My name is Chris Castiglione. I’m the co-founder of One Month, and a teacher at Columbia University.
Life in Bullet Points
- Dean of One Month
- Teacher at Columbia University
- Host of the On Books podcast
- I care deeply about the environment
- I’m attracted to people with positive energy
- Twitter, Instagram and YouTube
- After college I taught English in Osaka, Japan for a year
- From 2005-2012 I made websites: Black Eyed Peas, Toyota, Amex, Derby Jackpot, and a few dozen more. During that time I also did private training for American Express, Donor’s Choose, The New York Stock Exchange, and General Electric.
- Studied at the University of Amsterdam, New Media MA (2008-2010)
- In 2010, I co-founded the RISK! podcast with Kevin Allison. Since then, the show has grown to over 300,000 downloads per episode! That same year we launched New York City’s first ever storytelling school: The Story Studio.
- I was the first-ever teacher at General Assembly soon after they opened as a co-working space in 2011. I worked at GA for 2 years and developed curriculum for over 40 courses including their #1 best-selling course at the time: Programming For Non-Programmers.
- 2013 – Started One Month with my co-founder Mattan Griffel.
- 2015 – Began teaching at Columbia University
The Shoelace is a short film (3 minutes) that I created as a visual retelling of the 1984 Charles Bukowski poem of the same title. In 2016 the film screened and was nominated for an award at the Charleston International Film.
The Human Experiment (film) is a documentary film narrated and produced by Sean Penn, and Dana Nachman. From 2013 to 2014 I worked with the team to launch their “Switch to Safer” awareness campaign. The film investigates the damaging affects of toxics being absorbed into our food, household products, and bodies. That year we won Best Prototype at PBS’S POV Films Hackathon.
Hacker News Nation [2013-2014] is a tech news series where Mattan Griffel and I count down the week’s top tech stories from Y Combinator’s HackerNews. We ran the show for 28 episodes, and took an indefinite break so that we could make more One Month courses.
The Sound of Songwriting [2010-2011] – a series of 12 interviews I wrote for Crawdaddy! The project started with a simple question: how do great songwriters write songs? This was SO much fun to work on. A million thanks to Angie Zimmerman for believing in the idea! The series includes interviews with Tim Kasher of Cursive, Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Courtney Taylor Taylor from The Dandy Warhols, and more… maybe one day I’ll reignite more of these, but until then.
One Month Bitcoin – The best way to learn about Bitcoin and Ethereum!
One Month HTML is my HTML & CSS class. Learn with me, 30 minutes a day, for 30 days. Along the way we’ll build a landing page, and a blog template.
One Month Responsive Design – learn how to make your websites responsive and mobile-friendly. In this course I teach you how to build four websites.
Programming For Non-Programmers – I bet you have an idea for the next Instagram, but maybe you don’t know where to start? Programming for Non-Programmers is online course designed to help people with non-technical backgrounds communicate more efficiently with developers.
InstallRails.com is a site I made with Mattan Griffel, and Patrick Stapleton to help people Install Ruby on Rails easier (and for free).
ChinaStudyDiet.com is a free course I made to break down the story of the book, research and veganism (animal proteins and their affect on human nutrition).
Music & Videos
Brooklyn Music Collective – Officially the “#1 Brooklyn-based Ukulele / Melodica Cover Band In The World.” My Saturday sidegig with the wonderfully talented Kenny Kline.
Dance at the Postoffice – My music project from when I was living in Amsterdam. This is one of the things I’m most proud of from that time (wow, Marie’s beautiful voice. We did that in one take.).
My Blue Pill – A million years ago I wrote and performed songs with the band My Blue Pill. There were 5 of us traveling around in a U-Haul, we had 3 albums, roughly 100 shows, and it was one of the most carefree, fun and exciting times ever.
Some fun videos I shot: