Daniel Bogan – Creator of The Setup

Daniel Bogan is a mischievous, potty-mouthed technoweasel who annoys people into coughing up interviews for his nerdy little site called The Setup. The Setup is a website with a collection of  interviews with people from all walks of life sharing what they use to get their jobs done. Daniel also works for Flickr.

What are you working on right now?

I’m burning through my backlog of interviews for The Setup and re-teaching myself Objective C. Y’know, all the fun stuff one does.

Where did the idea for The Setup come from?

I can’t quite remember why, but about 2 years ago I started out by asking my friend Alex about his tech setup and posted an interview on my site. Then I added more interviews. I eventually moved it to its own domain and kept going.

What does your typical day look like?

I wake up, shut off the alarm, walk my dogs, eat something, commute into the city, grab good coffee, write PHP, invariably break something, deploy the site a billion times, commute home, work on an interview if it’s the right day (I post new ones 3 times a week), post interviews, invariably leave typos in which someone else will pick up on and tweets/emails me about, fix the typos, play video games and sleep.

If you were to start again, what would you do differently?

I think I’d plan out the names and hierarchy of the various software and hardware bits and pieces, something a little more cohesive. I’d like to be able to break it all down by brand and/or platform and show some fun statistics, things like that.

What do you do for fun?

Primarily, I play video games. And coding. Sad, isn’t it? 🙂

Who would you love to interview?

Steve Jobs would have been pretty awesome. Bill Gates. Or maybe Trent Reznor.


The Setup Website: usesthis.com