Interview with Ryan Block(@ryan)

As the countdown to Junior year begins, and the pages of my summer-reading seem to grow instead of shrink, I find it challenging to focus on my APUSH textbook. However, rumors of iWatches and sapphire glass iPhones push me on.


Ryan Block has without a doubt been "around the block," (no pun intended) when it comes to the ever growing technology world. Ryan started gdgt(which was later acquired by AOL) and also served as the editor for Engadget. 

Currently, Ryan works at AOL and lives in sunny San Francisco(which apparently isn't too sunny right about now). Ryan has worked on numerous projects such as about.me, and Milk, and was kind enough to answer five short questions for me. 

Transient

How would describe your time at Engadget? Is writing still a part of your life?

Crazy, exhilarating, life-changing, and perhaps above all unbelievably instructional. Most important learning experience I've ever had. I still write something for someone every once in a while, but it's hard to find the time these days.

Apple is said to be releasing a wearable product, many people believe will be a watch. What do you hope to see from this product? And make your call, will it be another blockbuster hit?

It's impossible to say whether it will be a slam dunk, but there are two important things. First, I think the space is ripe for a major player to take the lead, and Apple has a track record of taking up and coming categories (as Jobs called them, products coming into their summer) and defining them. Second, Apple is right a hell of a lot more than it's wrong, so it would be totally foolish to assume they don't have something important brewing.

If you could travel back in time and talk to your 16 year old self...what would you say to him?

Probably not much. Maybe either try harder in school, or just drop out entirely. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing right.

What is the best book you have read recently? Why?

I'm really loving Brad Stone's The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. Very compelling, well written, and exceptionally well researched.

Follow up: by what means did you read it? 

Kindle, natch.

Lastly, describe your future in five words. Why those five?

Whereas I love everything about the future, I really don't spend much time thinking about it in specific, actionable terms.

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