About Me

Hi! I’m Sean Blanda. I build editorial products that serve communities. This site is a collection of my writing. Mostly on media, our public discourse, and other fun things.

Current focus: Director of Editorial for InVision and running Pilcrow House, an event series in Philadelphia.

I also have a fun podcast with my buddy Tom Critchlow about content called The Malcontents that is on hiatus. And I run an email newsletter about how tech affects our politics called The Discourse.

Previously, I was the Director and Editor-in-Chief of 99U, the “think-tank” of Adobe’s Behance dedicated to empowering the creative community. There, I led all aspects of editorial including its yearly conferencequarterly magazine, and website. In March 2016, we redesigned and refocused the publication. You can read more about that process here. From February 2017 to September 2018 I was Editor-in-Chief of GrowthLab and I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Founded by Ramit Sethi, both publications help 10,000-plus students lead richer lives. You can read more about what I worked on here.

I was born and raised in South Jersey. I then moved to nearby Philadelphia to attend Temple University in 2004 where I resided until 2012, when I moved to New York City. Then in 2017, I moved back to Point Breeze, Philadelphia. I’ve had lots of help along the way.

I care way too much about Philadelphia sports (#trusttheprocess), drink way too much Coca-Cola, think way too much about modern political discourse, and eat way too much Mexican food.

Independence Day is the best holiday and Will Smith movie, Hotel Yorba by The White Stripes is the best song ever made, the state of Colorado has the best flag. I’ve driven cross-country three times and in 2016-17, I took a sabbatical and visited 10 countries in five months.

Other projects

  • I’m one of the co-founders of Technical.ly, a network of local tech news sites based out of Philadelphia and organizers of Philly Tech Week. You can read more about that here.
  • I’m the founder of BarCamp NewsInnovation (BCNI) a journalism-focused unconference that takes place yearly in Philadelphia. I am no longer involved in its planning and organization. The conference has since changed its name to “KleinCamp.”
  • I wrote Hacking PR, a small ebook to help bootstrapped entrepreneurs pitch the media.

Say hello!

  • Work stuff: seanblanda [at] invisionapp [dot] com
  • Personal stuff: scblanda [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Twitter: @SeanBlanda
  • Instagram: @SeanBlanda
  • Spotify: Sean Blanda

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Short bio:

Sean Blanda is the Editorial Director for InVision. Previously, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Adobe’s 99U and a founder of Technically Media. He currently resides in Philadelphia.

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