Distractify's mission is to help people discover
and create great stories that matter to them.
Distractify is a leading entertainment company in the mobile era. Through an understanding of content creation and social sharing, Distractify publishes some of the most popular content on the Web, exploring culture, lifestyle, human insight, and humor. Since launching in October 2013, Distractify has reached over 200m global readers.

Team

We're a group of curious people who have impacted online communities like Youtube and Reddit with side projects. Our lead data engineer helped pioneer blogging at Six Apart. Building content experiences that matter to people is in our DNA.

  • Quinn Hu

    Quinn Hu

    CEO

  • Yosef Lerner

    Yosef Lerner

    Creative Director

  • Jake Heppner

    Jake Heppner

    Senior Editor

  • Mark Pygas

    Mark Pygas

    Lead Viral Writer

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    In 2013, Quinn founded Distractify at the age of 20. Since starting on YouTube in 2008, he has built a loyal following of over 1.5 million. Quinn’s understanding of shareable content is what lead Distractify to be the fastest website to reach 10 million uniques in a given month. He is also the proud father of two cats and the brother of two dogs.
    The internet raised me better than this.
    Jake is an Internet leader in tracking and predicting virality. Since joining in 2012, he has accrued over half a billion views on YouTube in less than 2 years. He is also the resident alpaca hairstyles aficionado. 
    Mark manages several of our teams to ensure the smooth running of Distractify. He also works with us as a content producer for the site and is a Geography and History graduate of the University of Hull.
  • Averi Clements

    Averi Clements

    Creative Writer

  • Megan McCormick

    Megan McCormick

    Creative Writer

  • Maia McCann

    Maia McCann

    Social Media Manager

  • Pinar

    Pinar

    Lead Arts & Photography Writer

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    Averi is our current events and Internet trends writer. She is also a TEFL/TESOL certified ESL teacher, with plenty of other official-sounding acronyms to her name. When she can't express herself with words, she turns to fighting MMA and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
    Meg is a New Englander now living in Brooklyn, NY. She likes cute animals more than people and coffee more than water. She has previously written content for Buzzfeed as well as Death and Taxes magazine. Meg is now a creative writer for Distractify.
    Maia is an East Village resident who can't imagine not living in a city where she can have tacos at 4 am on a Tuesday just 'cuz. Her main hobbies include buying shoes, staring at Google Analytics, complaining about spin class playlists, and partaking in philosophical debates with her pug, BJ Buford.
    Pinar is a Brooklyn-based human who occasionally writes in third person. With a passionate interest in the arts—highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between—she takes delight in sharing creative and culturally rich content with the world. She has a brother named Gurkan. Hi Gurkan.
  • Matt Buco

    Matt Buco

    Creative Writer

  • Maarten Schenk

    Maarten Schenk

    Lead Data Engineer

  • Lily Stevenson

    Lily Stevenson

    Executive Assistant and Project Manager

  • Beth Buczynski

    Beth Buczynski

    Lead Sustainability Writer

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    Matt is a father to a 1-year-old daughter and a dog in a wheelchair. He is from New York and is one of the best NES tetris players in the world. When he's not photoshopping birds with arms or practicing tetris, he writes for Distractify.
    Maarten Schenk lives and works in Belgium, where he studied computer linguistics and so far has worked on speech recognition software at Lernout & Hauspie, a blogging platform at Skynet and on various blog and blogging-software related projects at Six Apart and at YesItCan.be. Maarten's hobby projects have a tendency to get out of hand, one of them (youasked.it) went from idea to Techcrunch in three days and another one led directly to his current position at Distractify.
    Lily is a University of St. Andrews grad, lover of all things horses and chocolate, and kind of photographer. When she's not on her latest travel or hiking adventure, she's planning her future with that nerdy guy from National Treasure and/or Harry Potter.
    Beth is a Colorado-based, planet-loving writer with fancy degrees in Creative Writing and Communications (See? Sometimes they come in handy). She likes outdoor concerts, growing things, and pays way too much attention to her cat. Before Distractify, she blogged all over the Interwebs and authored a book about sharing.
  • Rachel Oakley

    Rachel Oakley

    Creative Writer

  • Alex Scola

    Alex Scola

    Lead Travel Writer

  • Nikolay Pivovarov

    Nikolay Pivovarov

  • Oleg Pankiv

    Oleg Pankiv

    product manager

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    Rachel Oakley is a NYC-based Aussie writer with a passion for the arts, travel and philosophy. She's also got a thing for Louis C.K., movie marathons and the lowest form of wit, sarcasm. Follow her @unpublished
    Alex is a native Las Vegan (not to be confused with any other kind of vegan), currently living in Portland, OR. With a knack for turning passions into income, he has worked in a variety of arenas, from personal fitness to music and film. When he’s not writing, traveling, writing about traveling, or doing one of a million other hobbies he doesn’t have time for, he chips away at his major life goals of owning a batmobile and being a superhero.
    Was graduated with diplomas - "Engineer electronic" in 1993 and "Engineer programer" in 2001. Has been working in IT industry more than 15 years, has a good technical expertise and took a part in software development in different positions as senior software engineer, technical leader and business analyst. Last 5 years has been working as projects manager.
    Multi-skilled Project Manager with solid technical expertise and comprehensive knowledge
  • Dmitriy Barbashov

    Dmitriy Barbashov

    TECHNICAL LEADER

  • Roman Stelmakh

    Roman Stelmakh

    Android LEAD

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    Dmitriy has been working in IT industry more than 10 years. He have strong expertise in Network Administration, Software Development. Now he is manager of Distractify R1 development team. Likes extreme sports, such as downhill skiing, skydiving, motocross.
    Experienced software engineer with a passion for excellent design and user experience. Successfully participated in the design and development of many medium and large-sized projects for US and Europe markets. Currently focused on building great apps for mobile devices.
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