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MAKE DIGITAL DISRUPTION
YOUR GROWTH ENGINE

A NEW KIND OF

DIGITAL GROWTH PARTNER

QCatalyst is a consulting firm, but we’re not consultants.

We’re executives and technologists who have led digital at The Washington Post, ABC/Disney, PBS, Vox, and Marriott.

We’ve walked in your shoes, challenged “the way it’s always been done,” and built rapid-growth businesses.

 

HOW WE HELP

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Our Engineering Clients Say...

...we’re a technology partner that helps them design, build, and launch groundbreaking digital products and platforms.

Software Engineering

Product Ideation

Product Management

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Design / UX

DevOps / System Administration

2018 Client Awards

2 Webbys, 1 Best of Amazon

 

Our Consulting Clients Say...

...we’re a digital innovation partner that helps them flip technology from threat to advantage. 

 

Revenue and Audience Growth

Subscription and Membership

Podcasting

Organizational Design & Alignment

Digital Training and Coaching

Data Analytics and Research

Content and Distribution Strategies

Renewal rate for first-time clients

88% 

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HOW WE WORK

 

We are diplomatic change agents and problem solvers.

 

We help clients move quickly. Yet underpinning everything we do is a deep emotional intelligence about the pace of organizational change, developed while leading digital at storied, complex brands.

OUR CLIENTS SAY WE'RE...

...collaborative, hands-on, and sometimes even fun.

 

“Thank you for always bringing your A-game brand of thoughtfulness, patience, focus, candor, and humor to every meeting and task. You really knocked it out of the park.”

Daniel Greenberg
Chief Digital Officer, WNET

"QCatalyst has been a trusted partner and advisor to the National Geographic Society in our journey of digital transformation.  Their engineering and product management leadership has been invaluable in helping us to build the products and infrastructure that the Society needs to deliver on our mission."

Jason Southern
CTO, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

“QCatalyst engineers are among the best I've seen in my career. They saved us months in re-architecting our platform when we needed to scale quickly.”

Bill Frischling
CEO, FACTBA.SE

“The QCatalyst experience forced many of us out of our comfort zones and into the unknown. But the staff achieved something amazing and now I can’t get them to stop talking about what they’re going to do next.”

Charles Holmes
CEO, WBHM-FM

Kevin Martin

CEO of  NPR/PBS Cleveland

“QCatalyst brought out our team’s inner Silicon Valley. We received deep benefits that extended way beyond our expectations. And QCatalyst has given us the tools to continue to build on the momentum.”

“World-class consulting that’s had impact up, down, and across our organization.”

Michael Isip

CEO and President, KQED

 

THE TEAM

JASON SEIKEN

CEO

Jason's teams have transformed iconic brands, ranging from The Washington Post to PBS.

 

The Guardian says Jason "reinvented PBS's fortunes ... transforming it from a conventional broadcaster."

 

Jason also was the founding editor of washingtonpost.com, a senior executive at AOL during its heyday, and the first American to run a British newsroom.

Jason specializes in leading premier brands to identify and execute on innovative growth strategies, as described in his Harvard Business Review web piece How I Got My Team to Fail More and his TEDx talk ​The Transformation of​ ​PBS​

JON BRENDSEL

CTO

Jon is an engineer/MBA who has built and led world-class product organizations at companies ranging from startups to AOL and PBS.

 

Jon's PBS product development organization built multiple award-winning platforms and products, including an iPad app CNET called “a true gift from TV heaven” and a video platform hailed by Variety as “arguably the most innovative and well designed on the market.”

 

Jon specializes in the creation of high-functioning and Agile product organizations that build brand-defining products. The products his team built helped PBS accomplish its goal of engaging a younger demographic, with AP declaring "PBS may be cooler than you think."

 Jon also led the Mail Products group for AOL, which served more than 80 million users of AOL mail. Most recently he was CIO of London’s Daily Telegraph, where he led the digital transformation of the Technology organization, including the introduction of OKRs.

ALEXIS RAPO

Senior Partner

Alexis is an Emmy-winning digital executive who has led digital at ABC Television and WGBH.  Most recently Alexis was the VP of Digital for WGBH, where she led digital strategy and worked with the producing teams of their national series such as Nova and American Experience, as well as local producers to grow their digital audiences.

 

Before that, she was the Vice President, Digital Media at Disney-ABC Television where she and her team collaborated with marketing and programming executives, show creators and showrunners to develop digital content strategies designed to connect audiences to new and long-running iconic series such as LOST and Grey’s Anatomy. She was responsible for defining and driving the overall strategy and P&L for ABC.com, Oscar.com, and other properties.

 

During her time leading ABC.com, ABC was a pioneer in the video streaming space as the first network to launch video on the iPhone and iPad. It also was also the first network to launch an ad-supported digital streaming player.

ANDREEA COSTIN 

Technical Manager

Andreea brings a wealth of engineering management experience spanning more than 15 years at companies ranging from startups (Faculte, Mobispine) to large services companies such as Softvision. Passionate about technology and agile practices, Andreea excels at building and leading high-performing engineering teams for clients large and small.

 

MIKE JENKINS

Senior Partner

Mike is a digital executive with 20+ years of digital experience building products, optimizing revenue and managing lines of business. His recent consulting engagements include digital strategy work for AARP, Sling TV, National Geographic, and independent media producers.  Prior to consulting, Mike held leadership roles as Managing Director of Revenue Strategy for PBS and led the product teams for the AOL e-commerce verticals.

ANDREA SPIEGEL

Senior Partner

Andrea spent the first part of her career in television and the past 20 years in digital media, including senior executive positions at AOL across editorial, social products and mobile.

As SVP Products and Video at Forbes, Andrea helped transform the magazine into an entrepreneurial and profitable digital company, with  Harvard University's Nieman Labs calling Forbes "a poster child for how to digitize a legacy company." She also served as Chief Product Officer of True/Slant, a news startup acquired by Forbes in 2010.

 

COLETTE RHONEY

Senior Partner, Content Strategy and Operations

Colette is a programming strategist, audience development expert and journalist with over 20 years of experience in digital.  She has led the growth of pioneering products including AOL.com and AOL Video and has worked on social media strategy for the U.S. Department of State across Europe. 

 

Beyond her work in digital, she produced NBC’s Meet the Press with Tim Russert, was a research assistant to legendary Washington Post columnist David S. Broder, and worked with award-winning PBS NewsHour journalist Gwen Ifill on her best-selling book about politics and race.

MATT MCMANUS

Senior Product Consultant

Matt has shipped products for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Twitter, PBS, Capital One, Thomson Reuters, PBS KIDS, and S&P Capital IQ. For Matt, the customer comes first. He prides himself in his ability to deeply understand customer needs, project where technology is headed in the next 3-5 years, and then deliver winning product strategies that result in positive business outcomes.

NATHAN TOBEY

Senior Consultant, Podcasting & Content Development

Nate is a duPont award-winning executive producer and digital innovator with particular expertise in podcast development and digital content strategy. He led the podcast and national cultural programming division at American Public Media, launched the hit Downton Abbey/Masterpiece podcast for WGBH, built the award-winning social media strategy for FRONTLINE, and led the digital transformation of Penn State Public Broadcasting.

KEVIN LOCKLAND

Senior Partner

Kevin ​is a 20-year veteran of digital media who has led the development of some of the internet's most innovative and popular sites. Before joining QCatalyst, Kevin was a senior executive at Vox Media, where he served as VP of Editorial and General Manager of SB Nation, which he grew into one of the top five digital sports brands in the US, helping Vox Media emerge as a leading digital-first company.

Kevin also held multiple leadership positions at AOL, including general manager for AOL Sports.

GO AHEAD,
ASK US ANYTHING.

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PAUL OPREA

Director of Engineering

Paul has built and led engineering teams for more than 15 years. In his former roles as Technical Lead, Engineering Manager and Client Partner in 3Pillar Global, he led initiatives and programs that enabled successes at Sky, PBS, Telegraph Media Group, and other companies. 

Paul is a keen advocate of teamwork culture, agility and pragmatic programming.

DANIEL KLAUSSEN

Senior Product Consultant

Dan has spent his career leading strategy and building innovative products for top brands.  He most recently served as Marriott’s VP of IT Strategy and Innovation. His group was responsible for prototyping and building products using emerging technologies to help Marriott stay ahead of changing user behaviors and enterprise architecture.

Before Marriott, Dan led Product Strategy and Product Management at worked at 3Pillar Global. His work led to partnerships with clients such as Carfax, Geico, K12, and Hobsons, and included embedding for three years at PBS to create the overall mobile video strategy and building of the PBS mobile apps and platforms.  Dan also held product leadership roles at iXL and Netscape Communications.