Kostas Farkonas was born in 1973 in Athens, Greece and has been spending the most part of his – spare or not really spare – time with computers, gadgets and games since the age of 10. He’s not overly fond of referring to himself in the third person, but absolutely hates writing about himself in the first person… so third person it is. Not your typical example of a Panteion University Mass Media & Communication graduate, he chose to focus on IT, telecommunications and home entertainment reporting from day one of his career. Twenty three years later? Not a moment of regret about that.
That career began with a few articles published in a Greek magazine called Professional Amiga in 1991, but it was really in 1993 – by starting reporting for the second largest Greek daily newspaper, Eleytherotypia – when things got rolling. In 1995 that newspaper introduced the first Greek tech-focused inlet for its extremely popular Sunday edition, called Info. There was ample opportunity for mainstream and/or specialized tech reporting in that, helping Kostas establish a permanent presence in Eleytherotypia for many years. It was not until July 2007 that he chose to leave Eleytherotypia and move on.
From 1996 to 2009 – while reporting for Eleytherotypia and after leaving it – he regularly contributed to other Greek tech, lifestyle and business media. Those ranged from weekly to monthly publications, like neo, Cyberweek and Kiniti Tilefonia to Know-How, Infotainment Arena, Athinorama and Ey Zhn. He was a columnist and features/reviews editor for the Greek editions of magazines such as .net and Computer Arts (Future Publishing), PC World (IDG) and PC Magazine (Ziff Davis). He also worked on TV while being on the team of Greece’s first weekly mainstream tech show, Infohora (1996-1997), by contributing script and video for reviews on PC programs, multimedia apps and games.
Kostas’ love for the Internet, though, has always been stronger than the love for traditional media or TV. He started using it in 1991 – through the «Ariadne» Greek universities network – and pursued every opportunity to utilize it ever since. In 1996 he’d gathered enough knowledge so as to design and develop the first Greek Web site focusing exclusively on computing, telecommunications and home entertainment: Homo Digitalis. A group of investors, forming a company called MediaOne in 1999, took note of that and proposed the development of a new Web portal along the same lines. That portal, Gamelife, was one of the first commercial media of the Greek market focusing on digital entertainment. In the next 4 years – until 2004, when Kostas chose to move on – Gamelife became the definitive source of information on its subject matter, respected by both its audience and the major companies of the home entertainment sector.
In addition to the above, Kostas has been a business consultant in various roles from 1999 onward. In this capacity he worked for Microsoft as a press office consultant on hardware and home entertainment products for 3.5 years, for Sony as a press office collaborator and project manager (overseeing the development of the first Greek PlayStation and PSP Web sites) for 5 years, as well as for Nintendo (overseeing the development of its Greek Web site and curating the relevant product/press material). He also worked as a contractor for a number of other non-tech companies in the Greek market, mainly as a project manager and quality assurance manager on their Web sites and/or intranets.
These days Kostas is the general director of Athinorama Digital, the part of Athinorama – one of the most popular Web sites in Greece – that focuses on technology and the home entertainment market for a broader audience. He’s also heavily involved in Athinorama’s parent company mobile efforts. He’s still selectively undertaking the management of projects related to the Web, mobile, tablet and Smart TV environments as a consultant, while exploring opportunities in the custom digital content space. He’s also, well yes, updating this very Web site when time allows for it.
When he’s not spending time on computers, the Internet, video games, gadgets and home cinema equipment, yours truly makes an effort to keep away from screens of all kinds. He even succeeds in doing so occasionally. What free time remains in weekdays and weekends is spent on books, movies, chess and a young golden retriever. Music accompanies whatever he does in daytime (TV watching is strictly limited to movies and snooker), traveling is part of the job (he loves it anyway), good wine is always appreciated (more so when it’s white and fruity).
As one would expect of a person that «is on the Internet» for more than two decades, Kostas Farkonas can be found in almost all the popular Web places of today. His Facebook page can be found here, his Twitter account flows here, his LinkedIn profile resides right here, his music video clips are published on Vimeo and on YouTube here and here respectively, while the wallpapers he’s making from time to time are included in this Flickr collection. No, he does not have an active Foursquare account. Why make it that much easier for the NSA people?