Anil Dash

Co-founder and CEO, ThinkUp

Anil Dash is co-founder and CEO of ThinkUp, the creators of Makerbase—a directory of apps and websites and the people who create them. Anil is also co-founder 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.

Anil serves on the board of Stack Exchange, as well as nonprofits like the Data & Society Research Institute, the Lower East Side Girls Club, and the NY Tech Meetup. He has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired, and he advises startups and nonprofits including Medium and DonorsChoose. His 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, Anil founded the nonprofit Expert Labs, backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also helped start Six Apart, the company that helped invent and popularize much of the early technology behind blogs.

Anil is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Alaina Browne and their son Malcolm. He 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.