It seems the old cliché of two heads being better than one is true. And collaborations in this new digital world only amplify the effect. Look at the power of millions of minds on Wikipedia. Or the real difference microloans from thousands of people make on developing nations.
My name is Alan Lastufka and I am a collaborator.
I am the co-founder and President of DFTBA Records. DFTBA Records was named “Best Online Music Label of the Year” by Mashable during its first full year of business. I am the co-author of YouTube: An Insider’s Guide published by O’Reilly Media, currently in its second printing.
I’ve also co-written numerous hit singles (streamed over 1,000,000 times), including taking the role of lyricist on “Summer of ’09“, “Boxcar Blood” and “Can’t“. And I’m a co-founder of the rock band, The Caulden Road, whose members live and record internationally.
There are a lot of “co-”s in those last few paragraphs. But that’s because I’m continually surprised by what two or more people can accomplish when sharing their combined knowledge and working towards the same goal. Whether that goal is how to distribute media and physical merchandise more efficiently or writing the next “theme song of our generation”1, the process is the same.
There are many opportunities for you to share your knowledge with me on this site, and a few ways you can share my work with your friends and peers. You should feel invited to leave comments on articles or email me from my contact page. And make generous use of the “share this” twitter and facebook buttons at the bottom of most pages. Maybe we’ll get to work together soon.
1 Quoted from a review of “Summer of ’09″ by Morgan McCarty.