Erik is currently the Principal Technical Architect at AT&T The Foundry. Erik was the CTO of Spot.us, a global platform for community-funded local reporting (winner of the Knight News Challenge). Previously, Erik co-founded Allvoices.com, where he served as the VP of Social Media and User Interface. Allvoices.com is a global community that shares news, videos, images and opinions. Erik helped Allvoices raise $7.5M in venture capital and grow to 8M unique visitors per month, making it the largest citizen journalism portal in the world.
Erik was a fellow in the Reuters Digital Vision Program (http://www.rdvp.org) at Stanford University between 2005-2006. As an RDVP fellow, he created the website inthefieldONLINE.net, which drew widespread recognition from major global media including PBS, CNN and BBC, and was featured on Discovery International’s Rewind 2006 as one of the 25 highlights of the Year.
Erik is a prolific blogger, and is considered an expert on social and user-generated media, group dynamics, cellphone technology, and community building. He has directed the launch, architecture and concept of several social media sites including En Glamourprinsessas Dagbok, which was the biggest blog in Sweden for three years in a row between 2005 to 2008. He is an advisor to BlooSee.com: a platform for individuals and companies to collaborate and share data on the oceans of the world.
Erik has a keen interest and proven track record in the next generation cellphone applications, particularly those focused on meeting the needs of the poor, and of people in the developing world. He consults in social media and software (PHP, Ruby on Rails, Android), user-generated media, online group dynamics and the future of news and media.