Anil Dash

CEO, Fog Creek

Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, activist and writer recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and ethical technology industry.

Anil has been CEO of Fog Creek Software since October 2016. Previously, he was an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, and today advises organizations including Medium and DonorsChoose. In 2013, Time named @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter. It’s the only account RTed by both Bill Gates and Prince.

Prior to joining Fog Creek, Dash co-founded Makerbase and Activate, the boutique management consultancy and the non-profit Expert Labs. He also helped start Six Apart, the company that invented the technology behind many of the earliest and most influential social media sites on the Internet.

On evolving a mature software company

Stepping in to head up Fog Creek was an intimidating experience for Anil, despite his record as an entrepreneur and tech visionary. Fog Creek is a values-driven organization with incredibly successful past products and legendary founders.

How do you build on that legacy without compromising what matters? How do the best companies in the world plan for the long-term?

Anil will discuss the challenges of stepping into a leadership role in what is perhaps one of the best-known software companies the public probably haven’t heard of. FogBugz, Stack Overflow and Trello are all products that have come out of the Fog Creek stable. This year, they unleashed Glitch to the world. Anil is committed to putting impact and sustainability, both of business model and company culture, at the heart of their vision for the future. What does that mean in practice and what can you learn about your own vision?