An Angel in New York: Anil Dash



Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, technologist, and writer. He is considered a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker for his site, dashes.com, started in 1999 and one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. In 2010, Dash was a Webby honoree for the blog.

Dash is cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, an app that helps people get more meaning out of the time they spend on social networking, and cofounder of Activate, the strategy consultancy that advises companies about the opportunities at the intersection of technology and media.

A former columnist at Wired magazine, Dash serves as an advisor to the reading network startup Readability, conversation platform Branch, respected new publisher Vox Media, the popular upstart hip hop label Greedhead Records, the noted education non-profit DonorsChoose, and is part of the Aspen Institute’s Task Force on Learning and the Internet He is also a member of the board of the popular question-and-answer site Stack Exchange and sits on the board of the New York Tech Meetup.


Expert Labs

Selected Investment:


Sector Focus: 

Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Cloud Data Services, Consumer Internet, Digital Media, Information Technology, MicroBlogging, Mobile, Open Source, Personal Data, Photo Sharing, Reading Apps, Social Media, Social Media Platforms, Synthetic Biology


Stack Exchange
Vox Media

Expertise Areas:

Blogging, APIs, Business Development, Community Management, Open Platform Strategy

Blogs, Twitter & Websites:

Anil Dash

Memorable Quotes:

On blackhat seo “I’d rather see a real blog win than any of the fake sites that show up on that search result right now.”

On Twitter and blogging “I save the little stuff for Twitter and blog only when I have something big to say.”

On stream-based content “Stream-based content naturally flows across different devices and media, from tiny phones to tablets to giant desktop monitors.”

About the author: Gerard Masilang

Gerard is a recent college graduate with a degree in journalism from SUNY Albany. He is a private fitness instructor in New York City with a passion for helping people reach their goals. He is currently a copy editing intern for AlleyWatch.

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