Anil Dash

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Anil Dash
Anil Dash at SCS 2007
Anil Dash at SCS 2007
Born (1975-09-05) September 5, 1975 (age 46)
OccupationCEO, Fog Creek Software
SpouseAlaina Browne[1]

Anil Dash (/ɑːˈnl ˈdæʃ/; born September 5, 1975) is an American blogger, entrepreneur, and technologist.[2][3]


Previously an independent technology consultant and new media developer for the Village Voice, Dash was the first employee of Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type, TypePad, and Vox.[4][5] He served as its Vice President and Chief Evangelist until moving to Expert Labs.[6] He was the director of Expert Labs, a "Government 2.0 initiative that aims to connect United States government projects with citizens who want to become more involved in the political discussion".[7]

He is a partner with Michael J. Wolf in Activate Consulting, a "next generation strategy consulting firm" that focuses on media and technology.[8]

Dash is co-founder and CEO of ThinkUp, an app that offers users advice on their social network profiles.[9] The company is loosely connected to Dash's writing about "The Web We Lost" and to the IndieWeb, the idea that "regular people might own their own identities by having their own websites, instead of being dependent on a few big sites to host their online identity."[10]

In 2016 he became the CEO of Fog Creek Software and was instrumental in the company's name change to Glitch.[11]

In 2019 Dash spoke at Inspirefest on the subject the evolution of social media. [12]


In 2003, Dash was one of four bloggers featured on the PBS series Media Matters.[13] He has also spoken at events such as Northern Voice and the Web 2.0 Conference.[14][15]

In 2004, he was the winner of the "nigritude ultramarine" search engine optimization contest.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Dash was born to Odia parents[17] and grew up near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is a proponent and longtime resident of New York City, apart from a short stint in San Francisco. He is married to Alaina Browne and has one son.[1][18]


  1. ^ a b Hirschman, David S. (May 16, 2008). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, ANIL DASH, CHIEF EVANGELIST, SIX APART". Mediabistro. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  2. ^ dash, anil. "Who's This Guy - Anil Dash". Archived from the original on 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  3. ^ Johnson, Eric (2018-06-22). "How can we make tech more accountable?". Recode. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  4. ^ "Interview: The Low Down On Six Apart (With Anil Dash)". The Blog Herald. 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  5. ^ Peisner, David (2014-03-05). "What Really Happened During Evan Williams's Worst SXSW Moment?". Fast Company. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  6. ^ Reagan, Gillian (November 18, 2009). "Dash to D.C.! Tech Guru Will Head Gov't Incubator, Digitize Democracy". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on November 21, 2009.
  7. ^ Bilton, Nick (January 13, 2010). "One on One: Anil Dash of Expert Labs"., The New York Times.
  8. ^ Hatch, Lauren (25 February 2010). "Michael Wolf and Anil Dash Brace Media for the New World". Business Insider.
  9. ^ "Company overview of Activate Inc". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  10. ^ Dash, Anil. "The Web We Lost". Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Anil Dash is the new CEO of Fog Creek Software – Joel on Software". Joel on Software. 2016-12-06. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  12. ^ Anil Dash: The Web We Make | Inspirefest 2019. YouTube. May 24, 201p. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  13. ^ Media Matters,
  14. ^ Male, Mack D. (2007-02-24). "Northern Voice Conference Day". Blog. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  15. ^ "Speaker: Anil Dash: Web 2.0 Expo New York 2009 - 19, 2009, New York, NY". O'Reilly Conferences, November 16. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  16. ^ Terdiman, Daniel (July 8, 2004). "Single Post Wins Google Contest". Wired News. Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  17. ^ Kondabolu, Ashok. "Ashok and Anil Go to the Cafe". Asian American Writers' Workshop. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  18. ^ Dash, Anil. "Anil Dash on". Retrieved 2018-10-03.

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