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(excerpted from ) Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins (born January 9, 1979) is a web personality known mostly for his involvement in three projects: RantMedia, BlipMedia, and his personal blog rizzn.com. Professional history He has pulled himself up by his bootstraps in the tech world, starting as far back as age 15, where he started a local area e-publication, which led him to assist in the foundation of the first internet provider in East Texas. During the time he worked with Internet Tyler, they were purchased by a TCA Cable. They employed his skills to roll out the first proprietary cable modem system in the Midwest. Shortly thereafter, Cox Communications purchased TCA Cable, and that infrastructure Hopkins helped put together is the foundation of Cox’s internet division. After his tenure at Cox, Hopkins moved to greener pastures in the Dallas area. It was there he contracted for Apple Computers, Satima Design, Group M7 Design, Microsoft, and NinjaCo Media before he settled in with a permanent gig as a software analyst for CompUSA, part of a twenty person team who administered the point of sales machines for the company. After a year of learning the corporate structure of big business with CompUSA, he received an offer to come program and project manage for Nokia’s internet marketing group. Graciously accepting, Hopkins was involved with three major product launches, most notable of the three being the Ringtone Project, the first attempt to create structure where ringtones could be freely transferred from computers to mobile phones and back. Upon completion of the project, the Director of North American Operations declared Hopkins “...instrumental in his support and research of the project..” and that “..without his work and effort, downloadable ringtones would not be possible.” Shortly thereafter, Hopkins was laid off, along with 500 other of his co-workers in what since became known as the beginnings of the ‘Tech Bust.’ It was then he changed his focus from corporate America to start-ups. Using the knowledge gained in the corporate world helped him advise others in avoiding the pitfalls common to any business, and his credentials combined with his skillset made him an attractive asset. Even with all that, the start-up world can be volatile, and it wasn’t until 2003 that he found a company who’s personalities and goals meshed evenly with his own. In November of 2003 he joined the AACS team in a business and technical advisory role. It wasn’t long before the company’s founders were spending late night brainstorming sessions with Hopkins, envisioning ways to expand the business technologically speaking. The BlipMedia project is a direct result of the brainstorming and subsequent experimentation in new media and new technology by the AACS crew.
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