David LaFontaine is an author and multimedia producer whose work has earned him invitations to lecture all over the world, including a recent Fulbright Specialist program to train journalists, NGOs and pro-democracy groups in Ethiopia. His curiosity and willingness to use himself as a human lab rat to test the latest digital tools, have led him to acquire a wide range of New Media skills.
Those skills have come in handy, as Dave has been contracted to speak, teach, write, craft & execute social media strategies, produce & edit videos, and manage creative teams – but he still hasn’t quite figured out how to beam web pages directly into the audience’s neo-cortex. He is the co-author of “Mobile Web Design for Dummies,” and “iPad and iPhone Web Design for Dummies.”
Dave is a partner in DigitalFamily.com, a firm that offers web and mobile design, content strategy, and internet marketing services.
He does social media audits, using a mix of sophisticated social-analysis and monitoring tools to assess clients’ reputation, the effectiveness of their current social media efforts, and the areas where they can grow.
He started his career in journalism with a Pulliam Fellowship to work at the Arizona Republic. From there, he took off to Venezuela, where he put his fluency in Spanish to good use as the managing editor of the Caracas Daily Journal.
Ultimately, he landed in Los Angeles, where he realized every Cheesehead’s fantasy of not shivering and cursing the starter on his car on days when the temperature drops below -40.
Dave got his start on the internet in 1991, when he joined Prodigy and CompuServe. He was immediate struck by the way users formed communities online to share news, collaborate to create new businesses, develop their own shorthand argot language, and devise new and exciting ways of insulting each other.
For more, please see davidlafontaine.com or his blog SipsFromTheFirehose.com.