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Mar 25, 2014   When you rule your empire with an iron fist, you can keep that empire beautiful.

The Contently Show: How Nimble Publishers Survive

Mar 10, 2014   The future of publishing! Plus Bing Crosby vs. Forbes vs. 311.

Entrepreneur's 10 Questions on Mobile

Mar 4, 2014   Mobile used to be the future. It used to be a trend. Now it's the norm.

CNN Money: How to survive a merger

Oct 31, 2013   Three great tips from CNN Money to make sure your merger isn't a disaster.

LinkedIn recommendations

Oct 24, 2013   Your co-workers on LinkedIn: betcha can't recommend just one.

Launching The Daily

Oct 23, 2013   It's style vs. substance behind the scenes at iLaunches.

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.

Hack attack!

Oct 21, 2013   The LAUNCH Hackathon has a ridiculous $1.6M prize fund, but the barrier to entry is high. And that's good news for everyone.

The speed of code

Oct 19, 2013   As you might guess, door number three is both the most desirable and the hardest to open.

Read more in the full news archives.

What do I do?

I build software that makes creative people more powerful.

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

AOL acquired my blog network Weblogs, Inc. in 2005 and my Blogsmith CMS in 2006. Many of our sites including Engadget, Autoblog, Joystiq and TUAW still live on. 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. Two years ago 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 and together we invented 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.

Currently, I'm writing a book about the Brand Publishing Revolution and kicking around some plans for a new startup. I also advise more than a dozen companies — from small startups to large international corporations.


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.

You can also check out ExpertFile's Brian Alvey profile page.

Let's keep in touch

The best way to contact me is on Twitter where I am @brianalvey. I purposefully got rid of the comment system here so we could take our conversation to Twitter. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn. If you really, really must, you can email me.