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Who am I?

I grew up in Brooklyn, went to college in Texas and started a family in Westchester just north of NYC. In 2015, I moved my family across the country to the suburbs of San Francisco so I could chase my startup dreams. The Bay Area gravity is strong!

What do I do?

I build software that makes creative people more powerful.

In March of 2016, we announced our new app Clipisode at the 15,000-attendee LAUNCH Festival.

Clipisode makes you the host of your own 5-minute daily talk show featuring your friends and fans.

Watch our 4-minute presentation and sign up for beta access.

What do I write about?

LAUNCH Incubator 3: The Legend Continues

Mar 27, 2016   My reflections on a second trip through the LAUNCH Incubator.

Introducing Clipisode

Mar 13, 2016   Watch us introduce Clipisode and answer questions from expert startup judges on stage in San Francisco.

The End of Recurrency

Feb 20, 2016   Here are many of the reasons that factored into the decision to shut down Recurrency.

YouTubers Just Got YouTubered

Oct 22, 2015   This isn't the first time a platform has changed the rules, exerted its power and rocked people's worlds.

Is '1,000 True Fans' Too Good To Be True?

Oct 8, 2015   My site Recurrency was built on the 1,000 True Fans model — a model that might be broken.


Sep 24, 2015   Does the coming Adblockalypse mean the death of publishers and advertisers?

Should you apply to the LAUNCH Incubator?

Mar 13, 2015   Yes! Nothing is more important than being able to tell your story.

The second mouse gets the cheese.

Feb 21, 2015   Why it's often best to stand on the shoulders of giants.

The burden of a startup CEO's roadmap

Oct 22, 2013   If your product roadmap is weighing you down, you should listen to this Steve Jobs story.

If you build something for everyone, it works for no one.

Sep 20, 2013   Sometimes you know what the right path is, but little compromises add up and take you way off course.

Read way more in the full news archives.

How did I get here?

I started out doing tech support, art direction, writing and editing for print magazines before diving into web design and development in 1995.

AOL acquired my blog network Weblogs, Inc. in 2005 and my Blogsmith CMS in 2006. Our blogs Engadget and Autoblog are still going strong there and our platform was so flexible and scalable that they moved AOL.com onto it. After AOL, I built a better CMS called Crowd Fusion, raised money from some amazing investors, found my way as a startup CEO and worked with some of the largest media companies at the cutting edge of online and tablet publishing. In 2012, I became so fascinated with the trend of retail brands becoming content creators that I merged my company with a UK-based brand publishing company called Ceros and together we released a SaaS platform that allows designers to collaborate in realtime and build jaw-dropping shoppable content experiences which work on tablets, smartphones, desktops and even embedded in Facebook.

In 2015, I decided to take on the recurring crowdfunding space to help creators make a living doing what they love. I eventually uncovered some flaws in the existing business models and zeroed in on one particular behavior to improve: fan engagement.

What do I talk about?

speak at conferences and give private talks at companies on a variety of topics including brands becoming publishers, being creative in a technical world, life as an entrepreneur, publishing technology, the only two things a startup needs and (my favorite) how to run your business like Tony Stark.

How can you reach me?

The best way to contact me is @brianalvey on Twitter. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn or email me.