Marco Arment

Marco ArmentMacro Arment is an American programmer and writer. He studied in Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  In 2006, he moved to New York and started working in the field of web development.  He cofounded Tublr with David Karp.  He is mainly known as the creator of Instapaper. However, he finally sold it in 2013 after running it successfully for nearly five years. Since December 2006, he has been running a blog which is very successful and has many page views per month. He has also created podcast Build and Analyse with Dan Benjamin.
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Born: June 11, 1982 (age 33), Columbus, Ohio, United States
Education: Allegheny College
Occupation: Programmer, Writer
Nationality:  American
Known for:  Tumblr, Instapaper, Bugshot, Overcast, Build and Analyze, Neutral, Accidental Tech Podcast

With Instapaper, I can take a few months off. I can't stop publishing 'The Magazine' for two months and work on something else.

Instapaper wouldn't be of as much value if it weren't for these mobile and e-reader devices. They give you a separate physical context for reading.

People love information. Right now in our society, we have an obesity epidemic. Because for the first time in history, we have access to food whenever we want, we don't know how to control ourselves. I think we have the exact same problem with information.

Instapaper does support paywall sites. I have a list of them, that when someone saves something it sends a copy of the page as they are viewing it only to them. If you subscribe to a paid site, you can save the content. I'm not really touching the money.

In the modern desktop environment, with multitasking and alerts and constant activity, there are always more distractions. When you're at a computer, your hands are always on the controls.

I started out from a pretty modest background, so I always had a pretty good sense of money. I always had to work for my money, save my own money, I always bought my own stuff with my money... trying not to waste money unnecessarily.

Apple already had everyone's billing information from iTunes... you could buy things just by typing in your password... That, for the first time, brought very, very easy payment to the modern software world. That, more than anything, is why there is a business for paid apps.

People want to download publications quickly and read them without cruft. Publications that started in print carry too much baggage and usually have awful apps. 'The Magazine' was designed from the start to be streamlined, natively digital, and respectful of readers' time and attention.

Instapaper is much bigger today than I could have predicted in 2008, and it has simply grown far beyond what one person can do. To really shine, it needs a full-time staff of at least a few people.

As long as I manage investments properly and don't spend recklessly, Tumblr has given my family a strong safety net and given me the freedom to work on whatever I want. And that's exactly what I plan to do.


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