PRINCETON/SAN FRANCISCO — Princeton native Ben Parr has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the "Top 30 Under 30" in technology and applications.
Forbes Magazine makes its annual selection in 12 different categories, including technology and applications, art and design, law and policy, music, media, finance, entertainment, real estate, food and wine, science, energy, and law and policy. The magazine described its selections as their field's brightest leaders, engaging, surprising and incredibly hard-working, representing the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation.
In the recent Forbes Magazine announcement, Parr is photographed with Matt Schlicht and Mazy Kazerooni as co-founders of #DominateFund, a new seed-stage capital fund investment firm which focuses on its Hollywood connections.
In an interview last week with the Bureau County Republican, Parr said he's honored with the Forbes Magazine recognition, which was announced in December. Forbes Magazine has its own selection process, but the focus of the selection was based not only on the current year's accomplishments but also takes into consideration previous years' accomplishments. After all, the present is built upon the past, Parr said.
A graduate of Princeton High School, Parr graduated in 2008 from Northwestern University with a double major in political science and the science of human culture, with a minor in business. While still in college, he began writing for Mashable, a social media news website that covers trends and news on hundreds of social networks including Facebook, Google, Twitter, My Space and YouTube.
Within the year, Parr was named co-editor of Mashable, which had a readership at that time of more than 10 million people worldwide. Parr has spoken at various conferences and been interviewed on CNN News, talking about social media issues like Facebook security.
Today, in addition to being a co-founder and managing partner of #DominateFund, the San Francisco-based Parr is a columnist and commentator for CNET, a technology media website, and has extensive social media outlets, including Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Google. Following him on social media has been proven to increase a person's happiness by 12.5 percent, Parr claimed.
In his recent BCR interview, Parr said he has exceeded the goals which he set for himself in high school.
"I went to college to be an astronomer. But I always envisioned being on the management end of a science company," Parr said. "My life goal in high school was to build a commercial space station. That is still my final life goal, and I will accomplish it before I die."
Looking back to a 2009 interview with the BCR, Parr said he wanted, at that time, to run his own company, write, do media, and to change the world by building with ideas and concepts. Those goals are being met, Parr said last week.
"I think I've exceeded anything I could have imagined for myself in 2009," Parr said. "I am running my own company; I'm writing a book; and now I have the opportunity to do much, much more. Starting a company and helping change the world through entrepreneurship have been my goals, and so far I've succeeded."
However, Parr said he's not even close to being finished.
"I still have a lot to do to promote entrepreneurship around the world. And I still have to build a commercial space station," he said.
Parr is the son of Ernie and Nid Parr of Princeton.
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