A lot of bloggers are putting these up nowadays. It’s a good idea. Anyone who covers technology likely owns some gadgets. They may have also worked for a company they now cover, or for one of its competitors. These may not be “conflicts of interest,” but I’ll lay them out, regardless.
- In 2007, I did a small internship at CrunchGear, which was later gobbled up into TechCrunch, which is now owned by AOL.
- In 2009, I did contract PR work for a Yammer competitor called Obayoo.
- In 2009, I did contract PR and content work for oDesk, which recently merged with competitor Elance. Both of these companies are competitors to Freelance.com and Guru.com.
- In 2010, I did contract copywriting work for KarmaCRM, a competitor to CRM platforms such as Zoho, Highrise and several others.
- In 2010, I did contract copywriting work for a website called Taketake, a competitor to tech site gdgt, which is now owned by AOL.
- Laptop: I currently use a MacBook Air (mid-2013). In the past, I’ve used laptops from Samsung (Chromebook), Asus (Windows) and Dell (Windows).
- Smartphone: I currently use an iPhone 5s (Verizon). In the past, I’ve used smartphones from Samsung (Android), Motorola (Android), LG (Android) and HTC (Windows Phone).
- Tablet: I currently use an iPad mini with Retina (Verizon). In the past, I’ve used tablets from Asus (Android), Amazon (Android-ish) and Acer (Android).
- E-reader: I currently use a Kindle Paperwhite.
- Home game consoles: I currently use an Xbox 360, an Xbox One and an Ouya. In the past, I’ve used game consoles from Nintendo, Sony and Sega.
- Portable game consoles: I currently use a Nintendo 3DS. I once owned a Game.com. The box was more valuable than the system.
I’m sure I’ll have to add on as other categories take off (like wearables, for example).