Brian Alvey is a leader in the online publishing space and has built more than two dozen content management platforms which have served thousands of popular sites and apps.
In 1995, Brian designed the first TV Guide web site and helped BusinessWeek transition from AOL to the web. He built database-driven web applications and content management systems for many large companies in the ’90s including Intel, J.D. Edwards, Deloitte & Touche and The McGraw-Hill Companies. His 1999 Tech-Engine site was a “skinnable HotJobs” which powered over 200 online career centers including XML.com, Perl.com, O’Reilly & Associates Network, DevShed and Computer User magazine. He has been the art director of three print magazines and was the Chief Technology Officer of Rising Tide Studios where he developed The Venture Reporter Network, which was acquired by Dow Jones in 2003.
In 2002, Brian was the creator and host of the Meet The Makers conference, a series of talk show-style events. In 2003, he invented and launched Blogstakes, a novel dual-entry contest product for the blogging community. Brian partnered with web design guru Jeffrey Zeldman in his Happy Cog agency to build content management systems for their customers including Capgemini, A List Apart and the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2004, Brian Alvey and Jason Calacanis created the publishing company Weblogs, Inc. — home to such category leading blogs as Engadget, Autoblog, Joystiq, TUAW, TV Squad, Cinematical, Download Squad, WOW Insider and Slashfood. AOL acquired Weblogs, Inc. in 2005. While at AOL, Brian was named the chief architect of Netscape and lead the development team which turned the struggling portal into a thriving social news site.
In 2006, AOL acquired Blogsmith, Brian’s high-end blog publishing platform. AOL used Blogsmith to power hundreds of popular sites including Asylum, PopEater, Blogging Stocks, AOL Radio, Fanhouse, Black Voices, Spinner, The Boot, MMA Fighting, Paw Nation and Love.com. In 2009, 14 of the top 100 blogs ran on Blogsmith. Blogsmith is so powerful that the massive portal AOL.com runs on it today.
In 2007, Brian was the CEO and founder of Crowd Fusion. Crowd Fusion’s cloud-native content management system served web sites and mobile applications for TMZ, Myspace, Best Buy’s Tecca, Warner Bros and The Daily. He was an early investor and former chairman of the comic book publishing company ComicMix.
In 2015, Brian launched Recurrency, a recurring crowdfunding site for creators of all kinds.
In 2016, Recurrency shut down and Brian announced he was working on an app to make fan engagement easier for creators.
In 2018, Brian launched Clipisode, an app that lets you make video shows with your fans just by sharing a link inside apps everyone already use — like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitch.
Brian graduated from TCU with a degree in Physics and Astronomy and minors in Art and Mathematics.