SPEAKER INTERVIEW: Daniel Brusilovsky
Daniel Brusilovsky is the founder and CEO of Teens in Tech Labs, a company dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs by providing them the resources they need to get off the ground. Along with Teens in Tech Labs, Daniel is currently involved in ‘Olive The Movie’ as an Associate Producer, and as the Silicon Valley Evangelist for JESS3.Previously, Daniel was on the founding team of Qik (acquired by Skype), and has worked at TechCrunch (acquired by Aol), Apture (acquired by Google), atebits (acquired by Twitter), and Etude (acquired by Steinway & Sons). In addition to his own startup, Daniel also actively advises Everyme and mezz.
How did you get involved with blogging?
I got into blogging and digital media creation by listening to Leo Laporte on the radio during the weekends. After listening to him for a few months, I told myself that I could do it, too, and started blogging and podcasting about Apple. The rest is history.
What blogs do you read regularly?
TechCrunch, Techmeme, Hacker News, Business Insider, NY Times, The Verge, AllThingsD and many, many more.
If you could travel back in time and send yourself a message, what would it be?
I would have told myself to enjoy what you do, without sacrificing the fact that you’re still a teenager. We easily get caught up in the world of startups and technology, but sometimes you have to take a step back and just realize that you’re still a teenager.
Any advice for young bloggers?
Just keep pushing forward. Even if you don’t have the page views or downloads now, keep going, because there’s going to be a group of people who really enjoy what you do, and that will motivate you to keep going.
What do you think is the greatest opportunity for digital teens today?
The greatest opportunity for digital teens & families today is to take advantage of all the resources out there, and just build something.
What are you going to talk about at the conference?
In a world where starting a company is becoming easier and easier, why is it still hard for younger entrepreneurs to start businesses?
What’s next for you after the Digital Family Summit?
After the DFS, I’m back to Silicon Valley to continue building Teens in Tech Labs, and working with hundreds (hopefully thousands) of teen entrepreneurs. We’re having our annual 2012 Teens in Tech Conference at Oracle’s HQ on August 9th, and we encourage everyone to come!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Gertsacov is the co-founder and co-organizer of Digital Family Summit. He wears many hats, including those of a professional clown, an author and publisher, an artist/educator, a non-profit administrator, a P.T. Barnum impersonator, a flea circus impresario, and the esteemed hat of the Clown Laureate of Greenbelt, Maryland.