Meet our Founders and key leaders building the next generation of content marketing and digital publishing technology.
VP, Engineering & Operations
Sr. Director, Marketing
Matthew has worked in the internet and software industry for over 20 years and has extensive experience building content, data and publishing-oriented digital businesses. Prior to founding PublishThis, Matthew served on the executive team at Edmunds.com, where as EVP, Media he led product development and content, helping grow the Edmunds.com website into the #1 automotive content resource on the web.
Before that, Matthew helped develop and build The Studio System, the entertainment industry’s premier film and television database. Matthew started his career at Andersen Consulting and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas.
Scott architected the PublishThis platform and is responsible for leading the company’s technology team. Before that Scott worked for Blue Nile, the web’s leading online jewelry eCommerce site, where he helped architect design and patent the company’s successful Diamond search.
Before BlueNile, Scott was a lead architect for Edmunds.com where he led development of the company’s syndication platform and advertising inventory software system that was later sold to Doubleclick. Scott started his career as a Research Scientist for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory specializing in BioInformatics as well as Large Information Display programs and developed multiple patents for the U.S. Department of Energy.
VP, Engineering & Operations
Miсhael has vast experience in software and product development with enterprise technology companies. He has developed gaming platforms for social environments (Facebook, Myspace and Hi5), been involved with multiple IPOs, developed a multi-media platform processing over $1В in transaction commerce, co-developed a Telco platform with HP, and successfully lead several turnaround efforts.
Previously, he was СТО of Fastpoint Games,VP of Engineering & Operations at Youbet.com, Director of Product Strategy at Teradata and VP of Engineering at Vertel. Michael attended Hadassah Jerusalem for his BSCS.
Sr. Director, Marketing
Eric has two decades of experience building leading SaaS solutions and software. Before joining PublishThis, Eric owned product strategy and management for Ebix’s CRM solution, in use by over 100,000 insurance agents and financial advisors. He led successful initiatives on user experience design, social media, Big Data, and mobile.
Before that, Eric wrote and produced video games for Disney, including the multimillion-copy-selling Who Wants to Be a Millionaire series, Disney and ESPN trivia games, and creative products for adults and children. Eric began his career at various LA-based magazines and received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Chris earned a Ph.D from the University of Colorado in Aerospace Engineering Sciences in 2007 and then went to work for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA.
While at JPL, he helped design and build a software package for precise orbit determination of the GPS constellation using the GIPSY GPS data processing software. He has been at PublishThis since 2010 and has been instrumental in building the backend database systems and processes.
Sr. UX/UI Designer
Claire has fifteen years of experience in user experience, user interface, graphics, and media design. Prior to joining PublishThis, Claire served as the senior UI/UX designer for Tillster, designing digital products for the restaurant industry, and also held a similar role with TMZ.
Before that, Claire designed apps and microsites for the San Francisco Chronicle, part of Hearst Corporation’s newspaper group. Claire started her career in web design and created projects for L’Oreal, Manpower, Renault, Disneyland Paris, and many others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film from Sorbonne Nouvelle University.
Manager, Infrastructure Systems
Gregory has almost a decade of enterprise IT experience and is responsible for managing the extensive servers and services responsible for the powerhouse PublishThis platform.
After multi-year stints at Shopzilla and MySpace in data operations and long experience managing demanding online game servers, Gregory joined the PublishThis team and revolutionized the way the system is scaled under a personal philosophy he calls IAAP (“infrastructure as a passion”).
Sr. Software Engineer/Team Lead
Sergey has been architecting and developing software for more than 10 years. After bringing his expertise to a variety of technology solutions, he joined the PublishThis team in 2010 and has been a key leader in further development of the platform. He is a graduate of Kharkov National University of Radioelectronics with a Master’s Degree in Software Development.
Allen Morgan is an active, early-stage private investor and startup company advisor. His principal focus is on start-ups in the areas of internet-enabled businesses, consumer internet services (both consumer-facing and infrastructure), interactive entertainment, online advertising and digital media. In addition, he is also Managing Director, New Ventures Group, as well as a Board Member at Idealab.
From 1999 – 2010, he was a Managing Director at Mayfield Fund, where he is currently а Venture Partner. Prior to joining Mayfield, he was a partner with two Silicon Valley law firms, Latham & Watkins and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. He earned an undergraduate degree (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Dartmouth College, a second bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Oxford University (Christ Church) and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Bruce Clay is a professional search engine optimization consultant, speaker, and instructor. He was interviewed by Wired magazine in its 2004 feature “The Complete Guide to Googlemania!” and cited by USA Today in its article “Gunning for search engines” from in 2003. He was selected as the search engine optimization expert by NHK World TV in their 1-hour award-winning special ‘Google’s Deep Impact”, which has been translated and distributed internationally. His website is referenced by the NARA-ALIC User’s Guide to the Internet at The National Archives as resource for “Web Site Promotion Tactics and Tools”.
Clay is the CEO of the search engine marketing firm Bruce Clay, Inc., which he founded in 1996.
Channing L. Dawson is senior advisor to Scripps Networks Interactive, owners of HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY, Cooking Channel and GAC, and serves as an advisor to innovative media companies outside of Scripps. Part of the founding executive team of Home & Garden Television (HGTV), Dawson has lead company efforts in web development, broadband production, video on demand, IP video distribution, and interactive television. In 2005, he shared a technology Emmy for Living.com, a weekly broadband video magazine. He is currently working on TV Everywhere, ITV projects and other interactive network initiatives inside the company and as a strategic media consultant outside Scripps. Prior to Scripps, Dawson spent 14 years in the magazine publishing industry.
Clark Pettit is a CEO, Board Member and Advisor with extensive global experience driving transformation and growth at the intersection of technology and media. During his 30 years in the technology, music, motion picture, and publishing industries, Clark has started two companies from scratch and has also been an engineer, technologist, founder, operator, leader and an industry-wide transformation-driver in the US, Asia, and Europe. Currently, Clark is President of Merryck & Co Americas, Managing Partner of Granite Mountain Asset Management, and is on the Advisory Boards of several companies. Most recently, Clark was President & CEO of American Business Media and was on the board of directors of FIPP, the association for the worldwide magazine media industry.
A pioneer in online publishing, Elizabeth Osder is principal of the Osder Group, specializing in internet business strategy, audience, product and content development and social media for companies navigating the changing landscape of interactive media. Since the early 1990s, Osder’s experience has been both strategic and hands-on as an executive, editor, producer, educator and consultant leading media, marketers and publishing brands in the interactive space. A pioneer in news and information online, her depth of experience includes projects as diverse as launching The New York Times on the Web; helping make Yahoo News the number one online news destination; deploying the publishing system for The Financial Times; teaching and developing curriculum for interactive journalism and online community; tackling emerging trends in social media that deliver real user engagement, and pioneering the application of semantic technologies to both relational content display and monetization.
Jason L. Rapp is managing director of Science Inc., a holding company of early stage technology firms. He is also the chairman of the board of Viddy Inc., publishers of the innovative mobile apps Viddy and Clique. He is former senior executive of Barry Diller’s IAC corporation, having run the mergers & acquisitions group and having served as CEO of Gifts.com. Prior to joining IAC, Jason spent seven years as an executive at The New York Times. Jason is the past president of Mahalo Inc., which he helped to transform into an educational video and app business. Prior to that, Jason ran an advisory business helping start-up companies with fundraising, M&A, strategy and business development and larger public companies with digital market entry. He continues to serve as a board member or advisor to dynamic start-ups such as Blip.tv, NeuroTrack, HipSwap, Food52, Roadify and PublishThis. Jason received an MBA degree from Columbia University and an AB degree from Duke University.
Kim Garretson is a founder of Ovative Group, an innovation advisory services firm that connects emerging media innovation with mass retailers, major media companies and agencies. Recently, he was Best Buy’s Director of Emerging Media and liaison to the venture capital industry. He co-founded NOVO in 1993, which was a top ten digital agency when sold to Publicis Worldwide. NOVO was Ad Age’s first honoree in digital in 1995 for its Toyota.com site. Garretson also was a partner in an IPG agency and led campaigns for Prodigy, Sega, Roadrunner and other digital clients. He founded a software company in 1982 and began his career as the technology columnist for Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
Nova Spivack is a technology futurist, serial Internet entrepreneur, and one of the leading voices on the next-generation of search, social media, and the Web. He works as a producer of emerging technology ventures including Twine.com, Live Matrix, Klout, Bottlenose, The Daily Dot, StreamGlider, and a stealth-mode new energy company.
Peter C. Horan is an entrepreneur and digital media investor with a history of building successful media, commerce and ad technology businesses. He has played a role in five major revolutions in media and technology including: home video games; personal computers; cell phones; Windows computing; and the internet.
In February of 2014, Peter formed Horan MediaTech Advisors as an umbrella for his investment and consulting activities. Peter currently works with and/or has investments in: Antenna; Kyck; Lending Tree; Mowingo; Net2TV; PublishThis; Purch; ShopPad; Skift; SocialWire, TalkWheel, Topix, TwelveFold Media, Viggle.
As a CEO and independent director he has been part of eight profitable exits in the last ten years totaling almost $1.800 billion in value. He was previously: President and COO of Answers, Corp.; CEO of IAC Media and Advertising; CEO of About.com; CEO of AllBusiness.com, CEO of Goodmail Systems, and CEO of DevX. He has served on the board of directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Online Publishers Association. Peter is an active outdoorsman and environmentalist and is active in the Sierra Club, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Glen Canyon Institute.
Peter is actively investing in the sectors that are transforming media and advertising including: the intersection of the social web with media and advertising; lightweight content models; as well as advanced ad targeting techniques.
As the Chief Strategy Officer for the Content Marketing Institute, and Senior Contributing Analyst for Digital Clarity Group, Robert helps develop content marketing and customer experience strategies for large companies such as Oracle, 3M, Abbot Laboratories, The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, Allstate Insurance, Staples and Petco – helping them tell their story more effectively.Robert was recently named #6 in the top fifty influencers in Content Marketing. He is a regular columnist for EContent Magazine, and a contributor to Chief Content Officer magazine, iMedia Connection and CMSWire. He co-hosts the podcast This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert’s book with Joe, Managing Content Marketing, is widely considered the “owner’s manual” of the content marketing process. It’s been translated into multiple languages and spent two weeks as a top ten marketing book on Amazon.com since its debut in 2011.
Tim has almost 30 years of operating and digital strategy experience in the publishing industry. Tim was most recently President of New Media for American City Business Journals (ACBJ), the $500 million publisher of weekly business journals in 40 markets across the US. Over 7 years, Tim helped build a monthly audience of 8 million unique users in the B2B/SMB market. Tim built and led ACBJ’s digital strategy, operations and corporate development activities. He was responsible for successfully discovering, investing in ($12 million over 2 years) and being on the Board of Directors of Generate, Inc. He also led investments in Netprospex, Inflection Point Media (Board Member) and The Port (Board Member). Tim left his position with ACBJ recently, joining forces to launch CityBizData, where he is the President and CEO. CityBizData is a B2B data management and solutions platform. Tim has held various leadership roles with previous employers Thomson Corporation and the Oklahoma Publishing Company (DataTimes).