Vale John PospisilBy Staff Writers in Media News on Thursday, 17th November 2011 at 2:24pm
Independent technology publisher and editor John Pospisil has tragically passed away aged 39, after battling a brain tumour.
John started his career in 1994, launching and editing Computer CHOICE for the Australian Consumers Association before launching Free Access and Total Image magazines under the banner of Total Image Publishing in 1998. In more recent years, he has had multiple consulting jobs, including for Big Switch Projects, Spitfire Communications and becoming a member of the NSW Fair Trading Advisory Council, advising the Minister for Fair Trading, Linda Burnie, in the area of consumer protection.
He also judged multiple times for the Bell magazine industry awards and the ITJourno awards, whilst somehow finding the time to release three books including How To Buy A Computer in 1996, How To Start a Business in the Real World in 2002 and Hacking MySpace in 2006.
John was also seen by friends and peers across the industry as a humble, decent and honest man. This is perfectly encapsulated in his own ‘About’ page, which reads, "I’m husband to Rocio and father to Grace and Hannah - my greatest achievements. The truth is, any material success I’ve had in this life really comes down to being at the right place at the right time. That’s not false modesty, just an acknowledgement of how life truly works."
John's funeral will be held this Monday, 21st November 2011, at 1pm, St Mary's Church, North Sydney.
"It's very sad and shocking news. I worked for and with John during some of the Free Access, Total Image, custom publishing and early Blorge days, although amicably parted ways a few years ago now when I moved to work with iTWire.
“John was a kind, decent, smart and honourable man, honest, clever and innovative in business, and his passing has come decades earlier than it should have. I can only imagine how incredibly heart-wrenching it must be for Rocio, Grace and Hannah who have unfairly lost someone so important far too soon. I'm very saddened by the news.”
- Alex Zaharov-Reutt, iTWire
“I first met John not long after starting ITJourno in 2000, when he and Tom Crawley, whom were the co-founders of Free Access, invited me along to their office to chat about their magazine, which had launched a year or so earlier.”
“The two of them had been responsible for launching Computer Choice before going out on their own, and it was quite clear that John had a very strong entrepreneurial spirit, and his passion for the magazine and creating a title that was accessible to the ordinary computer user was immediately apparent. Free Access was only a tiny operation and it was basically he and Tom, taking on all of the roles involved with publishing the magazine. Having come from IDG, where I saw how many resources went into producing the kinds of magazines that Free Access would compete with, I had more than a few doubts that they would be able to sustain the magazine. But they did for many years, when many other efforts, bankrolled by much bigger budgets, failed."
"Likewise, John managed to make a success of his Blorge blog network, when again, very few other Australians had been able to create a workable model. However, for all this, John was just an incredibly humble and extremely likeable, authentic person. Perhaps because of that, his success as an independent tech publisher has probably largely gone unrecognised within our community. To hear of his passing, at such a young age is just so sad and my deepest condolences to his family and dearest friends."
- Phil Sim, MediaConnect
“He was one of the most decent guys I've ever known - generous with his time and in his business deals and utterly devoted to his wife Rocio and two young children Grace and Hannah. He was always keen for a stimulating and entertaining chat about the machinations of the tech media, and musings over how exactly Google News' algorithms worked. I met him regularly for lunch or coffee and we chewed over ideas for new ventures and swapped tips on our own successes and failures.”
“But as I got to know John better, we connected on a philosophical level as well. He told me about his faith and how God had shown himself to him once. We both shared a deep love for our families. On a professional level, John had a string of successes, borne from his creative, entrepreneurial spirit.”
- Dan Warne, Daniel Warne Client Publishing (From his open letter on DanWarne.com)
"John was a good friend. I was expecting us to be friends for the rest of my life. Friends like these are hard to find, you only get a handful in a lifetime. He was so funny and clever and bright and totally charming. I’ll miss John. Rocio, my thoughts are with you and your beautiful children."
- Ravi Prasad
“I first met John Pospisil when he rang me out of the blue - and I didn’t even know him at that time - and asked if I would like to have lunch, where he asked if I would consider being the editor of Free Access magazine. To someone who had been a freelancer all his life, this was a natural progression and, of course, I jumped at the chance. I only held the position for a year or so before moving on to look after my own magazine, but I can safely say the experience and lessons I learnt from John in that period have been invaluable.”
“It was a hell of a shock to hear that John had passed away. I had no idea he was ill, let alone as sick as we now know he must have been. I was only talking to John a few months ago, asking for some advice, and although we didn’t confer often in the past few years, mainly through distance and lack of opportunity, he was always free with his suggestions and experiences to assist if he could.”
“RIP John, you will be sadly missed in the IT Journo community.”
- David Hague, AUSCAM Magazine
On behalf of all those at MediaConnect and the ITJourno community, we offer his family and friends our condolences.
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