About Videos By Andy
Videos by Andy is a project spearheaded by Andy Pargh, who is best known for his work under the name The Gadget Guru.
Starting his career with Texas Instruments in Houston, Texas and involved with the evolution of the handheld calculator and the digital watch, as the silicon chip matured, Pargh became actively involved in innovative products such as the first talking consumer product, TI’s Speak and Spell as well as the digital home thermostat. His next step had him relocating to Miami, Florida and taking a job in sales and marketing at Panasonic where he was a manager in the launch of telephone answering machines.
In the 1980’s Pargh made yet another major change and after two years leasing and selling commercial real estate properties, he took a risk and created The Gadget Guru and specialized in making complicated consumer products easy for the masses to understand. “I was doing well in the real estate business and my Friends and Family thought I was crazy walking away from a successful business in order to create a start-up technology reporting business. But at the time, nobody else was doing this and I trusted my instincts and followed my dream.”
As his Gadget Guru company grew and become more involved in various forms of media, he became involved in many aspects of video production and content creation and during his career, Pargh produced and hosted more than 1,000 local, syndicated and network TV segments and programs, was a regular guest and contributor to numerous TV shows and publications, published three books and even had his own magazine while being on contract as a Contributing Correspondent to NBC News’ Today Show. Pargh also spent decades penning countless newspaper columns that entered nationwide syndication at a record pace and later expanded to a regular, full page feature in USA Today.
Pargh is well known for being an early adopter in the field of online communication and content creation and was an early content provider for services such as CompuServe, AOL and was very early into providing new product information on the Internet. Pargh has been called The Godfather of the modern tech blog.
After his first retirement and not being that enthralled with golf, Pargh, having owned numerous motorcycles over his lifetime, purchased the cutting edge Victory Vision motorcycle and while he was impressed with the bike, he was disappointed in the quality of the information regarding that model and the brand found online. As Pargh says, “The quality of the online content for that brand simply didn’t match the quality of the bike.” From a blank piece of paper, he created the popular VOG Social Network that had a worldwide reach and connected riders and gave them a way to communicate, exchange information and meet up at various locations around the world. While The VOG was centered around Victory Motorcycles, our credo was, “It doesn’t matter what you ride, as long as you make Friends along the way.” Pargh is passionate about his belief that while today’s technology may connect people, it hasn’t been effective in bringing them together. “I’ve done my best to get the people typing on keyboards to have methods to reach others who share similar passions.”
After selling his popular VOG Motorcycle Social Network, Pargh took some time off and realized he’s happiest and at his best when he’s conceptualizing and tackling new projects. “I thrive on the creative process and starting projects that begin with a blank page,” I was involved on the front end of MSNBC.com and it’s an amazing process,” Pargh adds.
Other than Videos by Andy, Pargh is reigniting his GadgetGuru.com brand and website. Instead of hiring huge staffs who may not share the same passion as myself, Pargh spent the past decade working with the same web designer (Debbie at DesignSpinner.com) and together, they have developed formats that can be managed without large staffs. “I’d rather be in a small room with people who are passionate about what they do, than in a large room with people who simply don’t have the dedication or insight it takes to create a successful, well thought out project.”
Pargh adds, “My two favorite parts of the creative process are when a project starts with a conversation and the concept starts to take shape as well as when a dead end is reached. That’s when the creative process truly takes on a life of its own and the experimentation stage begins. This stage can be fast and furious and it’s like adrenaline to me.”
“The most difficult part of the process is knowing when you’re reached your goal and to move on to the next area of production,” said Pargh. “Lingering can be detrimental to the process.”
He adds, “I’ve never looked at a project solely for monetary gains. It needs to be something I can can be passionate about and take pride in.”
Pargh currently lives in South Florida with his Dog Lucy and considers himself very fortunate to be active in numerous philanthropic activities and multiple creative projects. In his words, “I’m the busiest retired guy I’ve ever met.”