Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Pitch Questionnaire with Ramsey Mohsen, director of social media for Digital Evolution Group

The social media maven talks about vlogging and the tech life.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM


Name: Ramsey Mohsen

Occupation: Director of social media, Digital Evolution Group. Video blogger, speaker, co-founder of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

Current neighborhood: Fairway

Who or what is your sidekick? My video camera (or iPhone). I love shooting video blogs!

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? I would tweet for Jay-Z. Or Mark Zuckerberg.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Westside Local, one of my favorite joints here in Kansas City. Their Summit Burger will change your life. Not kidding.

Where do you drink? At the office (if it's beer:30!). Or Tower Tavern - given that it's our home base and venue for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, this place holds a special place in my heart. Not to mention, the local owners, Grant and Damian, are just plain cool.

What's your favorite charity? Operation Breakthrough. Everyone in this city needs to know the magic that happens here every day. And I and my friends are on a mission to make sure you know about them.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: The Apple Store. Guilty.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Fountains. I mean, really? We have so much more to offer(#ilovekansascity).

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Manifesto and then to a true local food joint in the Crossroads or West Bottoms. Not barbecue (I let my other friends do that).

Finish this sentence: "Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when it ... " Anchored so many iconic brands and businesses, like AMC, Garmin, Hallmark, H&R Block, Russell Stover, Bushnell, Lee Jeans ... I could keep going.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Decided to not build a downtown ballpark. I realize that so much factored into why Kauffman was renovated, but moving it to the West Bottoms or anywhere downtown would be amazing and game changing. A dream come true for many, too.

"Kansas City needs ... " A tech-startup success story. Something that starts here and stays here. It will happen.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Broadcasted my life on the Internet 24/7 back in 2007 on justin.tv. I was a beta tester before it went live to the public. Easily the craziest thing I've ever done (more so than sky diving). Putting myself out there like that taught me so much - most importantly, my love and passion for video blogging.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? TED talks (technically not a TV show, but I watch them like they are). I watch at least one per week, sometimes more, over dinner or lunch. Since they're 20 minutes or less, they're the perfect "program" to turn on while you're eating. Learn something while you eat. I'm always looking to make the best use of my time, down to the minutes and seconds.

____ takes up a lot of space in my iTunes: Skrillex

What movie do you watch at least once a year? The Sandlot

What local tradition do you take part in every year? The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: That's tough - a three-way tie with Will Smith, Marissa Mayer or Sheryl Sandberg. They would have to paper-rock-scissors to see who got to ride.

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: The #SMChat hashtag. Or @overlandparker - this dude is hilarious.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Facebook haters. And iPhone 5 predictors. Chill, people. They'll figure it out. Both will define and change the world. Just give them time to figure it out.

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Using RSS with the website netvibes.com is something I couldn't live without. It's the quickest way to consume a lot in a very little amount of time.

Last book you read: The instruction manual for my Canon T3i.

Favorite day trip: Any time spent on a golf course anywhere.

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Let's just say it involves the movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. You couldn't pay me enough to explain the rest.

Interesting brush with the law? One night, my friends and I found out that you could literally run past those "YOUR SPEED" stationary radar readout screens that they park on busy streets, and it would tell you the mph you're running. Fifteen minutes into doing this, a cop drove by and asked us what we were doing. All we could do was just look back at him and smile. He flashed his light around at all of us, smirked and then drove off.

Describe a recent triumph: I could certainly list work accomplishments and projects here, but to be honest, the volunteer work that my friends and I do for kcsweaterparty.com is the most fulfilling. It's amazing to reflect back on how a basement house party has evolved into one of the biggest holiday benefit parties in Kansas City. Not to mention that this December, it will be featured on the Travel Channel!

Follow Ramsey Mohsen at twitter.com/rm.

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