Internet as a Platform for the Exchange of Ideas

Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 PM

A talk with Brian Amerige (Co-Founder & CEO of Thoughtful).

Address: 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78705

Parking: Paid parking can be found in the Rowling Garage, the AT&T Garage, or the Dobie Garage. Additional parking can be found on the street along Guadalupe Street.

Brian’s Bio:

When I was 14 years old, I decided that my purpose in life was to amplify human capability and raise standards. For the past 17 years, that’s what I’ve spent most of my time doing in one form or another.

Today, I’m the co-founder of Thoughtful, a new invite-only social platform that’s exclusively for thoughtful content. We believe in the power of the Internet to enrich our lives and minds—not distract us with stimulating junk. If you’re an engineer or designer who wants to build the Internet’s platform for ideas the right way—get in touch.

For the past 7 years I worked at Facebook, before my somewhat controversial departure. Most recently I led the team responsible for building tools and providing education and support for community leaders using Facebook Groups.

Previously, I started and led the Core App UI team at Facebook, where we built design and engineering infrastructure to make Facebook feel more cohesive and simultaneously make our product teams more efficient. We also redesigned much of News Feed, commenting, and navigation patterns.

When I joined Facebook, I helped ship the first native iOS app shortly before tech-leading Paper—an ambitious new way to use Facebook on the iPhone that was widely regarded as one of the best iPhone apps ever made.

I’m an Objectivist, and attribute most of my own happiness to the integration I’ve achieved between my philosophical views, the way I live each day, and the long-term goals I spend my time focused on. In my spare time I use Thoughtful, drive and obsessively detail sports cars, and go for long, ambling walks through the mountainous grandeur of Utah.