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Atavist is enabling the next generation of multimedia storytelling; its platform lets you instantly publish to mobile devices and the web.

  • Stage $500K in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Internet / Web Services
  • Location Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded July 2010
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

Atavist is a media and software company at the forefront of digital, mobile publishing. We publish our own highly-acclaimed multimedia ebooks and app, and license our unique “create once, publish everywhere” SaaS platform. Launched in January 2011, the company is profitable and poised for growth. Our customers include Pearson, TED Conferences, and the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.


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    Evan Ratliff
    CEO, co-founder

    One of New York magazine’s 21 New Media Innovators in 2011, Evan is an award-winning journalist, author, and contributing editor at Wired magazine. His writing appears regularly in publications including The New Yorker, Outside, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine and many other publications.

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    Jefferson Rabb
    CTO, creative director, co-founder

    Jeff 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 authors Haruki Murakami, Laura Hillenbrand, Joshua Ferris, Gary Shteyngart, and many others.

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    Nicholas Thompson
    Co-founder, consultant

    Nick is a senior editor at The New Yorker and the critically acclaimed author of The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War. He is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributing editor on Bloomberg Television. He is a technology contributor for CNN International who appears on News Stream every Tuesday morning to discuss the week in tech.

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    Stefanie Syman
    Head of Strategy & Business Development

    Stefanie is a writer, editor, and entrepreneur with deep experience in the world of digital publishing. In 1995, she was the co-founder and founding editor of FEED, an award-winning web magazine. She was founding editorial director of She is the author of The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Vogue.


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    Gunderson Dettmer
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    Marks Paneth & Shron

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