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. Together with the diverse and talented team of developers, editors, designers, and other creative folk now gathered at Atavist HQ in Brooklyn, 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.
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.
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.
Atavist was founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, and launched in 2011.
Evan is an award-winning journalist for The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Wired, where he has been a contributing editor for over 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.
CTO/Head of Product
Jefferson is a programmer, web designer, app developer, and game builder who has been creating innovative websites 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 at MTV.com, Sephora.com, the Shooting Gallery, and Mutation Labs. Go here to check out his non-Atavist work.
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.
Our talented group of designers and coders are the folks who build Atavist, the software that powers everything we do.
Tom is a writer and painter formerly based in Providence, Rhode Island. He documents and posts about his work at tombubul.info.
Head of Design
Dylan is a designer and writer. He has worked at Etsy, Local Projects, Macmillan Publishers, Big Human, and Barclays Capital designing books, stories, installations, games, and apps. He earned his MFA in graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design and his BA in Creative Writing at Cornell. On the side, he hosts the IM Readings series, crafts paper projects, and has brunch.
Front End Designer/Developer
As a journalist, designer, and front-end developer, Amelia is fascinated by the intersection of journalism and technology. She completed her BA in liberal arts at Sarah Lawrence College, studied at Oxford University’s Wadham College, and received her MS at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she majored in interactive production and magazine editing. A Northern California native, she is also an avid music listener, food eater, and travel enthusiast.
Director of Reader Experience
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.
Atavist’s business desk is staffed with nerds for all things media.
Director of Engagement
Crystal spent years working with organizations that are committed to innovative solutions to the challenges of contemporary publishing. Before coming to 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 watches at least one art film a week.
Nick takes his approach to building client relationships from his time as an editor at Simon & Schuster, where he spent three years developing and championing author projects. Before joining Simon & Schuster, Nick graduated from Brown University with a degree in nonfiction writing and held internships at Scholastic, McSweeney’s, and n+1. He’s the only staff member who doesn’t live in Brooklyn.
Kathleen is a recent graduate from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she studied fiction. Before the MFA, she was the Business Manager and an Assistant Editor at n+1, and she also worked at the Institute for the Future of the Book. During undergrad, Kathleen was the features director at Brown Student Radio.
Head of Strategy, Business Development, and Operations
Gordon has spent several years working in strategy and business development for various media and tech companies. Prior to joining Atavist, he was an independent consultant to early-stage startups, served as director of strategy and corporate development at the second-screen app Viggle, and worked at MTV Networks. He started his career by making the unusual move from film production and screenwriting to investment banking in the media industry. Gordon is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.
The Atavist Magazine team assigns, edits, and produces our monthly publication of narrative nonfiction, including the multimedia experience we create for each one.
Katia is an editor and writer whose work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Columbia Journalism Review, Modern Farmer, and Outside magazine. She is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and the Columbia School of Mixology. She was briefly the senior editor of Racket and remains a contributing editor at Racket Teen!
Design Director, Director of Mixology
Gray is a designer, photographer, and 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 at 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.
Megan is a reporter and producer fascinated with how journalism is being reimagined through new media tools. Megan was based in the Middle East and North Africa for seven years, where her work focused on social and cultural shifts in Egypt after the January 25 uprising. She has 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.
Joel is a former deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine and has also worked at Harper’s and GQ. In addition to his work for The Atavist Magazine, he is a contributing editor to the radio show This American Life and the podcast Serial.