Hi, I'm Anil Dash

Anil Dash I’m the CEO of Glitch, and an entrepreneur, activist, and writer focused on making the tech world more humane and ethical. Having created Internet technologies for two decades, I’m obsessed with the way technology transforms society, media, government and culture.
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My work focuses on ensuring that tech serves those who are most vulnerable and enables the most people to express themselves. This means my work starts with tech, but is deeply connected to policy, culture, art, urbanism, social justice and other domains that tech has historically overlooked. Reach me at anil@dashes.com or +1 646 833 8659.

My Standard Bio:

Anil Dash is the CEO of Glitch, the friendly community where millions of creators collaborate to discover and create apps and the cutting edge of the web. He is recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and ethical technology industry through his work as an entrepreneur, activist and writer. Dash also hosts Vox Media's Function podcast, exploring the ways tech is shaping culture and society.

Dash was an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, and today advises major startups and non-profits including Medium, DonorsChoose and Project Include. He also serves as a board member for companies like Stack Overflow, the world’s largest community for computer programmers, and non-profits like the Data & Society Research Institute, which examines the impact of tech on society and culture, and the Lower East Side Girls Club, which serves girls and families in need in New York City.

Described as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker for his Webby-recognized personal website which has been cited in sources ranging from the New York Times to the BBC to TMZ to hundreds of academic papers. As a writer and artist, Dash has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired, had his works exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and collaborated with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on one of the most popular Spotify playlists of 2018. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and he is the only person ever retweeted by both Bill Gates and Prince, a succinct summarization of Dash’s interests. Dash has been a featured speaker and guest in a broad range of media ranging from the Aspen Ideas Festival to SXSW to Desus and Mero's late-night show.

Dash is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Alaina Browne and their son Malcolm. He has never played a round of golf, drank a cup of coffee, or graduated from college.

What I Do:

Glitch

Glitch is the friendly community where millions of people create, discover and share the apps of their dreams. Glitch is where you'll find digital creators shaping culture by creating the best stuff on the web. Glitch's groundbreaking development tools have reinvented modern coding, allowing creators of any skill level to collaborate in real-time and share their apps, bots, VR experiences or websites instantly.

Glitch is also a standout tech startup, setting the standard for technology companies for both technical innovation and ethical, humane practices for both employees and the community. Glitch's team is based both in its NYC headquarters and remotely around the world.

Function

Function is a weekly podcast hosted by Anil Dash in collaboration with Vox Media that explores how today's apps and technology are influencing society around us. It's not a "tech podcast" so much as a podcast about culture through the lens of technology.

Function talks to the technologists, designers, coders and creatores who make the tech we use every day, but also goes deep into conversations with the regular people — artists and activists, educators and entertainers — who are influenced by that tech. You can subscribe on your favorite podcast app to find out why Function is already one of the most popular technology podcasts around.

anildash.com

I’ve been writing and publishing this personal blog (formerly dashes.com) continuously since 1999. With millions of words published in its nearly two-decade history, this is one of the few personal blogs that’s been quoted in sources ranging from the New York Times to the BBC to TMZ as well as hundreds of academic citations.

This site was also a Webby honoree in 2010 in the Personal Blog category, and in combination with my presence on social networks such as Twitter and Medium forms a highly-visible connection between online communities focused on technology, pop culture, and politics.

Board Memberships

Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow makes the Internet better by providing the world’s largest community for programmers to learn, share their knowledge, and advance their careers. I’ve served as a member of the board since 2011.

Data & Society Research Institute

Data & Society is a research institute in New York City that is focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues that arise with technology’s increasing impact on our daily lives. I have served on the board since its inception in 2013.

The 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.

Organizations I Advise

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 sustainable content creation, and formerly contributed 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.

The Human Utility

I advise The Human Utility (formerly the Detroit Water Project), the pioneering effort to support water security for communities in need through direct financial support. By working directly with families that need running water, and challening municipalities to serve their constituents, Human Utility serves those most in need.

Project Include

Project Include is one of the most respected and most visible efforts to systemically improve inclusion and diversity in the technology industry, and I'm proud to be an advisor as the organization brings specific, focused, actionable resources to the tech world.

Activate

I cofounded Activate, the strategy consultancy that guides the leaders of the biggest media, technology and entertainment companies in developing their strategies for growth. I led the firm’s innovation practice, advising on emerging technologies and helping grow Activate into the pre-eminent boutique strategy consulting firm. Today I remain an advisor to the firm.

Vox Media

I’ve been 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.

Disclaimer

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:

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You can see a list of academic citations of my work via Google Scholar.

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Previously

Trello

Acquired by Atlassian, 2017 • 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 helpful tool that millions use every day. In January of 2017, Atlassian acquired Trello for $425 million.

Makerbase

Acquired by Fog Creek Software, 2016 • I cofounded (with Gina Trapani) and was CEO of Makerbase, a user-created directory of apps, websites, and the people who make them. Makerbase is now part of Fog Creek Software.

Wired

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

White House Office of Digital Strategy

I was an advisor to the Obama White House's Office of Digital Strategy under the first Chief Digital Officer of the United States. Under that administration, American citizens got an unprecedented view on the workings of their democracy in realtime. This also led to my participation in the first and only "South by South Lawn" event, where U.S. Representative and civil rights legend John Lewis introduced a panel I moderated on using digital platforms to organize for social justice.

Expert Labs

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.

Six Apart

Merged with Say Media, 2010 • 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.

ThinkUp

ThinkUp was a pioneering social media analytics app lauded by the New York Times as “indispensable”. Built on top of one of the most inclusive and popular open source platforms of its time, ThinkUp offered a wholly unique view into the time we spend on social networks until its shutdown in 2016.

TalkShow

Acquired by Medium, 2017 • I advised TalkShow on their innovative mobile app which brought together the excitement of a live audience with the intimacy of personal messaging. My interview series "Pop Life" was consistently among the most-viewed content on the platform, presenting a unique set of conversations with some of the most influential voices in culture.

Readability

Acquired by Postlight, 2016 • 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. Readability was acquired by Postlight and re-released as Mercury Reader.

Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet

Report Completed, 2014 • 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.

Branch

Acquired by Facebook, 2014 • 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.

Mixel

Acquired by Etsy, 2013 • 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.

Votizen

Acquired by Causes, 2013 • 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.

Oink

Acquired by Google, 2012 • 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.

United Nations Social Media Envoy

The United Nations launched its Social Media Envoy initiative 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.