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Our story

Atavist was founded by Evan (a writer), Nick (an editor), and Jeff (a programmer) back in 2011, when conventional wisdom held that “the end of the attention span” was upon us and that “the death of longform” was imminent. We believed instead that the web could be a thriving home for deeper stories, beautiful design, and innovative publications. So we built a software platform to make it all possible, and a magazine to show how it’s done.

Atavist is now home for tens of thousands of storytellers, from giant companies to small nonprofits, from national magazines to college students, from branded content mavens to hard-bitten journalists. Our groundbreaking flagship publication, The Atavist Magazine, is an eight-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the first digital-only magazine to win for feature writing.

Our mission

Writing and designing on the web shouldn’t feel like going to the DMV. Our goal is to enable creative individuals and organizations to produce beautiful and shareable stories, attract new audiences, and build business around their work—without knowing a line of code.

Our investors

Conceived in a bar in 2009, Atavist is proud to now be backed by IAC, Innovation Endeavors, Founders Fund, Andreesen Horowitz, the Knight Foundation, and a group of experienced angel investors.