I am an software engineer, serial entrepreneur and software product fanatic. My latest startup Wevr was recently selected as “Top Innovator” by Fast Company magazine. Wevr is an award winning immersive-first media/tech company that is creating independent subscription network and creating immersive content with top creative talent like Reggie Watts, Run The Jewels and Jon Favreau. My team have been working with Paul Allen's Vulcan company to make a new product called Holodome. It will be at TED 2019 for everyone to see.
I was the founder and chief executive of BUZZmedia, which was funded by Redpoint and NEA in 2004. We created and purchased forty-five media brands such as Stereogum, Buzznet, SPIN, JustJared, WWTDD and Celebuzz. Buzznet was an early photo sharing community that pioneered modern social media. Our software platform for Buzznet was differentiated itself from Facebook in the social networking days of 2004 by focusing the collective sharing of photos, writing and videos. Buzznet started Internet influencer marketing and stardom by launching early social media stars in 2005 like Kim Kardashian, Khole Kardashian, Jeffee Star, Whitney Port and others. BUZZmedia pioneered modern social media publishing and custom Internet publishing software and was regularly ranked in the top 50 US websites, reaching past 100 millions of monthly active users.
I had the awesome opportunity to work with Ashton Kutcher 2010 as Head of Digital for Ashton's digital media and investment company Katalyst. While at Katalyst I directed a team on digital media engagments and investing. Katalys won digital media strategy awards for our work with top brands like GE, Levis, Virgin Mobile, Microsoft, UN, Nikon and Intel. We launched a funded Youtube channel called Thrash Lab in 2012 and invested several early stage startups like, CitizenNet, AirBnB, Path and Uber.
Past/Current Advisor Roles: Craigslist, Beautycon.com, CASHmusic (OSS), BESE with Zoe Saldana, Ellen Ventures, Plus Capital, Leafly.com, Thekind.com, A Proper High and Ask Solar.
Current Obsessions: JAMstack, Netlify, Functions As Service, UE4, Virtual characters, Making paper zines, Pachyderm Data pipelines, Jupyter Notebooks and Svelte.
I am on Twitter! @djabatt