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!
I build software that makes creative people more powerful.
Clipisode makes you the host of your own 5-minute daily talk show featuring your friends and fans.
Mar 27, 2016 My reflections on a second trip through the LAUNCH Incubator.
Mar 13, 2015 Yes! Nothing is more important than being able to tell your story.
Feb 21, 2015 Why it's often best to stand on the shoulders of giants.
Oct 22, 2013 If your product roadmap is weighing you down, you should listen to this Steve Jobs story.
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.
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.
I 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.