Interview with Michael Shane(@michaelbshane)

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Today's interview is with Michael Shane of the Verge. According to the Verge:

Michael Shane works in shadow and the dark of night to help keep The Verge running on its proprietary blend of Rocket Sauce.

That means he's the Assistant to the Editor-in-chief.

How/why/when did you start at the Verge?

I've been at The Verge almost a year; I joined the team about a month after the site launched in late 2011. As crazy as it sounds (or maybe it doesn't actually sound that crazy), I got my job by responding to a tweet by Joshua Topolsky, who was looking for an assistant. One snarky cover letter later, and I had an interview. So I'm the assistant to the editor-in-chief, and the scope of my work is difficult to quantify. It's a wonderful challenge. I joined the The Verge because I saw a group of incredibly smart people attempting to make the internet better by creating awesome stuff, and I wanted to help. It's really that simple.

What is it like working there?

Our team has grown a lot over the past year, but it still feels like a family. The Verge is a meritocracy fueled by passion and sincere mutual respect within our team. We share a common goal, and we look out for each other.

Put another way: it's awesome and incredibly challenging. Also, I never want for seltzer.

What does your workspace look like?

New York City. 

But seriously, sometimes I work from my apartment in Brooklyn, sometimes I work from a taxi cab, sometimes I'm behind a camera, and sometimes I'm at our office. Every day is different, and I try not to be beholden to my surroundings when it comes to productivity (honestly that sounds like a luxury to me!). Workspaces, apps, gadgets – these things are all instruments to me, a means to an end. 

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

Happiness.

Favorite animal?

I'll always have a soft spot for the diminutive ferret.

Here is the desktop background I designed for Michael.

David Silverman