My name is Josh Bancroft, and I’m a geek. I started this site in September 2003, and named it TinyScreenfuls.com, partly because I’ve always been a mobile technology enthusiast (I’ve owned just about every kind of PDA and phone there is), but also because I love thinking, talking, and writing about how I use that technology, how I “see the world one tiny screenful at a time”. Cheesy, but true. Currently, you’ll find me posting a lot about what iPhone and iPad apps I find amazing and useful, because that’s where I feel the forefront of mobile technology is at the moment. It wasnt always so, and it will change. I go wherever the cutting edge leads me.
I’m the kind of person that rolls over in the morning and checks my feeds, Twitter, and Facebook on my phone before I even get out of bed, not to see what my friends are doing, but because I’ve honed those systems into a highly optimized information workflow, and my brain craves it. I can check in just a few minutes to get a read on what’s going on the in tech world at any given moment. Gathering and sharing the latest and greatest pushes my happy buttons. The Oregonian, Portland’s biggest paper, featured me as the “Geek of Geeks“. Rohit Bhargava of Ogilvy PR featured a profile of me in his book “Personality Not Included“.
I’ve been tinkering and building stuff with computers since I was 5 years old, when my grandfather got me an Atari 1200XL (64Kb of RAM!) and some books, and I taught myself BASIC programming. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told them I didn’t know, because it hadn’t been invented yet, but I knew it had something to do with computers. In school, I was the kid who the teacher came to when they had a computer question. In 1994 created the website for our high school; one of the first schools in the state of Utah to even have a website. I taught teachers and other students how to use the Internet and the web, and worked as a webmaster at Brigham Young University while I was still a junior in High School.
I’m the consummate early adopter. If you’ve heard of Seth Godin’s “Otaku Curve” (from his TED talk), I’m way out there on the edge, trying to pull everyone else along. I have a compulsion to keep up with the latest in communication tools and technology. Yes, I enjoy technology for its own sake, but what I really love is how it changes the way we communicate with each other, and learn about our world.
I’ve worked at Intel for about 10 years, and I’ve loved working for one of the most high tech companies in the world. One accomplishment I’m particularly proud of is Intelpedia, Intel’s de facto internal wiki. It started as a “wouldn’t it be cool if Intel had something like Wikipedia for collaboration?” post on the internal company blog. Intelpedia just celebrated its fifth birthday, and it provides an extremely useful collaboration and knowledge resource that thousands of people use every day. It’s been featured at the Wikimania conference, in Business Week, and the Wall Street Journal. SocialMedia.biz called it a “model corporate wiki” and Forrester’s Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff featured me and Intelpedia in their book “Groundswell.”
I LOVE it when people ask me questions, and I enjoy teaching and explaining new things to people. The best part is the “lightbulb” moment, when I can see that they get it. I love to share my knowledge and what I know. I love to make awesome stuff, and chase after those “wouldn’t it be cool if…” moments to see what I can make of them. My approach is to try lots of things, fail quickly to find what’s really successful, and move on to the next experiment.
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