Atavist is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. We’re proud to be backed by highly respected investors including IAC, Innovation Endeavors, Founders Fund (FF Angel), Andreessen Horowitz, the Knight Foundation (Enterprise Fund), and a group of experienced angel investors. We are:
Evan Ratliff (cofounder, CEO, editor): Evan is an award-winning journalist for The New Yorker, Outside, National Geographic, and Wired, where he has been a contributing editor for a decade. His 2009 Wired story “Vanish,” about his attempt to disappear, and the public’s effort to find him, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for feature writing. (He has been a finalist three times, as both writer and editor.) His writing has appeared in numerous Best American anthologies, and he is a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award. Evan also serves as the story editor for Pop-Up Magazine, the world’s first live magazine, and cohosts the Longform podcast. Email Evan.
Jefferson Rabb (cofounder, CTO, creative director): Jefferson is a programmer, Web designer, app developer, and game builder who has been creating innovative Web sites for the publishing world for over a decade. He has created a unique digital presence for numerous bestselling authors, including Haruki Murakami, Jhumpa Lahiri, Laura Hillenbrand, Joshua Ferris, Gary Shteyngart, and many others. He previously worked on staff at MTV.com, Sephora.com, the Shooting Gallery, and Mutation Labs. Go here to check out his non-Atavist work. Email Jefferson.
Nicholas Thompson (cofounder, consultant): Nicholas is the editor of The New Yorker’s website and the critically acclaimed author of The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War (Henry Holt, 2009). He is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributing editor on both CNN International and Bloomberg Television, where he discusses technology news several times a week. Prior to his current job, he was a senior editor at The New Yorker, a senior editor at Wired, a senior editor at Legal Affairs, and an editor at Washington Monthly. Email Nicholas.
Business and Community
Inés Pacheco (chief revenue officer): Inés comes to Atavist from The Wall Street Journal, where she focused on advertising strategy and global sales operations. She started her career in publishing as a travel writer for Let’s Go, and soon realized she preferred the business side of the publishing business. A former management consultant for large media companies, she likes being able to wear sneakers to work, finally.When not thinking about digital media, Inés is usually chopping vegetables to put in her lunchbox. Email Inés.
Crystal Fawn Williams (director of engagement): Crystal has spent years working with organizations that are committed to innovative solutions to the challenges of contemporary publishing. Before coming to the Atavist, she worked as the Sales and Marketing Director at OR Books, an independent, progressive publishing house. She spends her free time convincing people to read more, and watch at least one art film a week. Email Crystal.
Olivia Koski (head of community): Olivia began her career at an aerospace company developing high-power lasers for the military. She has a M.A. in journalism from New York University, and her writing on science, technology, magicians, and lasers has appeared in Wired and Popular Mechanics. In her spare time, she lectures about the nuances of laser weapons, performs science-outreach theater with Guerilla Science, and makes documentaries. Email Olivia.
Jeff Sisson (senior developer): Jeff writes artful code, often about cities. Recent projects have shown at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, have been published in the New City Reader and the Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory, and are continuously updated online at ilikenicethings.com. Email Jeff.
Thomas Rhiel (front end developer): Thomas is a designer, web developer, and editor interested in creating beautiful online reading experiences. He comes to Atavist from Google, and is a founding editor of BKLYNR, which publishes in-depth stories about Brooklyn.
Oliver Budiardjo (Android developer): Oliver is has been developing for the Android platform since graduating from New York university where his studies focused on mathematical computing. His interest in mobile application development is motivated by making life more efficient for people invested in the future of technology. His other endeavors are centered around bringing technology, music, and good food to the people around him.
Charles Homans (executive editor): Charlie has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate, The Economist, and many other publications. He was previously a special correspondent for The New Republic, features editor of Foreign Policy, an editor at Washington Monthly, and a newspaper and public-radio reporter in Washington, Wyoming, and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. He has received the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award, was a finalist for the Livingston Award for national reporting, and has been anthologized in the Best American Science Writing series. He started his career covering the coal-mining industry for The News-Record in Gillette, Wyoming. Email Charles.
Gray Beltran (design director): Gray is a multimedia journalist who has written about film and music for newspapers in Southern California. He is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and the literary journalism program at the University of California, Irvine. In 2011, he traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories as a fellow in the Scripps Howard Program in Religion, Journalism and the Spiritual Life. Email Gray.
Megan Detrie (producer): Megan is a reporter and producer fascinated with how journalism is being re-imagined through new media tools. Based in the Middle East North Africa region for seven years, her recent work focused on social and cultural shifts in Egypt after the January 25 uprising. She’s reported for Monocle radio, Marfa Public Radio, and The National as well as many other publications. Megan is a graduate from the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
Bob Moses: Strategic media marketer and founder of two creative firms that served global media companies and brands with editorial content, brand strategy, and design. Launched and redesigned several magazines and sites, including MTV’s first newsstand magazine, an unprecedented integration of print, digital media, on-air and online programming, events, and merchandise. Author and editor of books on film and music, he continues to write on music and culture.
Nick Rockwell: Veteran media-focused technology executive. He currently oversees digital product development and technology for Condé Nast and was formerly chief technology officer at MTV Networks Digital.
Steven Johnson: Bestselling author of seven books, including The Ghost Map and Everything Bad Is Good for You, and founder of Web sites and companies including: FEED, outside.in, and, most recently, Findings. More on Steven at stevenberlinjohnson.com.
Lincoln Caplan: Visiting lecturer at Yale University, former editor and president of Legal Affairs, former staff writer at The New Yorker, author of five books, and former member of The New York Times editorial board.
Katrina Heron: Former editor-in-chief of Wired; former senior editor at The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times Magazine; and current Berkeley-based editor, writer, and director of the Chez Panisse Foundation.
Douglas McGray: Writer for This American Life, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications; senior fellow at the New America Foundation; and cofounder and editor-in-chief of Pop-Up Magazine.
John Kerner: Marketing executive who has held senior consumer-marketing positions at Time Inc. and Rodale, overseeing magazine brands including Sports Illustrated, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, and Golf Magazine.