Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Eric Miller, co-creator of the Gossup app, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

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Name: Eric Miller

Occupation: Social-media strategist at Barkley, co-creator of the app Gossup

Twitter handle: @schmeric

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa; Olathe

Current neighborhood: The West Side

What I do (in 140 characters): I tell clients what they should and should not do with social media, I help create apps and I like to party.

What's your addiction? Vinyl. Don't underestimate the romance of analog.

What's your game? KU basketball and tennis

What's your drink? Bell's Hopslam. It is the nectar of the gods.

Where's dinner? Anywhere on the West Side or Eden Alley. I'm a vegetarian in a barbecue town, but I fully support my carnivorous friends' lifestyle choices.

What's on your KC postcard? A summer night in Westport

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " We put an emphasis on art, technology and entrepreneurship.

"Kansas City screwed up when ... " We let public education be awful on the Missouri side, making it unattractive for families to live there.

"Kansas City needs more ... " Single people. It is hard to date here.

"In five years, I'll be ... " A trophy husband.

"I always laugh at ... " Innocuous words like "balls" when used in a humorous context. Balls, heh-heh.

"I've been known to binge-watch ... " Adventure Time.

"I just read ... " All of the Internet. Spoiler alert: Cats and babies take over the world.

The best advice I ever got: "Don't start no shit, it won't be no shit." - Lil Jon

Worst advice: My high school career test told me I should be a mathematician or a dancer.

My sidekick: Adam Sanders and Kevin Bradford. They are my Robin and Batgirl.

My dating triumph/tragedy: My girlfriend told me that our first date was her best date ever. There were literal fireworks that she didn't know were going to happen. #triumph

My brush with fame: Barkley helps the Big Slick charity event with Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle. It is a pretty awesome event and benefits Children's Mercy.

My 140-character soapbox: We have great things going on in Kansas City. Get out and support local music, businesses and restaurants.

What was the last thing you had to apologize for? I don't call my mom enough, but I just mentioned her in The Pitch, so that should count for something.

Who's sorry now? My girlfriend keeps beating me in the game Sorry, so I guess her.

My recent triumph: Along with two friends, I launched a social-media app called Gossup. It is beta-testing in Kansas City and Lawrence. Download it on iPhone or Android and try it out!

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