Chris Matyszczyk is a writer, speaker and adviser to corporations and individuals.

His last name is pronounced Maty-sh-ch-yk. But certain Anglo-Saxons decided this was too far much trouble, so he’s often referred to professionally as Chris Majestic. But not always.

He currently advises corporations and individuals on content creation, advertising and marketing through his company HOWARD RAUCOUS LLC. His clients have comprised some of the world’s largest corporations, as well as some of the more quirky small brands — and even some very strange people.

There’s also the blogging thing. This came out of nowhere.

While advising CNET, Chris created the CNET News blog TECHNICALLY INCORRECT. This blog now enjoys a worldwide following far beyond anyone’s sane expectations.

Somehow, Mediapost decided that he’s the Most Influential Person on Madison Avenue.

He’s been named the Most Influential Content Marketer in the US.

He also wrote one of the 20 Most Read Posts on the Web Since 2009. (It was one about engineers and idiots, naturally.)

Recently, he’s also created another column on Inc.com. It’s called Absurdly Driven.

In the past, he’s offered his thoughts to CBS News.com about cultural artifacts such as Dancing With The Stars, American Idol and the World Cup.

He’s a man of many distractions. He’s appeared on NPR, the BBC, WABC NY and numerous other radio stations. He talks about, well, all kinds of things related to the news, technology, sports and social media.

His speaking engagements tend to stir. Gawker described him as “hilarious.” This was an unusual kindness.

For a while, he was a co-host on the Sports Overnight America show on the internationally syndicated Sports Byline USA.

Chris spent much of his advertising career in Europe, Asia, and the US. His last corporate stop was as EVP Executive Creative Director for the Publicis Groupe in New York.

There, his work was occasionally liked by some people  — especially a campaign for Brookstone’s Uzap that brought a nod from the Cannes jury.

Mixing outdoor, promotional techniques and guerilla PR (if you can call Skinny Santas ‘guerillas’) the Uzap campaign culminated in Katie Couric extolling its virtues live on air and then gifting a Uzap to NBC’s David Gregory. The budget was roughly a week of Katie’s salary.

Before New York, he was Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director of Bcom3’s Highway One in San Francisco where ,amongst many other things, he launched ebooks for Microsoft, a campaign that Si Newhouse described as “brilliant” and that exceeded the client’s targets by 400%.

He was also responsible for one of the first ever viral campaigns when he and his team bought space on building sites and holes in the road to claim that this was, in fact, damage caused by live dinosaurs on their way to the Natural History Museum.

His campaign against Domestic Violence in Poland (which caused national and international debate) was covered by news media all around the world. The work ended up being featured in a front page story in the New York Times.

Currently, he tries to balance the different strands of his career and is sometimes asked to speak, as well as write, but rarely both at the same time.

He was most flattered, though, by a tweet from Dan Dowdle that suggested he was “America’s funniest columnist post-Dave Barry.”

Who is Dan Dowdle? Chris has no idea, but he seems like a very nice man.

Please feel free to contact Chris here or at 415 233 2001. Especially if you want to give him work, money, or money for work.

In case you didn’t realize, there is a hefty chunk of irony and sarcasm to his writing.

 

Write us your thoughts about this post. Be kind & Play nice.
  1. Hi Chris,

    I liked your article on the FIFA goal technology. We’re doing this subject on tomorrow’s episode of our current affairs program called Aljazeera’s Inside Story. We would really like to have you on the show.

    The show is for Feb 22nd at 9am New York time. Please contact me if you’re interested.

    Best,
    Phuong-Y
    +974 5598 8003
    phuongy.nguyen@aljazeera.net

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  2. Chris:
    I would love to book you on the Steve Malzberg Show. Can you shoot me an email?

    Thanks!
    Chad

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  3. Just wanted to say hi. “Hi.”

    d

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  4. Chris,

    Thank you for commenting on my comment to your commentary on “Rush Limbaugh: Apple is Republicans, Google is Democrats” on August 4th. I was just browsing my RSS list of CNET headlines today, and as soon as I saw the headline “Church sings to members: Get off Facebook”, I knew you had to have written it.
    Then I thought, “…once again, I’m going to trip over the pronunciation of his name while I’m saying it in my mind.” So I searched on Google for ‘how does ” Chris Matyszczyk” pronounce his last name’ and came to your page here. After seeing your phonetic spelling, I can finally say, “I still don’t quite know how to pronounce his last name.” People quite often mispronounce my last name, and so I always like to know how to properly pronounce people’s names.
    I also like to write sometimes, but it often seems like so much… well, work. Now, don’t get me wrong – it’s not that I mind the work – it’s the effort that goes into the work that seems so effortful and workish, if you get my meaning.
    Well, anyway, your writing usually brings a wry smile to my mind (and my face along with it), and this seemed like as good a time as any to let you know that your work is enjoyed and appreciated, and it’s also fun to read all the (serious) comments at the end of your articles criticizing your opinions, and proving that even though they read the words, they forgot that sometimes in life, you have to read between the lines to get the real meaning. Cheers.

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    • admin says:

      Steve,

      Thank you for such a kind comment.

      Yes, it’s between the lines that I function. I’ve seen quite a few things in life (only some of them good) and the only way I’ve managed to handle them is with at least attempted humor.

      I realize that not everyone gets it. I think that’s a good thing.

      I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

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  5. Marco says:

    Hi Chris,

    A new Android application has just hit the Google Play Store called NumberSnap and I thought you may possibly be interested in writing a review some day:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marco.numbersnap

    Regards,

    Marco

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  6. Brenda says:

    Yahoo’s CEO has more to worry about than how her logo looks. She should be worried about the fact that she has her head in the sand while her in only the last 3 days, over a quarter of a million users have left Yahoo faster than rats leaving a sinking ship.

    I’m Nightowl >8# and in 2010, I created a group where Yahoo users came and made a stand against the changes they made to Yahoo Classic Groups, and we won. This time the devastation is complete. They have rolled something out called NEO, and imposed it upon Group Members without any warning, or having fully tested it. It has made the Groups interface unusable for thousands of users.

    The worst part of this NEO change is that the groups themselves haven’t been Neoized, it’s the members at random. So a group can have 2000 members and only half see the NEO interface while the others do not. This has rendered the Moderators almost powerless to help. Management tools are not working, links don’t function, even simple things like the homepage picture are next to impossible to change.

    Disabled and Elderly people cannot navigate this interface. It does not meet the ADA requirements. Groups like cancer support groups or medical groups that are set up for obtaining medical information and medicines are unable to communicate with their patients, and this is endangering their lives. Educational groups are unable to reach their students, and the students unable to get their assignments and are losing money. & Freecycle groups are discovering that their private information exchange has gone public, revealing addresses, phone #’s etc.

    Despite 38,062 votes against NEO which accumulates by the second, and pleas of thousands of users in their Yahoo Feedback Thread, nothing has changed. So group users and moderators have once again come together in my group to stand against being forced into this failed NEO attempt. We need your help! Please help us get our story out in the Public Eye?

    You can come to my group for information (it is public, you don’t have to join), and I’ll give you the link to the feedback thread.

    Please help us? The Yatanic is sinking while the CEO paints the hull!

    Thank You Sincerely,

    Brenda Fowler
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/modsandmembers/

    Yahoo Groups Feedback Thread:
    http://yahoo.uservoice.com/forums/209451

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  7. Jen says:

    Congrats – you’ve also been nominated as one of the Biggest Egotistical Assholes on the Planet.

    Wait, did I mention you’ve been nominated as one of the Biggest Egotistical Assholes on the Planet?

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  8. rdhood says:

    on your article on Knee Defender:

    You must be a short little man. No one 6′ or over would have EVER written that drivel that you did on Knee Defender. I am 6′ with a 35″ inseam. My knees TOUCH the seat in front of me. There is no room for anyone to lean back in their seat (in front of me) without causing ME major discomfort. So screw you. You will never lean back into my space… knee defender or not. Your beef is not with knee defender or the guy using it.. it is with the airline.

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    • admin says:

      Of course you are right.

      Well, except for the fact that anyone leaning back is not doing anything against United Airlines rules and someone using Knee Defender is.

      One thought might be to share your pain calmly with the person in front. There again, the self-righteous and self-centered might choose not to do that.

      What if the person in front has a back condition and needs to lean back? Do their needs come secondary to yours?

      Some might wonder whether, in fact, it’s you who has the beef with the airline, rather than someone who is, at least in the airline’s eyes, doing nothing wrong.

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    • admin says:

      Oh, and I almost forgot.

      I am not short at all.

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  9. OMG. !!!!!
    We share the same last name !!!!!! Any relation?

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  10. Jo Johansen says:

    Hi Chris,
    I read your article about Markus Persson and was inspired to write this for him.
    I hope you can send it to him on my behalf. Thanks for an enlightening article.
    Though I am not from the video game generation, I know that challenging games build spacial skills.

    Markus Notch Persson

    Your present sadness
    Will soon move out
    To be replaced by joy
    Surround yourself with gladness
    You deserve without doubt
    For you to truly enjoy.

    It is your creativity
    Through your gift
    That brought your success
    Your games through activity
    Build skills to uplift
    Many say THANK YOU Markus.

    I pray you continue to find
    As your life refills
    The outlet for your passion
    Games that challenge the mind
    Building spacial skills
    Will never go out of fashion.

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