Brian David Crane

a digital entrepreneur and aspiring polymath

Raised in a small Southern town at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, Brian got an early start as an entrepreneur. He launched his first business, Brian's Windridge Lawn Care, with a rake, a mower, and a dream after his father showed up with a riding lawn mower in the back of the family minivan instead of the yellow mountain bike that Brian craved.

At 16, tired of applying aloe to sunburns, Brian stopped cutting grass and started recycling printer cartridges when he co-founded Cash4Cartridges USA. He grew the company while at the University of Tennessee and sold it shortly after returning from living a year abroad in Argentina.

After college, Brian moved to Silicon Valley to be part of the original leadership team at Inflection. Thanks to several amazing mentors, he learned how to build and profitably scale web properties. To date, he’s helped launch four multimillion-dollar digital brands, including Archives.com, which was bought by Ancestry.com for $100 million three years after its launch, and LuckyGunner.com, which has grown to be one of the premier online ammunition retailers in America.

Now, Brian is helping make CallerSmart the best app for helping iPhone users with unknown or unwanted calls and texts. Dubbed "turnt up caller ID" by BuzzFeed, CallerSmart users compete amongst one another to keep over 600 million U.S. phone book listings accurate and up-to-date for everyone. As the founder, Brian is regularly quoted in the press and has written for Inc, Forbes, Yahoo's "Small Business Advisor" section and elsewhere online about how to successfully build and run distributed teams.

Personally, Brian travels with several of his closest friends and works from different cities worldwide, changing locations every few months. This started after he sold most of his possessions - except for his Piaggio (Italian for macho scooter) and his beloved treadmill desk - to pursue a more holistic lifestyle.

An "aspiring polymath", Brian is an avid reader and a student of the habits and tools of the world's top performers. Inspired to make our world a better place, he loves to connect and collaborate with talented people all over the globe.


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