Joshua Dern has worked on some of the best-known media properties and built many pioneering digital products. He’s currently the co-founder and CEO of Pickaxe Foundry. Learn more about Pickaxe!
Prior to founding Pickaxe Foundry, Joshua was co-founder of Dynamite Labs, a venture backed startup focused on innovation in video storytelling. Dynamite was one of the first mobile storytelling platforms that allowed users to record videos with realtime motion tracked face-masks.
And before that, he also held roles including as the Chief Product Officer for Bedrocket Media Ventures, a venture-backed disruptive media company founded by Ken Lerer (the co-founder of Huffington Post), and Brian Bedol (the founder of multiple successful cable networks). Joshua was responsible for developing and marketing a portfolio of innovative media products, technology platforms, and content destinations for Bedrocket’s brands and partners, and the products they’re creating are changing the way people discover and consume great entertainment in the cloud. Successes at Bedrocket included Network A (www.networka.com), Flama (www.theflama.com), and Boxxspring (www.boxxspring.com).
Prior to joining Bedrocket, Joshua oversaw the team responsible for designing the award winning HBO GO experiences for Huge, one of the world’s leading digital agencies, along with other leading brand destinations including projects for MTV, Astral Media, Food Network, and OK Cupid.
Before Huge, he served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Social Media in the Global Digital Media group of MTV Networks, where he was responsible for overseeing product development and global strategy for incorporating and executing social media across MTVN’s portfolio of more than 200 brands and web sites around the world, including such iconic brands as MTV, Vh1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Spike, and others. Joshua was responsible for overseeing the development of Flux, MTV Networks innovative social media platform, which in under two years grow to over 12M members and more than 7,000 publishers.
Prior to his experience at MTV, Joshua held various positions in the entertainment industry, pioneering the convergence of the internet and traditional media, including almost a decade developing Atlantic Records‘ industry leading new media department. Joshua first joined Atlantic Records as one of the first digital media experts in 1997, where over the years he served not only as creative director and head of production for the digital media department, but he also served as a key strategist in evaluating new business models and technologies, oversaw anti-piracy policies, and acted as the company’s net business expert. With his help Atlantic Records produced many award winning and innovative industry firsts, including award winning artist web sites, label sites, cd-roms, mobile entertainment, and DVDs.
In addition to his work, Joshua has been a touring musician, freelance artist, filmmaker, photographer, and marketing consultant, and he has participated in numerous think tanks, lectures, and conferences on media, technology, and the future of the entertainment industry.