Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, activist and advocate working to make technology and the tech industry more humane, inclusive and ethical. He is CEO of Fog Creek Software, cofounder of Makerbase, an online community for people who make apps and websites, and Activate, the boutique management consultancy which defines strategies for the most important companies in media and technology.
Described as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker, Dash has been blogging 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 more than half million followers agree. His Twitter account is the only one that’s been retweeted by the White House, Bill Gates and Prince, a succinct summarization of Dash’s interests. As a writer and artist, Dash has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired, has had his works exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art, has DJed the XOXO arts festival, and co-created monegraph, the first system to use bitcoin technology to verify original digital creations.
Dash serves as a board member for a wide range of companies and non-profits: Stack Overflow, the largest community of developers in the world; Data & Society Research Institute, which is pioneering research into the impacts of tech on society and culture; NY Tech Meetup, the largest technology trade group in the United States; Cash Music, the nonprofit platform working to support musicians online; and the Lower East Side Girls Club, which serves girls and families in New York City. He also advises key startups and non-profits including Medium and DonorsChoose.
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 and encourage 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 and social media.
Dash is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Alaina Browne and their son Malcolm. Dash has never played a round of golf, drank a cup of coffee, or graduated from college.