Hi, I'm Anil Dash

I'm an entrepreneur, writer and geek living in New York City, obsessed with the way technology shapes and transforms society, media, government and culture. The highest use of new technologies is to empower people who aren't privileged with access to the institutions that define our culture, so I am trying to make that my life's work. My writing here and elsewhere is an attempt to document those efforts, along with some fun detours into pop culture and policy. I get to do many fun things in a broad range of disciplines, and I am really grateful for those opportunities!

Here's a bio of me:

Anil Dash is cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, the creators of Makerbase, a directory of apps and websites and the people who create them, and ThinkUp, which offers fun personal insights into social media activity. Dash is also cofounder of Activate, the consultancy which defines strategy for the most important companies in technology and media. Described as a "blogging pioneer" by the New Yorker, he has published his blog at anildash.com continuously since 1999, earning recognition as a Webby honoree. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and some of its half million followers agree.

Dash serves on the board of Stack Exchange, as well as non-profits like the Data & Society Research Institute, the Lower East Side Girls Club and the NY Tech Meetup, the largest technology trade group in the United States. Dash has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired and he advises startups and non-profits including Medium and DonorsChoose. Dash's digital works have been exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art and he co-created monegraph, the first system to use bitcoin technology to verify original digital creations.

Prior to his current roles, Dash founded the non-profit Expert Labs, backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), to collaborate with the White House and federal agencies in encouraging public engagement in policy making. He also helped start Six Apart, the company that helped invent and popularize much of the early technology behind blogs.

Dash is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Alaina Browne and their son Malcolm. Dash is the only person who is quoted in both Chris Anderson's "The Long Tail" and in Toure's Prince biography "I Would Die 4 U", and has never played a round of golf, drank a cup of coffee, or graduated from college.

Feel free to use this 650 x 650 headshot image of me if you, for some reason, need a photo of me.

What I Do:


Media & the Arts


Social Equity


ThinkUp: I'm the cofounder (with Gina Trapani) and CEO of ThinkUp. ThinkUp makes an eponymous analytics app which offers you fun and surprising insights on your social networking activity. We're also creating Makerbase, a new user-created directory of apps, websites, and the people who make them.

Activate: I am cofounder and a managing director of Activate, the strategy consultancy that advises companies many of the biggest media companies, technology companies and consumer brands in the world. I lead the firm's innovation practice, applying emerging technologies and new cultural trends to help reinvent established businesses.

anildash.com: I'm the publisher, editor and owner of my personal blog (formerly Dashes.com) where I've been publishing continuously since 1999. This site was a Webby honoree in 2010 in the Personal Blog category, and in combination with my presence on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook gives me a way to share my unfiltered (and, often, completely ridiculous) thoughts directly with hundreds of thousands of people, including my friends and family.

Board Member

Stack Exchange: Stack Exchange makes the Internet better with its network of question-and-answer communities on topics ranging from computer programming to photography, while connecting people to employment opportunities in technology. I've served as a member of the board since 2011.

NY Tech Meetup: The NY Tech Meetup is the largest trade group advocating on behalf of the Internet startup industry, helping make New York City the most vibrant and innovative technology community in the world. In 2011, I became the first director to be elected to the NYTM board by its members.

Data & Society Research Institute: Data & Society is a research institute in New York City that is focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development. I have served on the board since its inception in 2013.

Lower East Side Girls Club: The Girls Club provides innovative, community-based programs and services for girls and young women that helps break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders. I joined the board in 2015.



Medium: Medium is one of the most innovative and influential publishing platforms on the Internet today. I advise the company as it advances the state of the art in web publishing, and contribute as a writer to its featured collection, The Message.


DonorsChoose: I'm a member of the National Advisory Council of respected educational nonprofit DonorsChoose, which is pioneering a fundamentally new way of engaging people in supporting classroom education to directly help students in need.


Trello: Trello is a flexible and fun way to manage projects, for everything from simple todo lists to complex team efforts. I made a small angel investment because it's a tool I use every day.


MLKSHK: MLKSHK is a warm, thoughtful community of creative people sharing images and media in a fun and delightful way, built by a mom-and-pop team. I have advised the site since its launch.

Vox Media

Vox Media: I'm a technical advisor to Vox Media, assisting in their development of a media company where passionate writers are given a platform to reach communities in an innovative new way through sites like Vox, SB Nation, and The Verge.


monegraph: monegraph is an experiment to help support artists by providing a way to verify that a digital artwork is unique, and to record the provenance of a piece of digital art. I co-created monegraph with Kevin McCoy at Rhizome's Seven on Seven conference, and Kevin now leads the project.


Wired: Wired is one of the most respected and popular general interest titles in the history of magazines. As a contributing editor, my monthly opinion column covered the impact technology has on society.

Report Completed, 2014

Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet: I was invited to be a member of this Task Force focused on the future of education and how new technologies will have an impact on the way we learn. The Task Force's final recommendations have been shared broadly with educators, students, parents, policy makers and the private sector.

Acquired by Facebook, 2014

Branch: Branch built a beautiful platform to encourage civil, productive, personal conversations on the web, through their apps Branch and Potluck. I advised the team until their acquisition by Facebook.

Acquired by Etsy, 2013

Mixel: Mixel was one of the most innovative and expressive early apps on the iPad. I advised Lascaux, the company behind the collage app Mixel, from its inception through its team eventually joining Etsy.

Project Completed, 2012

In 2009, I founded Expert Labs under the auspices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and with the backing of the MacArthur Foundation.During the 3 years of our experiment, we worked closely with lawmakers from the municipal and state level all the way to the White House and members of Congress to drive direct public feedback on laws through social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Acquired by Causes, 2013

Votizen: Votizen worked to help people campaign together for the issues and candidates they care about. I was ostensibly an advisor to Votizen, but it was acquired by Causes.com before I made any substantive contributions.

Acquired by Google, 2012

Oink: I advised Milk, Inc. on their effort to create Oink, an app for recording and sharing all the experiences and products you enjoy in a day. The Milk team was acquired by Google in 2012.

Merged with Say Media, 2010

Six Apart: Six Apart was the company that created Movable Type and TypePad as the first professional blogging tools, used to build sites from Gawker to the Huffington Post. I was the first employee, led business development and helped the company grow to over 200 employees worldwide. In 2010, Six Apart became part of Say Media.

Readability: I advised Readability in their mission to offer a fundamental improvement to the experience of reading, across all modern platforms from the web to mobile devices, while rewarding readers, writers and publishers.

United Nations: The United Nations launched its Social Media Envoy program to help get the word out in the battle against malaria, and I was honored to take part as one of the first members of the program.

Greedhead Music: Greedhead's work in creating a new kind of record label, including their launch of the career of their flagship act, Das Racist, set a new standard in the music industry and helped give a platform to voices that had been overlooked in conventional hip hop as well as broader genres like comedy.


None of the organizations mentioned here are responsible for anything you see on this site. You might get a better understanding of what I do by looking at these videos and press articles about me and my work. Or you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to this site to keep up with me online.

Selected Press/Media

Some representative videos of my work, ranging from discussions of public policy to encouraging support for clean water in rural India to entirely improvised comedic slideshows:

You can see a list of recent press mentions and quotes on Google News, see published mentions of me on this Amazon.com Search, and see academic citations of my work via Google Scholar. Some highlights: