8020 Publishing is a revolutionary new hybrid media company, bringing the best of magazines and the web together. We harness the diversity and depth of online communities to create printed magazines that are uniquely relevant and insightful.

Welcome, Jason DeFillippo!

Posted by Derek Powazek on 11 February 2007 (Bios)

Here's a long-overdue welcome to 8020's VP of Technology, Jason DeFillippo. Jason's been working with us since the beginning, actually. We've just been too busy to post about it.

Jason DeFillippo has spent the past 12 years building award-winning websites while working for companies such as DigitalFacades (acquired by RareMedium), Rocktropolis Inc. (acquired by N2K), Boxtop Inc. (acquired by iXL), and Paramount Motion Pictures. At Paramount, and later Faction Creative, he built websites for dozens of top grossing feature films including Titanic, Mission: Impossible 2, and Star Trek: First Contact. Jason recently worked at Technorati Inc., where he oversaw the technical integration of several backend systems into their award-winning website.

In his spare time, Jason singlehandedly created Blogrolling.com, the first web service to target bloggers' sidebars and turned into an overnight sensation garnering 2 Bloggie Awards for “Best Weblog Directory or Update Monitor.” He eventually sold the company to Tucows Inc. in 2004. He is also the cofounder of Metroblogging, the worlds largest local blog network.

Welcome, Devin!

Posted by Derek Powazek on 17 August 2006 (Bios)

Please give a warm welcome to our first fulltime hire, Devin Poolman, who will be wearing the bizdev pants in the 8020 family.

Devin recently completed his MBA at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business with a focus on digital media. While at Haas, Devin worked with BitTorrent through their pre-funding days up to their recent relaunch. He also consulted recently with Lucasfilm, Virgin Mobile, and THX. Prior to all that, Devin spent four years at Zero G Software, a multi-platform software tools company, before they were acquired by Macrovision. He brings both product management and business development experience, and will be working on innovative advertising and distribution strategies for 8020 Publishing.

Other excellent Poolman trivia:

  • He knows what to do with a volleyball. He played at Stanford and won the 1997 NCAA Championship, and played professionally in Switzerland and on the AVP professional beach volleyball tour in USA.
  • Worked for a couple years as a sports agent for professional volleyball players in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
  • He and his wife Vanessa are currently training for the Honolulu Marathon in December. To date, they've raised over $4,000 for the SF AIDS Foundation.
  • He enjoys trips to Tahoe, snowboarding, and playing bridge.

Welcome, Devin!