Ben Parr (born February 12, 1985) is an American journalist, author, venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He is the author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, a book on the science and psychology of attention and how to capture the attention of others. He is Co-founder and Managing Partner of DominateFund, a seed-stage venture capital fund. He was previously the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable and a Columnist and Commentator for CNET. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30.
Parr was born in 1985, in rural Princeton, Illinois to Harold E. Parr Jr. and Vilarat Nid Parr. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2002 and graduated as valedictorian from Princeton High School in 2004.
Parr is a serial entrepreneur, having started his first company while attending Northwestern University. In September 2006, during his junior year at Northwestern, he started a campaign to protest the launch of Facebook’s News Feed feature. The group he created, “Students Against Facebook News Feed”, peaked at over 730,000 members before Facebook acquiesced to the protests and added more privacy controls...
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