Ian Lamont is a former technology and business journalist whose writing and editorial work have garnered numerous awards. He has written about Apple hardware and software for more than ten years, and with his colleagues at IDG’s Computerworld covered the release of the first iPhone in 2007.
Lamont’s media career has spanned more than 20 years across three continents, including a stint in the British music business and a six-year residence in Taipei, where he learned Mandarin and worked for a local TV network and newspaper.
It was while living overseas that Lamont encountered the World Wide Web for the first time. He was immediately inspired by the power of this new platform. After learning HTML and other Web technologies, he built websites for Harvard University and developed new online services for technology publisher IDG. He was the senior editor, new media for IDG’s Computerworld and served as the managing editor of The Industry Standard. Later, Lamont founded two start-up ventures, including a mobile software company and i30 Media Corporation, which publishes In 30 Minutes guides.
Lamont is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication and MIT’s Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership. He lives in the Boston area. When he’s not working or writing, he likes to spend time with his family, conduct genealogical research and improve his Chinese cooking skills. He has authored several In 30 Minutes guides, including Twitter In 30 Minutes, Dropbox In 30 Minutes, Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, and Excel Basics In 30 Minutes.