About Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins

Doing the things a particle can.

Hey. I’m Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins. I’m the Founding Editor for the SiliconANGLE Network, as well as the Creator and Executive Producer for @theCube.

I’m a Bitcoin early adopter, as well as a blogging, podcasting and social media pioneer. Prior the founding of SiliconANGLE, I worked as Associate Editor at Mashable during its formative years. Prior to my career in startups and media, I worked as a developer for large corporations like Nokia, IBM, Apple and Cox Communications. I live in Dallas, Texas with my wife, two children, three cats and a dog.

This is my personal domain. It’s more or less been my dumping ground for thoughts, opinions, and whatever else catches my interest for more than a few seconds at a time since 1998.

Founding Editor at SiliconANGLE

John Furrier tapped me to help edit SiliconANGLE at it’s founding, and we’ve been pioneering together ever since.

New Media Pioneer

I helped pioneer technologies like streaming radio, podcasting and blogging as a prolific content producer and developer.

@theCube

I created @theCube in 2009, a fusion of a mobile newsdesk with live documentary filmmaking. Our broadcast has been separating the signal from the noise at over 35 tech events each year since, reaching millions of engaged viewers. My primary focus at SiliconANGLE these days is to continue in my role as Executive Producer.

Bitcoin Early Adopter

I came across Bitcoin in 2011. Since then, I’ve been bullish on the technology both with my personal finances as well was my public editorial. I’m available to advise you on your Bitcoin startups, consult with you on your Bitcoin integration plans, or listen to your Bitcoin story pitches.

Mark excels at all things tech, spanning all forms of social media: from blogging to podcasting to videoblogging. He’s a talented writer and speaker, a sharp thinker and a diligent worker. He’s resourceful and not afraid to put in the extra time when the task merits it.

Pete Cashmore, Founder Mashable

I have worked under Mark as a writer, and I have also worked with him on the Mashable Conversations video project. He is a hard worker who isn’t afraid to find multiple solutions to a problem, no matter how frustrating they may seem at times. I have always enjoyed our interactions both of a personal and business nature.

Sean P. Aune, Editor-in-Chief TechnoBuffalo

Don't Be Shy. Get In Touch.

I’m open to press inquiries, product reviews and business development. There are a wide variety of ways to get a hold of me.

The social links all over the site are monitored by me to varying degrees. I’m old school – I answer phone calls more than other forms of communication, so try that first: (903) 253-0143.

You can also try Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, public and private inquiries.

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Stuff I’ve Posted Lately

Look, I say a lot of things. Here are some of them.

I guess #gamergate is still going on?

Preface: I love women in general, and my wife in particular. I believe my wife and I to be equal partners in our marriage and life. My hiring practices as an employer show that I routinely put women in positions of authority in my organizations. I believe women to be just as capable as men in anything they endeavor to be. I do not favor misogyny or stereotyping against women. I believe that there is still progress to be made in society in creating a better world for women. Perhaps most importantly, I’ve neither paid attention to nor do I care about one whit either side in what is/was (is it still going on?) the #gamergate crap. That said, inspired by a #tbt tweet from Cory Doctorow… I present you three permalinks and excerpts from Boing Boing that illustrate a bit of absurdity around the continuing wave of feminism as applied to video games: Exhibit One (published  Sep 1, 2014): Comprehensively addressing the stupid, intellectually dishonest critique of Anita Sarkeesian by Cory Doctorow Whenever the feminist games-critic and survivor of countless outraged misogynist stalkers Anita Sarkeesian’s name is invoked, there follows a flood of men who want to explain that she brought it on herself, that she isn’t a gamer, that she isn’t a good critic, and assorted related rubbish. Indeed, if you mention that Sarkeesian’s critics haven’t got two coherent arguments to rub together and are obviously motived by sexism and denial that their favored pastime is riddled with casual violence and sexual violence against women, you, too, are accused of being part of the Sarkeesian cabal, or a dupe...

End of an Era: Conjunctured Shuttered by September

Via their blog today: Conjunctured, Austin’s first coworking space and one of the original coworking spaces in the world, will be closing its doors at the end of August. Conjunctured first pioneered the coworking movement in Austin six years ago, when coworking was a brand new concept. I was privileged to have debuted Conjectured on Mashable when I was Associate Editor over there. They weren’t the very first coworking spaces in Texas, but they were one of the most active in evangelizing social media, new media and the startup ethos in Austin. I’ve got mixed feelings about them shutting their doors, but it seems like they’ll be carrying on the tradition of evangelizing coworking, only this time worldwide, rather than statewide. Because Conjunctured was the first to introduce me to coworking as a concept (and then through me to the rest of the audience at Mashable), this is most certainly a big part of their DNA and legacy. I’ll be interested in following the next chapters of their...

RTFA: Did you know the Supreme Court writes this stuff down?

One of my biggest pet peeves: Idiots who refuse to listen to the oral arguments or read the written decisions of the Supreme Court, but are somehow legal experts and pundits. Yes, I’m probably talking about you… many of you reading this status message have posted completely asinine analysis of the recent raft of Supreme Court decisions and clearly haven’t read them but still feel compelled to share out that Mother Jones article or that awesome analysis you found at a guest post on Mashable. There’s almost no reason to read analysis of Supreme Court decisions anymore (certainly not the hamfisted chaff passed off as analysis at most pubs these days), since the horse’s mouth is literally available the instant the decision is public. You can listen to and read the oral arguments, free, no paywall. You can read the entire decision, majority opinion and minority opinion (if any). In fact, I suggest you do so rather than read the tripe you think is good. Most of the time, you’ll find that it to be a refreshing experience, devoid of the polemics of debate you see in Facebookland, but still accessible and written plainly. Or, you can carry on in your ignorance and earn my derision. Either way is fine – just don’t be surprised when your “clever analysis” where you refer to the SCOTUS as the SCROTUM makes all your friends universally regard you as a...