Intro to My Medium
My name is Matt and this is my Medium which will be focused on reviewing new technology releases mainly in the consumer space. This will be from the perspective as a user in relation to a specific product and I will be commenting on industry trends in the overall consumer hardware space. By no means will these posts serve as purchasing recommendations, they will mainly be used to analyze industry/company trends. While I hope what I write is informational, these will be opinion pieces where I flesh out my thoughts on the product release, features, marketing, etc.
Before I dive into how this blog will be structured and certain details surrounding how I will be getting product info past what is found on company websites or product launches, I think it’s worth diving into my background a little. I am a student at Chicago Booth pursuing a joint degree for my MBA and Master’s in computer science. Before Booth I studied economics at the University of Chicago where I also played varsity football (roll Roons). Some of my interest in tech came from when I started building computers when I was 12 years old, and ever since then I have consistently paid attention to every launch from Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and many other companies in the computer hardware space. This then quickly bled over to mobile devices as I was just fascinated by what companies could do with custom PCBs and proprietary components. These interests of mine have become a passion and I hope to one day work at a company in the cloud computing or consumer hardware space.
I’d like to take some time and outline some of the specific spaces I am interested in, in addition to admitting some of my product biases as I think that is important for anyone writing opinion pieces about products. Like I mentioned, I am interested in computer hardware and various other mobile hardware devices. For computer hardware, I heavily follow products coming out of the GPU/CPU space from Intel, Nvidia, and AMD. Historically I have always been team green when it comes to GPUs (favor Nvidia) and while that is for the most part true today, the red team (AMD) is looking more and more attractive given the surprising performance of Big Navi. In terms of CPUs, I used to always use and recommend Intel, but I am completely indifferent now given the performance coming out of Ryzen. While I do not focus on them as much, I also follow various other computer components such as memory, storage, coolers, cases, etc.
As for mobile devices, I follow everything from laptops to phones to headphones to fitness trackers. I am an avid user of basically all of these products and I tend to spend more time on the phone/laptop segment as I find it incredibly competitive and interesting to learn about. When it comes to biases in this space I will say this, I do favor PC over Mac but I will never not praise Apple for delivery a great product. In the past I have had some issue with how their products have been launched or specifically the price points of their products relative to performance. I understand there is a price to be part of the “Apple ecosystem” when it comes to their products, but I personally do not value that as highly as others. I believe stated biases are necessary, but I will never not review or have a positive impression of a product just because I favor another company more. Biases are real and they have to be reconciled with every product analysis, Apple just might have to try a little harder to win me over sometimes (joking of course…).
When it comes to reviewing certain product releases, I will be focused on newer releases that more often than not cause ripple effects in the tech industry. Think Apple removing the headphone jack and what that meant for mobile devices going forward. I’d like to sit at the center of articulating high level product reviews combined with market analysis from a product rollout perspective. These writeups will be my own organic thoughts based on what I see at product launches or user reviews. While my opinions on particular hardware/software features may be in line with other mainstream reviewers, I will never claim someone else’s work or thoughts as my own. If at any time I wholeheartedly agree with a unique point of view on a product, I will always give credit to that creator. I am here to add a differentiated point of view to the tech community, not to replicate other people’s work and add to the over saturation that currently exists.
The goal for this blog is quite simple, it is mainly to have a place to put my thoughts regarding products I’ve been following for years. If even a couple people read it and find it interesting/useful that is bonus points. I think preparing written pieces analyzing a product will help me better understand and pay attention to certain aspects of the product like the launch, features, price, and level of innovativeness. This is selfishly going to be for me, but if by a miracle I get some readers, I’d be happy to take requests or even critiques of my thoughts on products. I love talking tech with people so feel free to interact with me. Thanks so much for reading and I am very excited to get started with my blog!