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My GQ France Piece on Steve Wozniak Is Out …

The essay I wrote for GQ France with my interview of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak just came out online. It was in the print version last month and I’d almost forgotten about it.

This was a short, fairly easy project to do — if only because Steve and I have spent 100s of hours in interviews during the course of the creation of our book, iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It (WW Norton) back in 2004-2006.

You can find that book here, if you’re interested. It’s simple in delivery, which is how Steve wanted me to write it, but I’m proud to conclude now, 10 years later, that it really is holding up!gq france article steve wozniak by gina smith

As for the article in GQ France, these editors were a pleasure to work with. Something tells me I’ll be pitching them a lot in 2016 …

Happy weekend, everyone.



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Throwback Thursday: SF Chronicle “Ask Gina” Column in 1996

gina smith bioIt’s Throwback Thursday here in 2016. Man.

Twenty years ago, you know what I was doing? I was writing a column called “Inside Silicon Valley” for the  San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle Sunday edition. (The two papers were combined back then, and both were Hearst Publications).

At the same time, I wrote a syndicated column, based at the Examiner, called “Ask Gina.” I think it was the very first computer advice column ever. This is back when I was hosting the On Computers radio call in show with Leo Laporte, so the whole thing felt not so revolutionary. You can check out the link here … or read below.

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Who’s Gina Smith?

I’m Gina Smith. An award-winning scitech journalist, I’m the New York Times bestselling author of Apple founder Steve Wozniak’s biography, iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It (WW Norton, 2007/2014), and several other books you might have heard of.

I’m also a former ABC News on-air network correspondent and a four-time tech CEO. Read more about that stuff here.

As the founder and editorial director of aNewDomainBreakingModern and the new SkewedNews with Ted Rall. I run a team of some of the best writers, editors, cartoonists, columnists and video creators in the business. We do journalism. All three of those sites are rare birds — independent, non ad-supported, non-monetized media outlets. That is why we’re able to do so much old-fashioned journalism on those pages. No one and nothing compromises us. If you like deep, authoritative and reliable coverage on tech, politics, sports, music, current events and more, we aim to deliver.

But someone has to pay the bills.

To foot the cost of such independent journalism, my team and I help Fortune 50 firms in branding, marketing and all manner of content marketing services. We assemble plug-in editorial, social, web and video teams that provide corporations with a beefy stream of shareable, evocative content on their blogs and other sites. Content that is journalistic in quality and gorgeous to read and watch. We helped launch Dell Tech Page One, HTC’s BreakingModern millennial culture blog and other high profile projects.

If you want to know more about what we do or what we’ve done, email me at and cc

I also give a lot of speeches and moderate a lot of panels. If you’re heading to the BOAO Asia Forum in China from March 22 to 25, 2016, let me know.

Here’s my CV, by the way.

And here’s the Gina Smith page on Wikipedia.

Follow me @ginasmith888 and +GinaSmith on Google. Email me with questions, ideas, business proposals and more at Or just leave a comment below. It’s all good.



How To Reach Gina Smith

Trying To Reach Me? Here Are The Best Five Ways

gina smith bioTrying to reach me? I get it. Sorry if it is taking you awhile. Here’s a list I hope can help. In order, here are the best ways to reach me.

The No. 1 way to get me is through old-fashioned email. and both work great. Please don’t use my Gmail address. It is always slammed — and I rarely look there.

My most excellent assistant is Renee does check her Gmail, though. You can email her there at She always can track me down.

You also can send me a message via my LinkedIn account, even if you’re not connected with me.

You can direct message me on Twitter @ginasmith888, send me a message via my +GinaSmith page on Google or send me a message on either of my two Facebook accounts, either the big one or the little one.

If you are trying to book me for a speech, the Washington Speakers Bureau represents me. If you want to me to write a book, my book agent is John Brockman in New York.

If you have my 415 cell number, you can text me on it — but calling is generally a bad idea if you actually want to talk to me.

If all you need is my CV, here it is. And here’s the Gina Smith page on Wikipedia in case you are wondering if I am the same person you think I am : )


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