Depending on who you ask in New York City and in the wider tech world, Anil Dash will be variously described as a blogger, a technologist or as a new media developer. Ask Anil himself and he will say an entrepreneur, writer and geek, whose "work applies the techniques and innovations of tech startups to reinventing institutions and communities".
More than anything though Anil is famous for being a ‘blogging pioneer’ as acknowledged by the New York Times.
In 1999, when the worldwide web was a nascent technology and when blogging has just started as an idea, Anil started Dashes.com, which went on to become one of the most influential blogs on the Internet. While Anil started his career in the newspaper and music industries, his first prominent role was as the Chief Evangelist at blogging technology company Six Apart (now SAY Media). As its first employee, Anil helped make it the world’s leading blogging company. He has also served as the Founding Director at Expert Labs, a non-profit technology incubator which with the help of the White House aims to connect United States government projects with American citizens who want to become more involved in the political discussion.
Later as the co-founder and Managing Director of Activate, Anil has worked as an important bridge between technology and media. At present, he is working as the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ThinkUp, a startup that is trying to devise ways to make time spent online more productive for the user.