About Nathan

Nathan T. Wright

The Web has been a part of my DNA since the night I dialed in to Telnet with a 14.4 baud modem and discovered IRC (Internet Relay Chat). From that evening in 1994, I became obsessed with how human culture could be re-shaped by the speed, accessibility and freedom of information. My interests include digital media, art, business, gardening, space exploration, all things sci-fi, and I’ve developed a healthy cynicism for the marketing world. I tweet at @nathantwright and post illustrations on tumblr and flickr.

My professional bio:

Nathan T. Wright began his career in the advertising agency world, where he developed digital media strategy for clients of all shapes and sizes. His interest in social networks led him to entrepreneurship and the formation of Lava Row, a consulting firm dedicated to helping large corporations navigate the ever-shifting digital media space with emphasis on training, best practices and business value. He currently leads a variety of digital initiatives at Hy-Vee, a supermarket retailer with over 235 stores and $8 billion in sales.

Nathan is a frequent presenter at industry conferences such as South by Southwest Interactive and in front of professional organizations and universities. He has taught Internet marketing as an adjunct instructor at Drake University and is active in the Des Moines technology, start-up and entrepreneur community. He currently serves on advisory boards for the University of Northern Iowa Interactive Digital Studies program and Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communications.

Nathan graduated from the Iowa State University College of Design in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. He once attempted to sell his soul on eBay, earning him 15 minutes of worldwide fame and mockery. He aspires to one day be distinguished enough to wear a monocle.

Above photo credit: Anna Jones