Head of Glitch; former advisor to the White House Office of Digital Strategy

Anil Dash

Anil Dash leads the team behind Glitch, the friendly developer community where coders have collaborated to create and share millions of web apps. He served as CEO of Glitch until its acquisition by Fastly in 2022.  During his tenure as CEO, the company became the first tech startup to voluntarily recognize its workers’ union. Honored by the Webby Awards with its lifetime achievement award in 2022, Dash is recognized as a leading advocate for more humane, inclusive and ethical technology through his work as an entrepreneur, activist and writer. Dash is a Data & Society advisor, and served as a founding member of its Board of Directors from 2013 to 2021.

Dash serves as a board member for organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, The Markup, and the Lower East Side Girls Club. Previously, he was an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy and co-chair of the Obama Foundation’s tech advisory council, and served for a decade on the board of Stack Overflow, the world’s largest community for coders. Today, he continues to advise respected startups and nonprofits including DonorsChoose, Medium, The Human Utility and Project Include. In 2009, Dash led a MacArthur-backed research project that carried out pioneering research on social media’s impact on policymaking. As a writer and artist, he has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired, written for publications including The Atlantic and Businessweek, and had his works exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art. He is a widely recognized scholar of the works of the late musician Prince.