded research initiatives and collaborative projects with the industry. Known for his insatiable curiosity, he enjoys being constantly exposed to new ideas and challenges.

Jason Boog
Jason Boog

Jason Boog is the editorial lead at Fable, a social reading platform for book clubs. He has authored 'The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today' and contributed to WITI. Additionally, he has held roles as the West Coast correspondent for Publishers Weekly and publishing editor at Mediabistro.

Jason Charles
Jason Charles

Jason Charles runs Vinca Minor winery in California, focusing on organic farming and California's viticultural history. He began his journey in the wine industry after early experiences in street photography and working in restaurants across Barcelona, Mexico City, and New York City. Settling in Northern California in 2009 with his wife Em, he founded Vinca Minor Wine in 2013. Recently, he introduced a new brand, Moonland, to adapt to challenges such as the 2020 fires, working with apples, pears, and grapes from historic properties, emphasizing hybrid fermentations and the dialogue of terroir.

Jason Stewart
Jason Stewart

Jason Stewart, also known as Them Jeans, is a multifaceted creative from Los Angeles, known for co-hosting the entertaining podcast 'How Long Gone' with Chris Black. With a background in DJing, event production, and brand ideation, Jason now focuses on podcast production and hosting. In addition to his podcast work, he is developing a new line of canned coffee called 'Mudd' and planning live shows. Raised in Southern California, he resides in Glendale and enjoys music, food, graffiti, and cycling.

Jeff Hughes
Jeff Hughes

Jeff Hughes is the writer behind DaBearsBlog, with a focus on football, musicals, movie musicals, and movies. He also shares his insights on golf and engages directly in discussions about the film and golfing world. Jeff brings a unique blend of sports and arts commentary to his audience.

Jenni Dawes
Jenni Dawes

Jenni Dawes is a Paris-based writer, strategist, and coach with a notable passion for exploring the world. Originally from Australia, she has spent over a decade living abroad, including five years in New York and settling in Paris. She is recognized not only for her writing but also for her strategic and coaching skills. Jenni is a friend of WITI and has contributed by narrating an audio version of the MMD.

Jeralyn Gerba
Jeralyn Gerba

Jeralyn Gerba is a co-founder of Fathom, a travel business comprising an editorial website, custom content agency, trip planning concierge, and a book series focused on joyful and thoughtful travel. With a background as an editor at the now-defunct DailyCandy, Gerba has a passion for discovering and showcasing unique experiences and destinations, often encouraging a path less trodden.

Jessica Graves
Jessica Graves

Jessica Graves is a fashion technology advisor and movement artist with expertise in developing algorithmic products. With a luxury background that includes fashion design at Oscar de la Renta and data science at Ralph Lauren, she has also consulted for clients like Burberry and G-Star. Her research background is with the University of Chicago & Fast Forward Labs.

Joanne McNeil
Joanne McNeil

Joanne McNeil is a writer and essayist with a keen interest in digital culture and the internet's impact on society. She is the author of the book 'Lurking: How a Person Became a User,' where she explores the evolution of online identity and the trade-offs users make to navigate the digital world. McNeil also runs the newsletter All My Stars, sharing insights on various aspects of technology and digital life.

John Jansen
John Jansen

John Jansen is a seasoned professional with thirty-six years of experience in fixed income trading and selling. An avid reader of US history, he has read bios of every US president from Washington to Nixon and shares his insights online. Additionally, Jansen is a member of the New York Historical Society and contributes historical perspectives on figures like Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, including their impact on modern banking.

John LePore
John LePore

John LePore is a creative consultant with a focus on designing the future for film, technology, and automotive industries.

John Peabody
John Peabody

John Peabody is a creative strategist at The Atlantic, freelance writer, and the publisher of the Hand & Eye blog and weekly newsletter. With a varied interest in the Dutch tradition of 'Dropping', survival solo experiences, guitar playing, and reggae music archival, he brings a diverse perspective to his writing and creative strategy work. John also serves as the Director of Branded Content at Gear Patrol.

Joseph Dana
Joseph Dana

Joseph Dana is a longstanding friend of WITI and a South Africa-based writer with experience as the senior editor at Exponential View. He also formerly edited the opinion pages at The National in Abu Dhabi, served as Monocle's Eastern Mediterranean correspondent and Istanbul bureau chief, and writes about topics ranging from Cape Town's landscape and social issues to global political shifts and the psychedelic scene. He encourages readers to explore intricate global matters through his newsletter, “Both/And”.

Josh Reich
Josh Reich

Josh Reich is a med school dropout, former CEO of the online bank, Simple, and former goat and cattle farmer. After spending 17 years in America, he moved back to Australia, where he lives with his wife and two toddlers. Reich engages in electrical and mechanical engineering projects in his free time.

Juno DeMelo
Juno DeMelo

Juno DeMelo is a seasoned journalist and writer who has transitioned from roles such as proofreader, copy editor, and editor, to a writer contributing to prestigious outlets like The New York Times and The New Yorker. Starting her career in the world of magazines, she has found a diverse path that includes writing for both traditional media and brand content. Based in Portland, Oregon, Juno balances her professional life with being a volunteer, runner, baker, and a mother. She brings a rich experience and a unique perspective to her work, illustrating her journey from the foundational levels of journalism to becoming a prominent voice in the field.

Justin Kalifowitz
Justin Kalifowitz

Justin Kalifowitz is the founder and CEO of Downtown Music Holdings, an integrated global music company based in New York City. He has a deep passion for music, urbanism, and exploring cities worldwide. Justin's work focuses on developing a more innovative and equitable music ecosystem and he is known for his contributions to the music industry, including representing the rights to John Prine's music publishing catalog.

KJ Sidberry
KJ Sidberry

KJ Sidberry is an investor at Forerunner Ventures, focusing on the intersection of commerce and culture with a specific lens on the human condition. With a background in management consulting, his expertise lies in understanding consumer motivations and needs. Recently relocated back to New York from California, he's now exploring Williamsburg and contributes insights from the perspective of a smart founder and investor, particularly within the Lean Luxe Slack community.

Kaitlin Phillips
Kaitlin Phillips

Kaitlin Phillips, based in NYC, is known for her critical views on arts and culture coverage, particularly opposing the tyranny of the news peg. She has a strong presence on Twitter and frequents Lucien. Although often mistaken as a writer, she identifies more strongly with her role as a publicist, enjoying the social aspects of the literary world without the burdens of writing.

Katie Welch
Katie Welch

Katie Welch is a seasoned professional in the beauty industry, currently serving as the CMO of Rare Beauty, Selena Gomez's beauty brand. With a rich background including roles as GM of Honest Beauty and CMO of Hourglass Cosmetics, Katie combines her expertise in beauty with a passion for career coaching and mentoring on TikTok. A Midwesterner turned Hermosa Beach local, she embraces new experiences, from dog rescuing to surfing, all while maintaining a keen interest in trends and emerging consumer behaviors.

Katrina Craigwell
Katrina Craigwell

Katrina Craigwell is an NYC-based marketer with a rich background in media, financial services, and tech. Originating from Canada, she's a big traveler, steak and martini enthusiast, and an avid streaming TV watcher. Katrina is known for her versatility in exploring various industries throughout her career.

Kavi Moltz
Kavi Moltz

Kavi Moltz, co-founder of the fragrance company D.S. & DURGA, started the brand over 10 years ago with her husband, David Seth Moltz. Before entering the world of fragrances, Kavi was a practicing architect with a creative and practical art school background from SCI-Arc. In the partnership, she focuses on the visual aspects and design of the brand, bringing her architectural eye to D.S. & DURGA’s aesthetic and storytelling.

Keith O'Brien
Keith O'Brien

Keith O'Brien works in marketing and content strategy, and is involved with a biotech startup. He has a background in writing and shares his insights on assorted topics via his personal website and newsletter, God Damn Honey.

Kelly Berold
Kelly Berold

Kelly Berold, based in Cape Town, is a strategist, project lead, and writer-editor with a background in PR, publishing, and news. Currently a partner at Studio Collective, she co-leads brand strategy and occasionally engages in writing and research for policy organizations. Originally from South Africa, she has lived in Paris and New York for studies before returning to Cape Town. Berold is known for her broad involvement across various media sectors and for her adaptable career trajectory.

Kelsey Keith
Kelsey Keith

Kelsey Keith is the Brand Creative Director for Herman Miller, heavily involved in various aspects of design and branding including campaigns, exhibitions, magazines, and product launches. Previously, she served as Editor-in-Chief at Curbed and had leadership roles at Dwell magazine among other design- and architecture-focused publications. Kelsey is also an active writer, publishing a monthly newsletter on Substack, contributing to design books for Phaidon, and working on turning a historical project into another book.

Ken Springer
Ken Springer

Ken Springer is a retired professor of education and the author of the Substack newsletter Statisfied, where he explores a range of topics including fitness supplements and the impact of creatine on muscle development and performance.

Kevin Allison
Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison is the founder and president of Minerva Technology Policy Advisors, specializing in helping organizations navigate the geopolitics of AI. A former journalist with experience at Reuters and the Financial Times, he's based in Washington, DC, and has a long history with WITI.

Kevin Arnovitz
Kevin Arnovitz

Kevin Arnovitz is a renowned NBA reporter and contributor at ESPN, known for his insightful coverage of the league and its developments. With over a decade of experience, he has shifted his focus from regular game reporting to in-depth features on topics ranging from NBA’s international tensions to internal scandals, showcasing his versatility as a journalist. Beyond sports, Arnovitz is also known for hosting a Top Chef podcast, 'Pack Your Knives', and has a diverse background including working for public radio, writing for teen television, and even selling beer at sporting events. He resides in Los Angeles.

Kevin Maguire
Kevin Maguire

Kevin Maguire has over 20 years of experience in brand strategy, including a near-decade at Google. He is the founder of Quickhatch, a consultancy aiming to help brands innovate quicker, and runs The New Fatherhood, a newsletter on modern fatherhood. Kevin also comments on leadership through a variety of lenses, including sports and technology, and has a profound interest in how the pandemic has altered workplace communication.

Kurt Slanaker
Kurt Slanaker

Kurt Slanaker is a connector in the tech and members-only hospitality industries, with extensive experience in building communities and business strategies in LA, DC, NYC, and digitally. He has a passion for surfing, art, sports, and notably, has earned his Eagle Scout Award. Following a significant life change in 2020, Kurt is now primarily focused on fatherhood, sharing his interests with his son Dylan.

Kyle Chayka
Kyle Chayka

Kyle Chayka is a journalist and author known for coining the term “Airspace” to describe homogeneous modern spaces across global cities. He writes the "Infinite Scroll" column for The New Yorker, covering digital culture, and is working on his second book, "Filterworld," about the impact of algorithmic feeds on culture. Kyle has contributed to a variety of publications, including The New Republic, Vox, and New York Times Magazine, and has published a book on minimalism titled "The Longing for Less." Additionally, he co-founded Study Hall, a community for journalists, and Dirt, a newsletter evolving into a web3 media company. He resides in Washington, DC, with his partner and their dog.

Lance Martin
Lance Martin

Lance Martin has spent the past decade applying machine learning to microbial genomes, ridesharing, and robots. He’s currently the computer vision lead at Ike working on self-driving trucks. Lance shares his insights on Medium and is active on Twitter with a 'zombie' handle.

Lane Florsheim
Lane Florsheim

Lane Florsheim is a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal Magazine online, known for her work on the 'My Monday Morning' column where she interviews individuals about their routines and how they start their weeks. She covers a variety of lifestyle topics, including unique profiles and pieces on items like sexy air conditioners. Lane is based in Milwaukee but has ties to New York, and her writing provides insights into interesting people and modern lifestyle trends.

Larissa Pham
Larissa Pham

Larissa Pham is a New York-based artist and writer known for her work with The Paris Review, POETRY, Art in America, Bookforum, Guernica, and The Nation. She writes on technology, personalization, intimacy, and the understanding of oneself.

Larissa Zimberoff
Larissa Zimberoff

Larissa Zimberoff is a Bay Area writer and journalist, focused on the intersection of food, technology, and business. She is the author of 'Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley's Mission to Change What We Eat.' After living in New York to attend the MFA program at The New School and embarking on her second career as a writer, she returned to the Bay Area. Her work covers significant trends in the food tech industry.

Latif Peracha
Latif Peracha

Latif Peracha is a partner at M13, a venture capital firm focusing on early stage consumer technology companies. A longstanding friend of WITI with exceptional taste in art and music, his Spotify playlists are renowned. Raised in Detroit with family roots in the Middle East and Pakistan, his diverse background and Midwestern upbringing greatly influence his identity and perspectives. Latif's experiences include unforgettable moments from Iftar meals in Tribeca to live performances by iconic artists around the world. He holds a deep emotional connection to his alma mater, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Laura Mayer
Laura Mayer

Laura Mayer is a seasoned podcast producer and executive with experience developing and producing high-profile shows, including the first season of Malcolm Gladwell’s 'Revisionist History', 'Happier' with Gretchen Rubin, 'The Dream', 'The Just Enough Family', and 'Bad Blood: The Final Chapter'. Having worked in Big Podcasting, she ventured out to work for herself in February.

Lauren Goode
Lauren Goode

Lauren Goode is a senior staff writer at WIRED, based in San Francisco. In addition to her writing, she hosts some podcasts. Her work focuses primarily on writing, with a mix of published pieces and some that never see the light of day.

Lauren Sherman
Lauren Sherman

Lauren Sherman is a distinguished reporter in the fashion industry, known for her unrivaled expertise and nearly two decades of experience. She writes a twice-weekly private email called Line Sheet for Puck, where she delves into industry insights. Sherman, who grew up in Pittsburgh and lived in New York for 15 years, currently resides in Los Angeles with her family. Despite her move, she is often recognized for her 'New York energy.' She is also co-writing a book about Victoria's Secret, slated for publication in autumn 2024 by Henry Holt & Company.

Laurie Woolever
Laurie Woolever

Laurie Woolever is a writer and editor with an extensive background in food and travel writing. She worked closely with the late Anthony Bourdain for nearly a decade and has authored notable books including 'Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography' and co-authored 'World Travel: An Irreverent Guide'. Living in New York, she has been contributing her expertise in this genre for over 25 years.

Laëtitia Eido
Laëtitia Eido

Laëtitia Eido is a multi-dimensional actress, artist, and musician known for her role as Dr. Shirin El Abed in Netflix's Fauda. She has a background in arts and architecture, extensive training in classical guitar, and an overarching dedication to creation in all its forms. Eido's recent projects include the spy thriller Chief of Station, Terrence Malick's The Way of the Wind, and Isild Le Besco’s Connemara.

Lebawit Girma
Lebawit Girma

Lebawit Girma, also known as Lily, is a global tourism reporter for Skift and an award-winning writer, photographer, and the founder of See the Caribbean, a platform promoting sustainable travel to the region. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Côte d’Ivoire, she transitioned from being a Skadden Arps energy lawyer to embracing a nomadic life focused on storytelling and travel. Girma has contributed to multiple publications, guidebooks, and worked with tourism boards, combining her passions for travel, culture, and identity.

Lilla Cosgrove
Lilla Cosgrove

Lilla Cosgrove is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Candid, having led their product and UX teams. Currently based in Lagos, Nigeria, she is consulting for startups while working on her next company. Lilla practices being a beginner through surfing and guitar. An urban studies enthusiast and product manager, her work spans digital, experience, and UX in sectors such as retail and telemedicine.

Lindsay Tuchman
Lindsay Tuchman

Lindsay Tuchman is a journalist and morning news anchor for Newsy, where she covers a wide range of breaking news with a particular interest in stories related to wine and the environment. With experience as a field reporter in New York City and an anchor on the Eastern Shore of Maryland/Delaware/Virginia, Lindsay brings a well-rounded perspective to her reporting. She is passionate about winemaking and its impact on climate change, incorporating her research into her work. A recent Atlanta transplant and an avid supporter of local news, Lindsay enjoys disconnecting by spending time on the beach or at a winery.

Lindsey Tramuta
Lindsey Tramuta

Lindsey Tramuta is a Paris-based freelance writer and author, known for her contributions to The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Bloomberg, and several other publications. An American expat in Paris since 2006, she has published two books, 'The New Paris' and 'The New Parisienne,' focused on travel, culture, and business. Lindsey also hosts a podcast that extends the discussions initiated in her books.

Liz Landers
Liz Landers

Liz Landers is the chief political correspondent for Vice News in Washington, D.C. Her work primarily focuses on politics, covering Congress, the White House, and how policies and the democratic process affect real people. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys skiing, yoga, art, and sharing a meal with friends.

Liz Turrigiano
Liz Turrigiano

Liz Turrigiano came up in the ad world and is now focused on helping new parents be less wasteful. She was introduced to WITI by Clémence Polès.

Lizzie Shupak
Lizzie Shupak

Lizzie Shupak is the Co-Founder of Curve, a London-based creative leadership and culture change business. She works with senior leaders globally to facilitate change, with a background in innovation, digital service design, and a focus on semiotics and military ethics education as a visiting researcher at Columbia University’s Institute for Economic Research and Policy.

Louis Cheslaw
Louis Cheslaw

Louis Cheslaw, currently an associate editor at New York Magazine, began his career as Pilar Guzmán’s assistant at Condé Nast, followed by a stint as a writer and researcher for Tina Brown. Originally from North London, he studied creative writing in Norwich before moving to New York. With six years in New York, three at New York Magazine, and residing in South Slope, Brooklyn, Louis brings his great taste and experience to his contributions.

Louis Unknown
Louis Unknown

Louis Unknown provides in-depth analysis and recounts memorable scenes from sports documentaries, like the revealing moments from 'All or Nothing: Arsenal' about the English football club.

Louis-Marie de Castelbajac
Louis-Marie de Castelbajac

Louis-Marie de Castelbajac is a French designer and entrepreneur known for his work in fashion and art direction, including designing for Lafont, a pioneering French workwear brand. He is also a passionate Armagnac maker, with a focus on reinterpreting the oldest distilled spirit in the world through creative projects. His work reflects a dedication to bridging tradition with modernity.

Lydia Nzayo
Lydia Nzayo

Lydia Nzayo is the General Manager of Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House in Rwanda, situated on the edge of Volcanoes National Park. Born in Rwanda, Lydia has a rich background in hospitality management with extensive experience abroad, having worked for a decade with the Ritz-Carlton Company in Barcelona, Spain. She holds a master's degree in Business Management specialized in Spanish speaking countries and has been influential in training staff to uphold exceptional standards of hospitality and conservation. Lydia is part of a growing trend of female leaders in African travel and hospitality, returning to her home country to lead and inspire.

Marcus Moretti
Marcus Moretti

Marcus Moretti is a contributor known for his work at Axios and for writing 'Flow State', a newsletter that highlights ambient and experimental music designed for working. Additionally, he explores complex topics such as the nature of consciousness and the philosophical debates surrounding it.

Maria Shollenbarger
Maria Shollenbarger

Maria Shollenbarger writes for FT's HTSI magazine and FT Weekend, with a background that stretches from California to Italy and the UK. Starting her career in commercial TV production in NYC, Maria always knew she wanted to write, travel, and work in magazines, eventually finding her niche in the world of high-end travel and lifestyle journalism.

Mark Cho
Mark Cho

Mark Cho is a co-founder of the menswear retailer The Armoury in Hong Kong and New York, and co-owner of the English menswear brand Drake's. Known for his passion for men's style, clothing of the classic, tailored variety, and watch collecting, Cho has established himself as a person with incredible taste across fashion and craftsmanship.

Mark Ellwood
Mark Ellwood

Mark Ellwood is a prominent travel writer and an astute commentator on luxury and consumer culture, contributing to Bloomberg, Conde Nast Traveler, and the Financial Times. Originally from London, he has spent most of his adult life in America, often living out of a suitcase due to his extensive travels.

Mark Polymeropoulos
Mark Polymeropoulos

Mark Polymeropoulos is a former CIA case officer and a friend of WITI. After serving for 26 years and retiring in 2019, he has become a regular contributor for MSNBC, written a book titled 'Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA', and speaks on leadership across a variety of platforms from police departments to tech giants like Google and Meta. He consults with Hollywood, raises money for veterans, and contributes a weekly column to a newspaper, showcasing his expertise in intelligence, security, and leadership.

Mark Slavonia
Mark Slavonia

Mark Slavonia is an investor, a pilot, and an avid cyclist. He has contributed articles on a range of topics including radio altimeters, rowing machines, traveler's checks, and more. Besides his contributions, he shares interesting content on his website and Twitter.

Mark Vanhoenacker
Mark Vanhoenacker

Mark Vanhoenacker is a London-based commercial airline pilot and writer, known for his international bestseller 'Skyfaring' and his latest book 'Imagine a City'. A columnist for the Financial Times and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Mark shares his unique perspective on flying and cities through his works. He pilots the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for British Airways.

Martin Bihl
Martin Bihl

Martin Bihl is a writer whose insights on marketing and brand utility have been influential since the early 2000s. He has worked both with and within advertising agencies, navigating the complex dynamics between agencies and clients. His work, exploring topics like brand perception and marketing strategy, can be found on his website and The Agency Review.

Martin Thörnkvist
Martin Thörnkvist

Martin Thörnkvist is a thinker, curator, and network builder based in Malmo, Sweden. Currently the COO of Media Evolution and The Conference, he has a background in curating music and human insights. Martin identifies as a context maker, emphasizing the importance of creating meaningful contexts around content for the success of various curation projects.

Mary Childs
Mary Childs

Mary Childs is the cohost of Planet Money, NPR’s economics podcast, and an author, with her first book titled 'The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost It All'. A former FT, Bloomberg News, and Barron’s magazine reporter, Childs brings a wealth of financial journalism experience. She works from a bright, glassed-in porch office in Richmond, Virginia.

Matt Creamer
Matt Creamer

Matt Creamer is a creative industry professional with a rich background as a journalist, creative director, and content expert. He works with consumer brands and marketing companies on creative and content initiatives.

Matt Haughey
Matt Haughey

Matt Haughey is an early web designer/developer known for creating Metafilter, a community website that is a notable example of effective community management. He has contributed significantly to the development of online communities and blogging conventions. Currently, he works as a writer at Slack, focusing on blog posts that help users utilize the platform more effectively, addressing the learning curve and transition challenges companies face with Slack.

Matt Locke
Matt Locke

Matt Locke is the Director of Storythings, a content studio based in the UK. He is a WITI reader and contributor with a diverse range of interests, including the history of UK baseball, the intricacies of the TV schedule, and the art of Andy Warhol's album covers. Locke's contributions often explore the intersections of culture, media, and history, bringing insightful perspectives to unique topics.

Matt Rodbard
Matt Rodbard

Matt Rodbard is the founding editor in chief of TASTE, author of 'Food IQ' and 'Koreatown: A Cookbook', and host of the TASTE Podcast. With a background in television and magazines, he has written for major publications including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Currently living in Orange County, NY, Matt is also working on his upcoming book 'Koreaworld', set to release in 2024.

Matt Taylor
Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor is the founder and CEO of Tracksmith, a company known for its strong sense of identity, art direction, and product quality. He's a runner, dad, husband, and hails from a family with deep entrepreneurial and maker roots. Matt's personal and professional life is deeply intertwined with running, having met his wife while running track at Yale. His background in a coal and steel family from Pittsburgh, combined with a household full of creativity and craftsmanship, has shaped his approach to business and life.

Matthew Dear
Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear is a longtime DJ, musician, and a founding artist of Ghostly International and Spectral Sound. He is also an educator, teaching at The University of Michigan. Dear is renowned for writing, producing, and mixing all of his work, and has had remixes commissioned by notable artists including The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers. Outside of music, he enjoys creative expression through building and working with his hands, demonstrated by his projects such as a treehouse with a zipline and a goat shed.

Matthew Ingram
Matthew Ingram

Matthew Ingram is the Chief Digital Writer for the Columbia Journalism Review, covering the intersection of media and the internet, including platforms like Facebook, Twitter, 4chan, and QAnon. Based in Canada, he has a rich background in journalism, having written for Fortune magazine and GigaOm, and previously working at the Globe and Mail where he launched a stock index including early internet companies and spearheaded initiatives in social media and blogging.

Matthew Schnipper
Matthew Schnipper

Matthew Schnipper is a writer and editor with a rich background in journalism, having served as editor in chief of the Fader and held positions at the Verge, GQ, and Pitchfork, among others. He is also working on a memoir for Random House, drawing upon his personal experiences of sound and grief.

Matthew Scott
Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott is a Group Strategy Director at Translation, integrating brands with culture. Residing in the Bay Area with his family, he has a keen interest in NBA & WNBA, a pronounced love for sneakers, and closely follows basketball related news and events.

Matthew Specktor
Matthew Specktor

Matthew Specktor is the author of 'Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles'. He contributes insights into literature, with a special focus on the analog aspects of reading and the evolution of book formats, particularly discussing the impact and significance of mass market paperbacks.

Matthew Weaver
Matthew Weaver

Matthew Weaver is a seasoned problem solver with a strong background in distributed systems operations, spanning multiple economic sectors including a spell inside the US federal government. Currently at Layer Aleph, he focuses on troubleshooting complex systems and consulting. Passionate about healthcare, infrastructure, and national security, Matthew is also a devoted family man and dog dad.

Maud Pasturaud
Maud Pasturaud

Maud Pasturaud, originally from Paris, is a longtime friend of WITI. After abandoning her dream to become a professional ballerina at 18, she embarked on a career in tech. Post-business school, she moved to Silicon Valley to further pursue her passion in the technology sector. She writes about longevity, trains, and The Jardin du Palais Royal.

Meg Ely
Meg Ely

Meg Ely is the Head of Social at Bloomberg, with past experience at the New Yorker and the Washington Post. She writes about the rise of hyperlocal citizen apps, emphasizing their impact on the perception of crime.

Megan Gibson
Megan Gibson

Megan Gibson is a journalist and international editor at The New Statesman, with previous roles including the foreign editor at Monocle and a staff writer at Time. Originally from Canada and currently based in London, Gibson is known for her insightful commentary and has a rich background in magazine journalism.

Michael Bierut
Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut is a designer, writer, and thinker, highly regarded in the field of design. He is a partner at the prestigious design firm, Pentagram, and has made substantial contributions to the design community, including co-editing the influential blog Design Observer. Bierut's work spans across various aspects of graphic design, and he is known for his profound essays on design philosophy, one of which has been particularly impactful in discussing the relationship between design and its broader implications in various fields. He is also working on an updated edition of his book on the impact of graphic design.

Michael Grant
Michael Grant

Michael Grant is a creative director and writer based in San Francisco. His work has covered diverse topics such as the Tanforan Shell Station, Poptimism, and iPod Rock. He is known for his spicy music takes and is writing a book set in New Mexico, undertaking deep research into the region's culture and points of UFOlogical interest.

Michael Kaufmann
Michael Kaufmann

Michael Kaufmann is a cultural entrepreneur with a background in managing Asthmatic Kitty Records and founding Meru, where he manages artists such as Son Lux. He has a history with the noise band Therefore, exploring the boundaries of music, sound, and noise through a framework of imperfection and mindfulness. His work, both in music and cultural entrepreneurship, aims to empower others to create and experience surprising beauty, rooted in a punk ethos that challenges the status quo.

Michael Sharon
Michael Sharon

Michael Sharon is a good friend of WITI and a graduate of NYU's ITP program. He gained early attention for working on Socialight, a pioneering location-aware social platform, and he's known for his explorations as a city explorer and optimistic technologist. Currently, he is the co-founder and CEO of Taika, a startup focused on creating adaptogen-blended coffee designed to enhance awareness and inspiration. With a diverse background as a technology entrepreneur, angel investor, product leader, programmer, musician, media artist, and writer, Michael's career is marked by curiosity and innovation.

Michael Williams
Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the founder of A Continuous Lean, a platform that started as an influential men's style blog before transitioning into a newsletter. Known for his dedication to craft, quality, and tradition, Michael has become a leading voice in advocating for well-made products and American manufacturing. With a unique perspective stemming from his roots in Cleveland, he emphasizes the personal nature of style over fleeting trends. Michael is also an avid traveler, preferring off-peak experiences to deepen his understanding of different cultures.

Michaella Solar-March
Michaella Solar-March

Michaella Solar-March is the Chief Marketing Officer at Tishman Speyer with a rich background in music, culture, community, and brand building. A storyteller at heart, she excels in designing modern marketing platforms that inspire creativity, cultivate communities, and catalyze meaningful change. Having worked at prestigious organizations like Beggars Group and Soho House, Michaella brings a global perspective to her work. Now based in New York after moving from Sydney, Australia, she oversees branding, creative marketing, brand experience, placemaking, and programming for a global portfolio, including iconic developments like Rockefeller Center. Outside of work, she is a dedicated mom and partner, finding joy in family life.

Mickey Drexler
Mickey Drexler

Mickey Drexler is renowned for his proficient understanding of culture and trends, having significantly contributed to the growth and success of iconic brands such as Gap, Old Navy, JCrew, and Madewell. Celebrated for his ability to identify and capitalize on fashion trends, particularly highlighted during JCrew's influential period, Drexler is also recognized for his merchandise expertise. Raised in the Bronx and deeply influenced by his father's aspirations and the garment industry, his early experiences fueled his ambition and drive, shaping him into a distinguished businessman and a curious, engaging storyteller.

Mike Baker
Mike Baker

Mike Baker is a creative, writer, and lyricist with a rich background in the creative world. Originally from Alameda in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, he moved to NY in 2011. Mike is not only a seasoned musician and rapper/MC with about 15 years of experience but also a part of the Hip-Hop collective, the HNRL. His work spans various projects available on platforms like Spotify, showcasing his talent and passion for music.

Mimi Turner
Mimi Turner

Mimi Turner is a strategist at LinkedIn's B2B institute with a diverse background. She has transitioned from journalism to communications, sales, marketing, and finally to marketing strategy over the last decade, showcasing her adaptability and expertise across various disciplines.

Mindy Seu
Mindy Seu

Mindy Seu is a multi-hyphenate entity encompassing roles as a designer, teacher, writer, and technologist. She is a Professor at Rutgers University, and an Adjunct Lecturer at Yale University's Schools of Art. Mindy recently published her first book, Cyberfeminism Index, a collection exploring three decades of online activism and net art. She co-designed the new Rhizome site and has written about the Metaverse. Mindy is also immersing in tours and a Visiting Professorship at UCLA in Design Media Arts.

Molly Hawkins
Molly Hawkins

Molly Hawkins is the creative director for Harry Styles, with a diverse career in music that spans over two decades. She has also served as the creative director for Harry's brand Pleasing, showcasing her ability to work across multiple mediums. Previously, she worked at the British indie record label Young Turks, contributing to the success of artists like The xx and fka Twigs.

Montserrat Alvarez
Montserrat Alvarez

Montserrat Alvarez is the founder of Heimat Atlantica, a brand that aims to preserve and highlight disappearing traditional crafts while bringing them into the contemporary. With a background in art history, fashion, and architecture, she brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work. Montserrat has lived in Paris for 13 years and launched Heimat Atlantica in 2016 to invent and preserve what is beautiful and good in the world, starting with local traditions and crafts.

Murray Bell
Murray Bell

Murray Bell runs a studio in Sydney called Semi-Permanent, offering Antipodean representation in his field. He is 42 years old and male.

Nadia Eghbal
Nadia Eghbal

Nadia Eghbal is a writer and researcher known for her work on how the internet empowers individual creators. Between 2015 and 2019, she focused on open source software production, enhancing developer experiences both independently and at GitHub. In 2020, she published 'Working in Public', detailing the impact of open source developers on the online social world. Currently, she leads writer experience at Substack, emphasizing the pivotal role of open source software in powering the digital realm.

Nathaniel Ru
Nathaniel Ru

Nathaniel Ru is the co-founder of Sweetgreen, responsible for the company's brand, creative, and social impact initiatives. With a background marked by a passion for food and music and a multicultural heritage, he has worked with his business partners for over 15 years on their mission to offer a healthier fast-food alternative.

Nick Catucci
Nick Catucci

Nick Catucci is the newsletter editor for The Atlantic and runs the newsletter Embedded. A longtime NYC music, media, and culture enthusiast, he publishes Embedded with Kate Lindsay. Catucci is a Brooklyn dad with a background in launching internet-related projects.

Nick Parish
Nick Parish

Nick Parish is a seasoned contributor with a background as a junior reporter on the NY Post’s sports desk. He has diversified his career into editorial, strategy, product design, and currently resides in Portland. Nick is also known for his passion for fly fishing, mentoring in the sport, and his love for fermentation, sharing his insights through various platforms. His work spans a range of topics from journaling to urban gardening, always with a focus on engaging deeply with the subject matter at hand.

Noah Brier
Noah Brier

Noah has nearly twenty years in the marketing industry, first as a copywriter, strategist, and creative director, and later as an entrepreneur and founder of Percolate, the world’s first content marketing platform (sold to Seismic in 2018). BrXnd’s mission is to help the world of marketing and AI connect and collaborate.

Noah Chestnut
Noah Chestnut

Noah Chestnut is a director of product at Bleacher Report with a deep passion for sports and its fans. Starting his journey while studying the history of propaganda in 2007 by blogging about his local professional football team, he has never stopped exploring the evolving landscape of sports media. Chestnut, born in 1985, nostalgically remembers reading the sports section of his local newspaper as a child and has thoughtfully observed the shift to digital sports content.

Om Malik
Om Malik

Om Malik is a San Francisco-based writer, photographer, and investor with nearly three decades of experience writing about technology and the Internet. He has contributed to major publications like Forbes, Red Herring, New Yorker, The Economist, and Fast Company. Malik founded GigaOm, a blog that grew into a publishing company, and is currently a partner emeritus at True Ventures. He shares his insights on his website, Om.co.

Oren Schauble
Oren Schauble

Oren Schauble is a designer, content creator, and entrepreneur known for his astute brand and marketing takes on IG and TikTok, as well as his discussions on topics such as Status Cutlery, the end of Blanding, and Jacquemus marketing strategy.

Patrick Anderson
Patrick Anderson

Patrick Anderson is a musician and audio engineer from Atlanta, with a background in audio engineering technology and music business from Belmont University. He has made significant contributions to the film industry and has a keen interest in the resurgence of vinyl records.

Patrick Radden Keefe
Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe is an acclaimed investigative reporter and staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller 'Say Nothing', which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and the Orwell Prize for Political Writing. He has also written 'The Snakehead' and 'Chatter'. His podcast 'Wind of Change', explores the intriguing connection between Cold War espionage and heavy metal music.

Patton Hindle
Patton Hindle

Patton Hindle is the Head of Arts at Kickstarter, where she works with artists and cultural organizations to launch crowdfunding campaigns for their ambitious projects. She also serves on the Board of The Laundromat Project and Arts Funders Forum, as well as several arts advocacy advisory groups with Americans for the Arts.

Paul Munford
Paul Munford

Paul Munford is the founder of Lean Luxe, a newsletter that explores shifts in consumer culture, becoming essential reading for investors, entrepreneurs, and consumers. Known for aggregating varied sources of information, Lean Luxe also features a private, invite-only slack channel fostering connections within the modern brand and business community.

Perry Hewitt
Perry Hewitt

Perry Hewitt is a digital strategist who focuses on bringing modern marketing and digital product practices to mission-driven organizations. She served as the Chief Digital Officer at Harvard University and now consults for organizations including Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Philip Sherburne
Philip Sherburne

Philip Sherburne is one of America's best music writers, known for his comprehensive coverage of electronic music’s interesting periphery with depth and nuance. He contributes mostly to Pitchfork and has been actively writing about music since 1998, with a focus that has evolved from leftfield techno and house to more experimental and ambient sounds. Sherburne also curates a Substack titled 'Futurism Restated,' offers new-music recommendations, and co-runs Balmat, a record label dedicated to ambient and ambient-adjacent music. Additionally, he was involved with Lapsus Radio on Spain's national public broadcaster Radio 3 and is working on rebooting the show on a new platform.

Philip Stockton
Philip Stockton

Philip Stockton is a director and creative based in Newport, RI, with a focus on videography and brand consulting. He enjoys capturing complex industrial processes and has a flair for creative direction. Aside from his professional work, he's a new father, a pianist, and an enthusiast of the sport court tennis.

Praveen Fernandes
Praveen Fernandes

Praveen Fernandes is a lawyer, advocate, former Obama administration appointee, art lover, and WITI contributor known for his passion for old-school correspondence, such as handwritten letters. He also has a keen interest in stamps, particularly those with meaningful artwork or themes, and has written on a variety of topics ranging from climate change to intergenerational humor in media.

Priyanka Mattoo
Priyanka Mattoo

Priyanka Mattoo is a writer and filmmaker, primarily focused on comedy, with a background as a talent agent at UTA and WME and as Jack Black's partner at Electric Dynamite. She co-founded the women-led podcast network Earios and co-hosts the beauty/wellness podcast Foxy Browns. Mattoo's essays have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Hairpin, and she writes a career advice column for Vulture about breaking into entertainment. She has lived in India, England, and Saudi Arabia before moving to the U.S. for high school, and she studied Italian and Law at the University of Michigan. Mattoo now resides in Venice, California with her family.

Radit Mahindro
Radit Mahindro

Radit Mahindro is a writer and professional in the hospitality and architecture sector, currently working for Aman in Bali. With a background in graphic design and experience as a drawing teacher, Radit has over 12 years in the hospitality industry, having worked with brands such as Regent, Fairmont, Alila, and Potato Head. He has also consulted for non-hospitality projects like Space Available and Begawan. Radit is preparing a book on the evolution of hotels and hospitality in Bali, aiming for publication next year.

Rafa Jimenez
Rafa Jimenez

Rafa Jimenez, introduced by WITI contributor Steve Bryant, is a veteran of the digital world, originally connecting to the internet via dial-up. He once identified as an 'interactivist', influenced by Brenda Laurel, due to his belief in the power of interactivity in digital media over traditional forms. Nowadays, he considers himself a dilettante with interests in writing, music, and Go, yet remains deeply involved in the digital field as GM/Partner at Good Rebels México and Founder/CEO of Seenapse, an AI tool for creative marketing ideas. He resides in Mexico City with his family and an elderly Schnauzer.

Randa Sakallah
Randa Sakallah

Randa Sakallah is a product manager and CS graduate from the University of Michigan, known for her work as a matchmaker through her Substack project, Hot Singles, which has been featured in the New York Times. She runs a newsletter and community aimed at making dating fun, dedicating most of her time to it and organizing events for Hot Singles Week.

Rebeka Foley
Rebeka Foley

Rebeka Foley analyzes politics and energy markets in Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia for London-based PRISM Political Risk Management. She has experience in oil markets, media, and has worked at Freedom House in New York. Currently living in Paris and having studied in St. Petersburg, Rebeka has a keen interest in Russian geopolitics, particularly regarding the Arctic's strategic importance.

Rebekah Sanderlin
Rebekah Sanderlin

Rebekah Sanderlin is a writer specializing in screen, books, copy, and essays, as well as a marketing strategist. She has spent much of her professional life in journalism as an investigative reporter, columnist, and editor. Her work has been published in prominent outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and CNN.com. Sanderlin is also known for her veteran and military family advocacy and contributes to the OODA Soup substack.

Reess Kennedy
Reess Kennedy

Reess Kennedy is a New York-based runner, product guy, and thinker of things. He runs Surgostream, a company focused on creating digital products that assist media sales teams in growing their revenue.

Regina Pozo Ruiz
Regina Pozo Ruiz

Regina Pozo Ruiz is a design curator based in Mexico City, covering design, furniture, social entrepreneurship, and music. She founded txt.ure, a brand devoted to rescuing and preserving Mexican techniques with design. Also a DJ, she contributes a global and CDMX perspective.

Reilly Brennan
Reilly Brennan

Reilly Brennan is a partner at Trucks Venture Capital, an adjunct professor at Stanford University, and an influential voice in transportation. He has authored several contributions focusing on topics like communication cleanliness during COVID-19, advanced driving systems, and automated vehicles. Brennan is renowned for his weekly transportation newsletter, FoT, which is a must-read in the transportation sector.

Rembert Browne
Rembert Browne

Rembert Browne is a versatile writer known for his work on a broad range of topics including sports, culture, and politics, with contributions to New York Magazine. He is also the creator of a limited edition, five-episode podcast focusing on his home state of Georgia.

Rex Sorgatz
Rex Sorgatz

Rex Sorgatz is a media theorist, cultural observer, and creative technologist. He authored the 'Encyclopedia of Misinformation' and is known for his contributions to discussions on deepfakes and technological impacts on society. A recognized figure in New York City's cultural landscape, Sorgatz's work encompasses a wide range of interests, from the evolution of media to the intricacies of digital misinformation.

Rick Webb
Rick Webb

Rick Webb is a co-founder of The Barbarian Group, a prolific writer, thinker, podcaster, and consumer of media. Known for his unique ability to think and speak in bullet points, Webb has delved into a variety of topics from advertising economics to music licensing, bringing a critical and insightful perspective to the digital media landscape.

Rob Walker
Rob Walker

Rob Walker is a seasoned journalist and author, known for his insights on consumer culture. He famously wrote the Consumed column for NYT Magazine and authored books such as 'Buying In' and 'The Art of Noticing.' Currently, he focuses on his newsletter also titled 'The Art of Noticing,' covering topics related to work, branding, and creativity. Previously, Walker contributed to NYT Sunday Business as The Workologist. He resides in New Orleans.

Robin Sloan
Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan is an author, olive oil maker, and internet tinkerer known for his novels 'Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore' and 'Sourdough.' His work often explores the intersection of technology and creativity, as seen in his pieces on content frameworks and neural networks.

Rohan Routroy
Rohan Routroy

Rohan Routroy is a friend of WITI who moved from Singapore to NYC just before the pandemic. He shares sources of inspiration and his daily media consumption, embracing the concept of serendipity in life.

Roman Mars
Roman Mars

Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a podcast that delves into the unseen and overlooked aspects of design, architecture, and the built environment. He's also the co-author of a book based on the podcast, THE 99% INVISIBLE CITY: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design, and has delivered a popular TED Talk about flags. His work explores the subtle forces and stories that shape our world.

Ruby Psuedo
Ruby Psuedo

Jenny Owen, also known as Ruby Psuedo, is a consumer and trends researcher with a talent for engaging dialogue and improving brand strategies. She met Colin at a PSFK conference in London, marking the beginning of her recognition in the field.

Ruddy Aboab
Ruddy Aboab

Ruddy Aboab is a distinguished figure in the radio and music industry, predominantly known for his current role as the head of the French radio station FIP. His career also includes an extensive 18-year tenure at Radio Nova, where he engaged in a variety of roles from MC to music and artistic direction. Besides his significant contributions to radio, Aboab is involved in the music scene as a co-talent buyer for the Rock en Seine Festival. His dedication to music curation is evident in his leadership at FIP, where he champions a diverse and hand-picked musical selection devoid of repetitions, rotations, or commercials.

Russell Davies
Russell Davies

Russell Davies is a writer and strategist who explores the intersection of organizations, services, and the internet. He is known for his insights on marketing strategy, evident from his influential blog and contributions to the field in the mid-2000s. Davies has authored books, including one on the role of PowerPoint in shaping ideas, reflecting his interest in how technology influences thought and communication.

Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson is a freelance marketing executive based in Atlanta, GA, with a diverse range of interests that he explores through his writings. From counties, statistical paradoxes, and green hydrogen to the impact of sound in sports, Anderson's contributions cover a wide spectrum of topics. He’s also delved into the realms of professional poker and played a significant role in the grassroots fan movement that led to the establishment of an MLS team in Atlanta. Anderson’s engaging articles frequently highlight his unique insights into how systems can enable performance and growth.

Ryan McManus
Ryan McManus

Ryan McManus is a product designer at Ford and a longstanding friend of WITI. He has written on various topics including the end of spare parts, SecuriCode, and the concept of starting your own town. He is known for his exploration of design elements in electric vehicles and has lived in Massachusetts. He combines a creative instinct with industrial design, offering insights into the future of mobility and automotive innovations.

Saidah Blount
Saidah Blount

Saidah Blount is the Executive Producer of Sonos Radio, overseeing over a dozen shows and podcasts. She crafted the Sonos Sound System channel, focusing on human-powered music curation for in-depth music discovery. With a rich history in the music, fashion, and pop culture industries, Blount has worked with NPR, The Fader/Cornerstone, and freelanced for clients such as Topshop and Spotify. Her work embodies a love for music, dovetailing into her professional endeavors and contributions to the field.

Sam Valenti
Sam Valenti

Sam Valenti, founder of Ghostly International, is recognized for his exceptional taste and pioneering vision in music and art. A new father based out of New York City with roots in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Sam established Ghostly in 1999 as a dynamic platform for artists, encompassing a record label and a global collaboration network for designers, writers, and photographers. His work embodies a deep commitment to bridging music with visual arts, alongside a personal passion for collecting physical music media.

Sami Reiss
Sami Reiss

Sami Reiss is a writer known for his excellent interior design Substack called Snake. He was introduced by Sam Valenti after his notable Herb Sundays Edition.

Sari Azout
Sari Azout

Sari Azout is a founder, writer, investor, and mother of three boys. She is deeply engaged in the tech industry, currently building a product called Sublime, aimed at creating a more human and nourishing Internet experience. Additionally, she writes a weekly newsletter where she curates assorted interesting finds and publishes essays on tech and culture. Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, she now resides in Miami.

Sasha Frere-Jones
Sasha Frere-Jones

Sasha Frere-Jones is a writer, musician, and former New Yorker contributor known for his insightful music commentary and essays. With a base in the East Village, he engages with the arts through various mediums, including a Substack and musical projects like Body Meπa and Calvinist. His work spans from blog posts on Abstract Dynamics to seminal pieces on figures like Arthur Russell, showcasing a deep commitment to exploring the nuances of music and culture.

Scott Lachut
Scott Lachut

Scott Lachut is a Brooklyn-based consultant focused on research, strategy, and innovation, with a passion for developing grand organizing theories about almost everything. He closely follows and analyzes trends in women's sports, recognizing significant milestones and the increasing mainstream acceptance of women's team sports.

Scott Norton
Scott Norton

Scott Norton is best known as the co-founder of Sir Kensington's, a condiment brand, and now invests in consumer businesses through his firm, N+1 Ventures. This venture backs creative founders shaping culture and technology, enabling brand growth. He describes himself as an information packrat, dot connector, and human switchboard, inspired by working with talented entrepreneurs.

Scott Stedman
Scott Stedman

Scott Stedman is an entrepreneur who co-founded Northside Media Group, TOURISTS, and Saturnalia. He has a unique background that includes coming of age in Paris and being named a person of interest in a murder on the Seine. Scott is deeply interested in mystery and the murder mystery genre.

Scout West

Scout Dixon West is a perfume and scent enthusiast known for her in-depth reviews on TikTok. She's a member of the band Low Pony and is based in Los Angeles, where she left her job as a screenwriting assistant to focus on her creative projects, including talking about her love of perfume on the internet.

Sean Siff
Sean Siff

Sean Siff is a private pilot with a background in marketing within the aviation industry. He shares his personal journey and passion for flying, recounting his early experiences with flight lessons and flight simulators.

Severin Matusek
Severin Matusek

Severin Matusek is the founder of co—matter, a Berlin-based research and strategy studio. With a passion sparked in the 90s by computers, video games, and internet culture, he studied philosophy, focusing on media theory. He explores the impacts of tools and technologies on our perception of reality.

Shaikha AlSulaiti
Shaikha AlSulaiti

Shaikha AlSulaiti is an interior designer based in Doha, Qatar, with a focus on luxury designs that are cruelty-free. She draws inspiration from Qatari culture and heritage to create designs that celebrate tradition while being mindful of sustainability. Alongside her design work, Shaikha is passionate about saving animals from the luxury design industry and advocates for cruelty-free practices within her field.

Shain Shapiro
Shain Shapiro

Shain Shapiro is the Founder and Chairman of Sound Diplomacy, an economic consultancy focused on music, culture, and place. He is also the Executive Director of the Center for Music Ecosystems, aimed at utilizing music to address global issues. Additionally, Shapiro is the author of 'This Must Be The Place: How Music Can Make Your City Better,' and is currently on a book tour.

Shawn Reynaldo
Shawn Reynaldo

Shawn Reynaldo is a music journalist based in Barcelona with over 20 years of experience in the music industry. His work has covered various facets including running record labels, throwing parties, working in radio, and DJing globally. He is best known for his focus on electronic music, contributing to outlets like Pitchfork, NPR, SPIN, Resident Advisor, and DJ Mag, and formerly editing the electronic music publication XLR8R. Currently, he writes for First Floor, his own newsletter dedicated to electronic music and its culture.

Snigdha Sur
Snigdha Sur

Snigdha Sur is the founder & CEO of The Juggernaut, a publication dedicated to South Asian stories and perspectives. With an MBA from Harvard and studies in Economics & South Asian Studies at Yale, she brings a rich educational background to her role. Snigdha has a diverse geographical background, born in Chhattisgarh, India, raised in New York, and has worked in Mumbai, India. She speaks Hindi, Bengali, and Mandarin. Her work focuses on creating a media platform that provides a comprehensive look into South Asian culture, history, and more.

Sophia Galer
Sophia Galer

Sophia Galer is a freelance journalist, author, and content creator based in London, England. Known for her viral TikTok content, she is also the author of 'Losing It', a book debunking sex myths and pseudoscience. Additionally, she is a recovering VICE News and BBC reporter, and writes 'In Other Words' on Substack. Sophia's work includes fun investigations of the Arabic language, and she has lived in various locations including Spain, Lebanon, Durham, and Salford.

Spencer Bailey
Spencer Bailey

Spencer Bailey is an editor and journalist, as well as a co-founder of The Slowdown media company. Alongside Andrew Zuckerman, he co-authored the book 'AT A DISTANCE: 100 Visionaries at Home in a Pandemic', showcasing insights from various leading voices on emerging from a historic pandemic year. The Slowdown focuses on culture, nature, and the future, producing a website, two podcasts, and a weekly newsletter.

Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright

Spencer Wright is the creator of The Prepared, a notable newsletter focusing on engineering, manufacturing, and infrastructure. With a background as a former strategy consultant and a one-time whistling champion, he now resides in central Brooklyn where he is often seen transporting kids and tools by bike.

Stephanie
Stephanie

Stephanie, also known as Steph Balzer, is the co-founder of Second Act, a community for mid-career professionals pivoting to careers they love. She publishes Cento and has contributed to WITI, including editions focusing on emotional language and Sedona. Stephanie explores unique narratives, such as the charm of collecting and design through the lens of an artist's curated object archive.

Stephanie Balzer
Stephanie Balzer

Stephanie Balzer is a writer, coach, and the founder of Mission. She has contributed to various editions covering topics like Sedona, Marshall McLuhan's work, and the art scene in Las Vegas, demonstrating a wide range of interests from media and technology to philosophy and design.

Steve Bryant
Steve Bryant

Steve Bryant is a content strategy consultant, co-founder of Rental Car Rally, founding editor of InsideHook, and a longtime friend of WITI. He has contributed to various topics including Maslow's hierarchy, the Pythagorean theorem, meditation, and automotive culture.

Sunita Puri
Sunita Puri

Dr. Sunita Puri is the Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine Service at Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California, author of 'That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour,' and a prominent writer with contributions to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and JAMA. A Rhodes Scholar with a rich background in writing and the arts, she combines her medical expertise with personal experience to advance palliative care, focusing on alleviating suffering across physical, emotional, spiritual, and existential dimensions of serious illness.

Surjan Singh
Surjan Singh

Surjan Singh is a mechanical engineer with past experience at Virgin Galactic, now on sabbatical. He explores engineering concepts through his newsletter 'An Engineering Self-Study' where he discusses various topics, including stiffness in engineering design and safety measures in the field. Additionally, Surjan has delved into designing innovative facemasks for hockey goalies, showcasing his versatile interest in engineering applications.

Taylor Lorenz
Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz is a technology reporter at the New York Times, covering internet culture, influencers, and memes. Previously, she has contributed as a staff writer at The Atlantic and a tech and culture reporter at The Daily Beast, and is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Ted Brown
Ted Brown

Ted (T.M.) Brown is a Brooklyn-based writer contributing to the New York Times, the New Yorker, among others. He also runs a weekly Substack on visual culture titled 'Is It Supposed to Look Like That?'

Tim Harford
Tim Harford

Tim Harford is an economist, journalist, and broadcaster known for his Financial Times column Undercover Economist and his podcast More or Less. He is celebrated for his thought-provoking contributions on economics and society.

Tim Hwang
Tim Hwang

Tim Hwang is a diverse and deeply engaged generalist with interests spanning internet memes, children’s game history, AI ethics and governance, information warfare, divination, and the visual culture of Mark Zuckerberg. He turns his wide array of interests into unique and compelling projects. Tim's work notably includes exploring the intricacies of global pasta manufacturing, among other wide-ranging topics.

Toby Harnden
Toby Harnden

Toby Harnden is an author, journalist, and winner of the Orwell Prize. A former foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times of London and The Daily Telegraph, he has reported from 33 countries. His books include 'First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11', 'Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain's War in Afghanistan', and 'Bandit Country: The IRA and South Armagh'. He now resides in Virginia, focusing on full-time authorship alongside some editing and ghostwriting.

Todd Krieger
Todd Krieger

Todd Krieger is a contributor with eclectic interests who resides in SF and Marin County. He covers the intersection of tech and content, providing insights into the modern media landscape, including the cultural impact of shows like 'WandaVision' and performances by Dead & Company. His professional and personal pursuits reflect a deep engagement with both the tech world and the broader cultural sphere.

Todd Osborn
Todd Osborn

Todd Osborn is a multifaceted individual, known for his diverse range of interests and skills. An Air Force Airman based in Okinawa who speaks Japanese, Todd is also an in-demand DJ and producer with notable tracks like 'Hold Up'. Beyond music, he is a rare bourbon connoisseur, has expertise in fixing and flying planes, has created a video game kiosk from hospital equipment, and even owns a hovercraft. He runs Technical Equipment Supply store with his son, showcasing his entrepreneurial spirit. Additionally, Todd shares insights on surge protection and effective at-home workouts, reflecting his practical knowledge and creative problem-solving abilities.

Tom Morton
Tom Morton

Tom Morton is the founder of Narratory Capital, a brand strategy consultancy. He's dedicated to helping brand owners and creative companies with positioning and storytelling, especially during significant growth phases. Previously, he served as the global chief strategy officer at R/GA, focusing on innovative ways to build businesses and brands.

Tom Vanderbilt
Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt is a prolific writer known for his work across numerous publications such as Outside, Wired, and Travel & Leisure, and for authoring several influential books. His notable works include 'Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do,' which discusses the psychology of driving and 'Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning,' inspired by his experiences of learning new skills as an adult. He is also recognized for promoting the idea of 'late merging' in traffic and exploring personal development through learning alongside his young daughter. Vanderbilt's insights are shaped by his early writing experiences at The Daily Cardinal and his engagement with Roland Barthes-style essays during college.

Tyler Bainbridge
Tyler Bainbridge

Tyler Bainbridge is one of the founders of Perfectly Imperfect, a free culture newsletter offering a glimpse into what interesting people are into, highlighting a taste of someone’s taste through recommendations.

Van Jensen
Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a comic book writer, author, and filmmaker primarily known for his work with DC Comics characters such as Superman, The Flash, and Green Lantern. With a background in journalism and a family deeply rooted in the arts, Jensen's diverse experiences have shaped his storytelling across various media.

Vaughn Tan
Vaughn Tan

Vaughn Tan is a London-based strategy consultant and author, as well as a strategy professor at University College London's School of Management. He explores themes like handling uncertainty, culinary innovation, and the essence of quality in his work, including his book 'The Uncertainty Mindset'. His interests extend into the realm of low-intervention wine and innovative city design.

Veda Partalo
Veda Partalo

Veda Partalo is the VP of Premium at Spotify, known for her interesting and curious life. Originally from Bosnia and now based in Brooklyn, she describes herself as perpetually distracted and most comfortable with dogs. Despite her modesty about her own significance, her role in brand and marketing at Spotify, alongside her unique perspective on life and work, makes her a compelling figure. She also has notably short bangs, according to her mother.

Verena von Pfetten
Verena von Pfetten

Verena von Pfetten is the co-founder of Gossamer, with a background in digital strategy, editorial, and brand marketing, previously working for notable outlets like Lucky and The Huffington Post. She engages in managing Gossamer's Instagram and curates her media consumption carefully, including New York Magazine, The Cut, and the New Yorker, while limiting her social media usage.

Vicky Gu
Vicky Gu

Vicky Gu is a multifaceted creator based in Brooklyn with roots in Dallas, DC, and Shanghai. She excels as an editor, producer, photographer, and poet alongside her role as the brand manager at NewtonX. Vicky's diverse background includes managing editorial operations, consulting through her studio Skin Contact Studio, and shaping strategic partnerships.

Vivian Fufalse
Vivian Fufalse

Vivian Fu is a LA-based photographer and podcaster, known for her interest in the internet and art. She initially gained attention on Tumblr for her photography and has since navigated into the tech industry. Currently, she co-hosts the NFT-related podcast JPEG2000.

W. C.
W. C.

W. C. is a private individual and friend of WITI, known for delving into the literary world. He is particularly focused on Jorge Luis Borges's unfinished project, the Biblioteca Personal, a personal selection of literature with immense personal value, offering a PDF list for public enjoyment.

W. Christine Choi
W. Christine Choi

W. Christine Choi is a seasoned professional with a rich background in education nonprofits, arts education, and brand development. She has worked closely with Richard Branson on launching Virgin brands in North America and has held significant roles at Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company/Virgin Orbit and Kitty Hawk. Currently a partner and head of brand at M13, Christine focuses on building early stage ventures and providing strategic advice to entrepreneurs. Her global upbringing and experience in diverse fields underscore her abilities in problem-solving and storytelling.

W. David Marx
W. David Marx

W. David Marx is a Tokyo-based author known for his influential books 'Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style' and 'Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change.' With a background that bridges American and Japanese cultures, his work offers comprehensive insights into cultural phenomena and trends, grounded in a deep understanding of status's role in shaping society.

Will McPhail
Will McPhail

Will McPhail is a cartoonist and writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, known for his contributions to The New Yorker since 2014. He is a two-time winner of the Reuben Award for cartooning in 2017 and 2018. McPhail has also published his first graphic novel, showcasing his unique humor and perspective.

Yang-Yi Goh
Yang-Yi Goh

Yang-Yi Goh is the style editor at GQ, covering fashion for both the print magazine and website. Originally from Toronto and now based in Brooklyn, he spends much of his time shopping online, is a sports fanatic, an avid cinema-goer, and remains loyal to the pop-punk and emo music of his youth.

Yasi Salek
Yasi Salek

Yasi Salek is a ravenous consumer of music, writer, MFA dropout, and host of the Spotify show Bandsplain, where she unpacks classic bands through conversations with journalist superfans.

Youngna Park
Youngna Park

Youngna Park is the VP of product at Matter, consulting with startups, and the writer of a parenting newsletter called Making it Work. With over 15 years of experience leading product teams, including work on STEM apps for kids at Tinybop and launching NYT Parenting, she now focuses on a blend of tech, media, and the arts. Youngna is also dedicated to mentoring other women in the space and keen on improving technology for children. She writes about parenting and children's books, frequently sharing recommendations through her projects.

Zach Seward
Zach Seward

Zach Seward is a journalist and media entrepreneur, co-founder of Quartz, and currently blogs at zachseward.com. He is known for his work in business news and has recently been exploring the mechanics and impacts of American lotteries.

Zachary Weiss
Zachary Weiss

Zachary Weiss is a Manhattan-based brand consultant and writer with multifaceted roles at Nice Laundry and Outerspace, involving PR, product design, copywriting, and photo production. He began his writing career with The New York Observer’s “Shindigger” column and now contributes to Vogue.com, Ralph Lauren’s RL Mag, among others. Weiss also designs, including a successful capsule collection of slippers with Stubbs & Wootton. His interests include fashion, food reviews, and various forms of media, highlighting a diverse and dynamic career in both brand development and writing.

Zaira Vallejo
Zaira Vallejo

Zaira Vallejo is a NYC-based strategist originally from Colombia, raised in Miami, and now living in New York. Celebrating her nine-year anniversary in New York, she is passionate about cultural moments and works as a Strategist at Redscout.

Zanab Alvi
Zanab Alvi

Zanab Alvi is a warm introvert and dark optimist known for her long, deep, and contrarian thinking. She describes herself as driven by an undiscriminating and boundless curiosity, particularly in how others ingest information and make sense of the world. During the pandemic, she started a pop-up company, viewing it as an experiment unconnected to her identity or deep-seated interests.

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