About Booktrope


Ken Shear

Co-Founder and CEO
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Ken is the CEO of Booktrope. He started Booktrope in order to develop a new approach to publishing which would preserve the value offered by the traditional publishing model but organized in a less centralized way with more emphasis on autonomous creative teams. Ken has previously helped start several companies in other fields (mostly information retrieval and legal support). He has also practiced law, been a newspaper reporter, and published a book of his own, Unoriginal Misunderstanding (about the early history of the 1st Amendment).

Katherine Sears

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer
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Twitter @ksearsbooks

Katherine is the Chief Marketing Officer at Booktrope Publishing. She comes to Booktrope with a background in technology and online marketing in both Seattle and California, working at companies such as NetApp, ADIC and Siemens. Her life long love of books and a desire to bring a new type of focus to marketing them had her join forces to create Booktrope. She has also worked as an actress, a corporate trainer, and holds a degree in theater from the University of Southern California.

Andy Roberts

Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer
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Twitter @andylroberts

Andy has over 15 years of experience building and managing Internet companies. Before joining Booktrope, Andy served as the Director of Software Development for The Selling Source (exit to London Bay Capital for $130M), responsible for all major systems for the company. Prior to joining TSS, Andy was a web architect at the IBM Center for eBusiness Excellence (NYSE:IBM) building web properties for UPS, Univision, Wimbledon.org, and others. Andy received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee.


Special mention for Alice Porter, cofounder and managing editor, worked on the Libertary project from June, 2009 to November, 2010.