Merlin Mann

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Merlin Mann, June 2007 photo by Graham Ballantyne

Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, broadcaster, and productivity guru. Mann currently resides in San Francisco, California, USA. He was formerly regular contributor to MacBreak Weekly on the TWiT network.

Personal Life

Merlin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Florida.

In 1990 Merlin was kindly awarded a B.A. from the New College of Florida. Merlin has worked as a web developer, project manager, waiter, hardware store remodeler, court room exhibit designer, telemarketer, and enthusiastic but unprofitable indie rock musician.


Merlin’s writing has been carried in periodicals like WIRED, Make, Popular Science, and MacWorld, while 43 Folders has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Time, and The Wall Street Journal.

43 Folders is currently enjoyed by over 2,500,000 unique visitors each year, with an oddly popular RSS feed that apparently gets loaded over 100,000 times every day. Aside from writing for 43 Folders, Merlin is also the creator of The Merlin Show, 5ives, and 30 Seconds with Phone Guy. But, his favorite thing he’s ever contributed to is You Look Nice Today. More recently, Merlin’s become a speaker and presenter, who’s received rave reviews for delivering his energetic productivity talks at Apple, Google, Yahoo!, Adobe, Xerox PARC, as well as many other companies and organizations.

At the end of TWiT episode 227, Leo Laporte said he wanted to speak with Merlin off-camera to talk about a potential new show on the TWiT network.

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