Name: Mike White
Title: Editor & Publisher
Company Name: GreaterPatchogue.com
Mike White didn’t take a summer vacation. White, a Long Island native who graduated from St. Anthony’s in South Huntington in 1997, and went on to earn a bachelor’s in English from University of Delaware and master’s in journalism from Columbia University, unveiled GreaterPatchogue.com, an online-only news source, in July. The 36-year-old and former Daily News police reporter is a one-man show, serving as GreaterPatchogue.com’s editor, publisher, marketer and reporter.
Before the venture’s launch party at Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue on Wednesday, August 26, White shared his thoughts on his career and some success secrets with Long Island Pulse.
Long Island Pulse: What was the key step that really got your career underway? Was there a watershed moment that you remember as being particularly important to starting your career?
Mike White: I was acing college English classes. My dad suggested I report for the paper; I didn’t want to. He told me Hemingway wrote for papers and it suddenly seemed cool.
Pulse: What do you credit as the secret to your success?
MW: Not listening to well-meaning but ill-informed adults as a kid. Then, always striving to do your job to your boss’s satisfaction. That’s how you advance at a company.
Pulse: How do you define success?
MW: Making enough money to pay your household bills while doing something you’re passionate about. If you keep your bills low, success is that much easier to attain.
Pulse: How do you make yourself stand out?
MW: I really like to make good first impressions. Actually, I feel like that’s everything.
Pulse: What makes you different from your peers?
MW: Perhaps an ever-present feeling of inadequateness. At this point in my life I’m realizing this may be my greatest gift. It’s helped me try to do great things.
Pulse: What was the most important thing you learned from other bosses you’ve had?
MW: In journalism, always carry a notepad into an editor’s office, because you’re likely getting an assignment. You’re not being invited in there to hang out—typically.
Pulse: What attracts you to the people you include in your social circle?
MW: I like people who crack me up and don’t seem judgmental. I’m also attracted to big thinkers who can really be inspiring if you pay attention to their madness. Anyway, I cast a wide net.
Pulse: What qualities do you most negatively respond to in other people?
MW: My dad (big influence) always told me to find something to like about everyone, because you might end up having to be around them all the time. This is the best advice anyone can get.
Pulse: What makes you want to count someone as a close associate or a trusted ally?
MW: Sincerity. I can usually tell when someone’s being honest or thinking 10 steps ahead to try to get over on me or someone else.