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Who am I?

I'm a nearly lifelong New Yorker who just moved his family to the suburbs of San Francisco. It'll be strange living and working on the same coast, but I'll get used to it. I'm all in on Recurrency!

What do I do?

I help creative people make a living doing what they love.

In March of 2015, we debuted our new startup Recurrency at the 11,700-attendee LAUNCH Festival. Recurrency is a recurring crowd funding site where you can support and connect deeply with creators you love every month. Check out all the talented people I'm supporting.

What do I write about?

Should you apply to the LAUNCH Incubator?

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

Make awesome possible

Mar 3, 2015   Our Secret Project X is now called Recurrency.

The second mouse gets the cheese.

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

Me, defending TMZ at breakfast this morning

Feb 20, 2015   Setting the record straight on TMZ's reputation.

Secret Project X

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

The revenge of QWERTY

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

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.

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.

Because you can't, you won't and you don't stop.

Sep 19, 2013   In technology you are never the last anything.

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. 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.

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.