In 1995, Brian Alvey designed the first TV Guide website and helped BusinessWeek leap from AOL to the web. Brian built database-driven web applications and content management systems for many large companies in the 90's including Intel, J.D. Edwards, Deloitte & Touche and The McGraw-Hill Companies. His 1999 Tech-Engine site was a "skinnable HotJobs" which powered over 200 online career centers including XML.com, Perl.com, O'Reilly & Associates Network, DevShed and Computer User magazine. He has been the art director of three print magazines and was the Chief Technology Officer of Rising Tide Studios where he developed The Venture Reporter Network, which is now a Dow Jones property.
In 2002, Brian was the creator and host of the Meet The Makers conference, a series of talk show-style events. In 2003, he invented and launched Blogstakes, a sweepstakes application for the blogging community. Brian partnered with web design guru Jeffrey Zeldman in Happy Cog to build content management systems for customers including Capgemini, A List Apart and the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2004, Brian Alvey and Jason Calacanis created the publishing company Weblogs, Inc. — home to such category leading blogs as Engadget, Autoblog, Joystiq, TUAW, TV Squad, Cinematical, Download Squad, WOW Insider and Slashfood. AOL acquired Weblogs, Inc. in October 2005. In June 2006, Brian also became the chief architect of Netscape and lead the development team which turned the struggling portal into a thriving social news site.
In November 2006, AOL acquired Blogsmith, Brian's enterprise-grade blog publishing platform. Today AOL uses Blogsmith to power hundreds of popular sites including Asylum, PopEater, Blogging Stocks, AOL Radio, Fanhouse, Black Voices, Spinner, The Boot, MMA Fighting, Paw Nation and Love.com.
After AOL, Brian founded Crowd Fusion with long-time friend Craig Wood. Crowd Fusion's cloud-native content management service has powered enterprise-scale web applications for TMZ, MySpace, Tecca, Warner Bros and The Daily. Brian invested in and was formerly chairman of the comic book publishing company ComicMix. Today he remains an advisor.
In 2012, Crowd Fusion acquired London-based company Ceros and their SaaS content marketing platform. The combined company adopted the Ceros name and kept Simon Berg as CEO. Brian's current role is founder, chairman and Chief Scientist of Ceros.
Brian graduated from TCU with a degree in Physics and Astronomy and minors in Art and Mathematics. Brian works from home in Westchester County, NY.