Zachary Crockett is a writer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

His work — which covers sub-cultures, strange communities, and  off-beat inventions — has been featured by The Atlantic (Longreads), NPR’s Marketplace, TIME, Gizmodo, The Huffington Post, and Priceonomics, where he is currently a senior writer.

Before joining Priceonomics, Zachary was one of ten employees at early stage start-up, Hyperink Press (YC ’11), where he managed a web-based team of 150 freelance writers and published books with Forbes, 7×7, and Reddit founder, Alexis Ohanian. Prior to this, he was an editor at National Geographic Ed./Cengage Learning.

Somewhere along the way, he spent nine months in South America, where he hitchhiked through eight countries, interviewing traditional artisans and musicians and learning their crafts. His experiences were published in a series of travel narratives. He’s also solo-hiked California’s 223-mile John Muir Trail, trekked the mountains of Patagonia, and slogged through the Amazon Rainforest.

Zachary is also a musician, a cartoonist, and a community activist. In February 2015, he organized an online campaign that raised more than $180,000 for fire victims in San Francisco.