1I wasn’t aware of this for some time, and when I would get compliments about my fabulous marketing articles and essays, I would feel flattered, say thank you, then catch myself a few minutes later thinking “Wait…what essays?” Well, I finally realized what the confusion was all about when I finally googled my name and saw words like, Silicon Valley, New York Times, Fortune, Wired and Wall Street Journal. Since then, I’ve come to terms with the fact that it will be an uphill battle to get to the front page of google when people search for”Andrew Chen”. Those coveted spots belong to Silicon Valley Andrew Chen, Melbourne Andrew Chen, a Fashion Designer, and Texas Andrew Chen, a Lawyer and Advisor. I’ve always thought to myself, “Well it could be worse. At least they’re not graphic designers.”
There’s another twist to this story. Currently, I’m the number one result on google when you search “Andrew Chen Design”. www.andrewchendesign.com
For fun, the other day, I decided to check out page 2, and I found this:
Well, it’s already clear that Andrew Chen is a common name. (One time I was tagged on twitter with @andrewfchen @andrewchen and @AChenKPCB, by @andrewychen who noted how confusing it was for all of us to be involved in startup culture.) So I can’t say I was really surprised to see my name…er…his name show up. Then I looked closely and saw his location. Kansas City.
Sorry dude, didn’t mean to pull an Andrew Chen on you. At least we live in a city big enough for Design by Andrew Chen and Andrew Chen Design to coexist.
So, this ones for all the Andrew Chen’s out there. The Andy Chen’s, Drew Chen’s and the rest of you who have white friends that just call you “Chen”. You’re the man. And good luck finding your URL.
Also, Andrew Chen, Andrew Chen, and Andrew Chen, come check out the silicon prairie – Kansas City BBQ on me . Who knows, you might like it out here, it’s the perfect place to start a venture. I know another designer in the area, and I think I’ve got a great name idea.
1 Kris Edler, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry for all the times you’ve confused stuff written by Silicon Valley Andrew Chen, for mine. I’m sorry it took me so long to realize it. I will still guest blog for Joseph International if you want me too…¯\_(ツ)_/¯