Anil Dash is cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, a new app that helps make sure all the time we spend online or social networks isn't wasted. Dash is also cofounder of Activate, the consultancy which helps define strategy for the most important companies in technology and media.
He is recognized as one of the earliest and most influential technologists in social media. Described as a "blogging pioneer" by the New Yorker, he has been publishing his site Dashes.com continuously since 1999, earning recognition as a Webby honoree and acting as a platform for his activism as well as his thoughts on technology, policy, pop culture and media. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and some of its nearly half million followers agree.
Dash serves on the board of Stack Exchange, the Data & Society Research Institute, and the New York Tech Meetup, where he was the first person elected by its members to serve on the board of the largest organized technology community in the United States. Dash has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired magazine and also advises a number of startups and non-profits, including respected new publisher Vox Media, noted education non-profit DonorsChoose and the Aspen Institute's Task Force on Learning and the Internet.
Prior to his current roles, Dash founded Expert Labs with backing from the MacArthur Foundation to encourage the public to collaborate with lawmakers in the White House and federal agencies, created digital works that were exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art, had his personal blog posts cited in hundreds of academic papers, worked in new media development for the Village Voice, and helped start Six Apart, the company that transformed blogging from a core group of geeks to the main method of publishing online. Dash has never played a round of golf, drank a cup of coffee, or graduated from college.
Dash is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Alaina Browne and their son Malcolm, along a dog a cat and eight million really great neighbors.