About Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins

Doing the things a particle can.

Hey. I’m Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins. I’m a venture partner at Barista Ventures, and the founder of the Roger Wilco Agency.

I’m the formerly 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.


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.

Stuff I’ve Posted Lately

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

Regressive Silicon Valley

(This was originally a post on my Facebook wall) My good friend and professional peer Anne A. Ward was recently interviewed by CNN. It's a good watch; this episode, and the whole series. If you're not following this CNN series on Silicon Valley's issues with sexual...

Let’s vote FOR a candidate, for a change.

Hey. I've been trying to tone down my political commentary this year in my public timeline and blog posts this year. Not sure how well I'm succeeding at that, but I feel like I have to say something that isn't a joke or meme after this last debate.   I'm breathing a...