Spotlight: Product Manager Peter Petrovski

MagMaker / October 6, 2014

My name is Peter Petrovski and my medium is digital.

My love of storytelling stems from my fascination with the intersection of technology, culture and information. I’m passionate about understanding motivations behind human behaviour, identifying problems, brainstorming ideas and crafting solutions that improve people’s lives.

I use Flipboard to curate information, ideas and products. And to be surprised by the serendipitous discovery of fresh content.

The first article I flipped was a TechCrunch article on how Google was planning to send invites out for its Glass Explorer program. I flipped it into my Reading List magazine, and it really typifies the type of content I like to read and curate: innovation—not just from a technological point, but cultural and business innovation.

Flipboard is also great for discovering magazines curated around specific news topics and interests. I followed Carmen B’s The Ferguson Shooting magazine to get my head around the circumstances and context behind what was happening in Missouri. Dan Harris’ 10% Happier is one of my favourite sources to discover new ways to find mindfulness.

The best article I read all week was Vogue’s piece on Jony Ive and the design of the Apple Watch was a rare opportunity to find out more about the man.

Something I’ve found on Flipboard that’s made my life better is the photographic art of “knolling,” which is arranging objects neatly at 90 degree angles. I came across the Tumblr site Things Organized Neatly via Flipboard and kept finding out more about it.

My biggest influences are people and the unknown. I find it interesting to find points of failure or pain in things that people do every day, and then finding out why. The unknown is a powerful source of inspiration because it brings the mind back to the childhood wonder that anything is possible. It’s exhilarating to think that we are imagining the future. As Carl Sagan said, “Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Check out Peter’s magazines for style tips, ways to better yourself, and interesting longreads: