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Secret Project X

Nov 5, 2014   So what is Super Project X? I mean, Secret Group X. I mean...

Three envelopes

Jul 10, 2014   Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three.

Brett Terpstra's Systematic podcast

Jun 30, 2014   What's your startup religion?

The revenge of QWERTY

Jun 25, 2014   QWERTY never made sense on desktop keyboards, but it makes perfect sense on mobile.

Meet The Makers is coming back

Apr 23, 2014   Twelve years ago today I started the best job I ever had. Let's see if lightning can strike twice.

AOL address books hacked

Apr 21, 2014   Welcome! You've got mail security holes.

Embedded tweets with photos are hot

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.

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.