Zach Brand

Zach Brand
Chief of Tech. Strategy & Ops, NPR, Digital media

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Zach J. Brand

SrDir, Chief of Technical Strategy & Operation,
NPR Digital Media

In the fall of 2007, Zach J. Brand joined NPR Digital Media to oversee the technical strategy and operation of NPR’s content on new media platforms, including, podcasts and mobile devices. He has focused on developing extensible and re-usable architectures for tools and content which support both NPR branded products as well as NPR member station’s efforts. Recent efforts have included the redesigned, and Peabody award winning website, mobile apps including iPhone, iPad and Android, and the NPR API.

Prior to joining NPR, Brand spent over twelve years at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. At different times his responsibilities included both application development leadership and infrastructure management for the various websites produced by WPNI including,, and BudgetTravel Online. He played key roles in development of the various content management systems, display ad and classified advertisement technologies, and the core infrastructure architecture which maintained a best in class availability for The Washington Post’s flagship website during his tenure.

Other achievements during Brand’s career include architecting a customization application and website for, overseeing technology for the first website produced by Barnes & Noble, and running his own multimedia company.


Mobile, Strategy & Business Models
Location: New York East
Tags: mobile
Zach Brand (NPR, Digital media)
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Good architecture of systems and flexibility of content has also allowed NPR to have the freedom and agility to quickly deploy solid user experience and elegant design to multiple platforms. This presentation will cover lessons learned in expanding functionality of its' API, deploying new features to its' website, mobile apps, the day one launch of NPR's iPad app and HTML5 website. Read more.
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