Zachary "Zach" Schwartz is a writer for VICE ,  Playboy ,  and other magazines. He first gained fame for his writing on Thought Catalog  as well as being one of Rap Genius ' most popular bloggers ever. He is co-founder of the viral hip-hop app Rapchat and co-founder of LEAP, the nation's first-ever high school entrepreneurial accelerator program.  In 2014, Zach had a well-publicized and controversial internship at Rap Genius , and was criticized, along with his mentor (and founder of Everipedia) Mahbod Moghadam , by Bloomberg Businessweek  and Gawker .
Some of Zach's most well-known writing includes playing chess with Wu-Tang Clan , getting a steak dinner with G-Unit , campaigning for president with software developer John McAfee , writing about the Asian men / Black women dating scene,  and spending twenty hours in a strip club. His writing has been syndicated by the New York Times , WIRED , and covered by BBC News , The Huffington Post , and the Columbia Journalism Review . He has done an AMA on Reddit . 
Zach was born and raised in various neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio , going to the same high school as Kid Cudi . He is of Taiwanese , Aborigine and Jewish descent. His father was a Legal Aid attorney and his mother a judicial assistant. He is a senior at Columbia University . [+]