Last week we have received a mail from Nerdywithchildren since they featured two shirts of us (Free bugs and Gimme your brain). So we sneaked around their website to get to know more and we thought it was a cool site and we should introduce it to the laFraise’s community.
Nerdy With Children is the premiere site for alternative parents who want their children to inherit the same awesomely nerdy ways. Our goal is to feature cool products, publish nerd-worthy stories and advice, and create a community where like-minded parents can interact to share thoughts, ideas, and experiences with one another.
Nick and David are definitively cool people with lots of fun ideas. Check out the interview, it’s just some much fun!
- Thanks for the interview, could you please introduce you and Nerdy with children? Where do you come from, what is your background?
David Gorcey : I am California-raised with stints living in London, Finland, and now NYC. I have professional experience in traditional advertising, & online advertising/monetization technology, most recently on the executive team at the Google Ventures-backed VigLink before starting Nerdywithchildren.
Nick Veneris : I was born and raised in Virginia. I attended college in North Florida. I’m now located in NYC. Nerdy With Children is my second business. I launched a successful writing website back in 2006 called Xomba.com. Having been an entrepreneur for most of my professional career, I’m seasoned in most aspects of the business. Currently, I’m focusing mainly on content strategy.
- How did you come up with the idea of creating “nerdy with children”?
Nick: My wife and I came up with the concept. We saw a lack of web content aimed at parents looking for products and ideas that were hip and less mainstream, so we wanted to start a site that would cater to some of the things that nerdy/geeky/alternative parents would be interested in. We try to stay indie focused, while keeping our coverage of mainstream brands down to a minimum.
- How do you choose the products you feature on your website?
We have a couple people who curate items from across the web looking for cool products for kids under 12 that are nerdy/artsy in overall nature. There are some sites we feature products from on a more regular basis, but we try to mix it up and we definitely focus on finding independent merchants/artists from various places including RedBubble, Etsy, and of course, LaFraise. We also have been fortunate enough to have merchants seek us out about featuring their products and have discovered some very cool things that way.
- What are your top 3 nerd/geek must have things?
Tablet computer. We use iPads for work/fun pretty much every day, and unfortunately would probably have some sort of withdrawl without one.
Raspberry Pi, mini computer. Check it out here
French Press. We (mostly David) drink a lot of coffee, and we take it seriously. A French Press does it right, and keeps David from turning into a monster.
- What is your clothing style? Classic, B-Boy, casual, fashion, geek ?
David: I would probably like to consider my style somewhere between fashion and classic. I’m pretty much always in jeans though, and definitely a fan of t-shirts as well, especially when I sleep in later than I should have.
Nick: David is the more fashionable one out of the two of us. Having spent 10 years in the sweltering heat of Florida, you get accustomed to jeans and t-shirts. I’m a big fan of using thrift stores to find cool smoking jackets, flannels and other random apparel for the cold months. Lately, I’ve been trending more toward a rockabilly closet.
- What are your hobbies?
David: I like to stay active, and I enjoy things like running & martial arts. I also love to travel and go for good meals and drinks with friends. You’ll frequently find me reading about current events, technology, or my favorite magazine, Monocle, in coffee shops. But if there is some sort of science programming on TV about the evolution of man, I’m probably staying in.
Nick: As of late, I’ve found myself being less interested in video games and more into nerdy board/card games. I love exploring NYC, collecting vinyl and reading. I’m a big fan of 1950’s rockabilly music. If I had more free time I would write fiction. For relaxation I love assembling LEGOs. I do enjoy catching an occasional game of what you call football, or what we call soccer.
- What are your expectations for this year (in private and job lives)?
David: Professionally, I’m really looking forward to seeing us grow Nerdywithchildren.com this year and we are launching nerdywithpets.com in the next month or two which will also be exciting. Personally, I hope I can balance the responsibilities of working on a bootstrapped startup like ours without compromising the time I can spend with the people important to me and doing the things that make me happy.
Nick: I’m hoping by the end of 2013 we’ll have several websites launched, including Nerdywithpets.com. I think by the end of the year we’ll be rocking and rolling and our traffic should be going viral. On top of all that, my wife and I should be planning to start a family.
Thanks for the nice interview and good luck with Nerdy With Children!
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