SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2014) - Maker Media, Inc. announced today that Gregg Brockway has been named CEO. Maker Media, a digital media, commerce and events company, publishes Make: magazine and digital and print books, produces the worldwide franchise of over 100 Maker Faires, and operates the Maker Shed, an online retailer of DIY electronics, kits and books. Brockway steps into the role held by Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media, founding publisher of Make: magazine and co-founder of Maker Faire. Maker Media was spun out of O'Reilly Media, January 1, 2013 with the support of OATV and Floodgate venture partners.
"Since the launch of Make: nearly 10 years ago, the team at Maker Media has been the catalyst for a worldwide maker movement. Our online and print content, events, and store provide a global platform for a passionate community of tinkerers, inventors, engineers and builders to access and share projects, engage in hands-on learning, and discover new tools and technology. As a result, the maker movement is experiencing burgeoning growth and we're seeing new opportunities every day," said Dougherty. "If we are to take full advantage of the growth, we need to scale as an organization. We need to be smart about developing our own resources, clear about our focus and improve our ability to execute. This will be Gregg's job, as our new CEO of Maker Media."
Brockway has a track record of building large teams and successful businesses on- and offline, including Hotwire, TripIt, Classic Vacations and most recently Chairish. After joining OATV as a Venture Partner six months ago, Brockway had been spending an extensive amount of time with Dougherty and Make: in an advisory capacity.
"When I met Dale several years ago, I was inspired by his vision for the maker movement and its potential to have a positive impact on business, local communities, and education," said Brockway. "Since then I've become increasingly excited about the opportunity to partner with Dale to build a great company and help amplify the impact of the maker movement around the world. When he asked me to be CEO, I couldn't help but say yes."
Prior to joining OATV, Brockway was a co-founder and chief product officer at Hotwire; co-founder and president at TripIt; and executive chairman and co-founder of Chairish, a marketplace startup specializing in pre-owned, upscale home furnishings. He will continue in his role as chairman of the board and advisor to Chairish. In addition, Brockway is an angel investor, and sits on the boards of Insightly, CLEAR, The Centrist Project, Live Oak School and Turnkey Vacation Rentals. He attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School. He is a long-time Maker Faire Bay Area fan and ran a Maker Club at his children's school. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Anna and has three little makers ages 8-11.
As Executive Chairman, Dougherty's vision and mission will continue to be the guiding force for the brand, and the external face of Make: as he focuses on building and connecting the maker community. Dougherty also will continue to be involved in editorial and content strategy, business development and product development. As part of this process, he will forge strategic partnerships with key collaborators that support maker education, and global, cultural, and economic initiatives.
"The maker movement is contributing to a thriving market ecosystem, serving the needs of makers as they seek out product support, startup advice, and funding avenues. Make: plays an important role as a collaborator and resource for makers as they transition from hobbyists to professionals," added Dougherty.
About MAKER MEDIA
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Co-located in Sebastopol and Oakland, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.