Anil Dash asks: How could our processes and tools be designed to undo the biggest bugs and biases of today’s tech?
Anil Dash is an entrepreneur and activist known as one of the most prominent advocates for a more inclusive and ethical technology industry. He is CEO of Fog Creek Software, the creators of Glitch, the friendly community that helps everyone make the app of their dreams. Dash was an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy and was formerly a monthly columnist for Wired. Today, he serves as a board member for Stack Overflow, the Data & Society Research Institute, and the Lower East Side Girls Club and serves as an advisor to startups like Medium and non-profits like Donors Choose. The New Yorker described Dash as a “blogging pioneer” for his Webby-recognized personal website which began in 1999, and for his seminal work in helping create some of the first blogging and social media publishing tools. As a public speaker, Dash has taken the stage at events ranging from the Obama Foundation Summit to the Aspen Ideas Festival to SXSW. He has been a guest on media and podcasts ranging from Vice’s Desus and Mero to Krista Tippet’s On Being, and collaborated with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, to creating one of the most popular Spotify playlists of 2018. Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and it is the only account ever retweeted by Bill Gates and Prince, a succinct encapsulation of Dash’s interests.