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Smash is your go-to place for what’s trending on the web. Launched in 2014 Smash.com covers all manner of intriguing topics, from the latest #trend blowing up in your social news feed to unusual art, tech from the near future, news of the weird, animations, cinema, gaming, megalolz, sports, internet culture and, OK sure, maybe the odd pet video too.

Founded by three old school internet buddies—Eric Bauman (eBaum), Ryan Milnes (aBum) and Wesley Dunton (Wesbo)—they’ve all been in the internet business in one form or another for over a decade. So they decided to band together to pool their extensive internet experience, knowledge, resources and love of a good time-wasting video to create a website.

Mulling the idea over for some years (a lot) and not seeing anything out there they liked, they finally decided to collaborate and create their own entertainment portal and this right here is the result. Back in the day when the sound of dial up filled the air they ran some of the biggest sites on the web: eBaum’s World, aBum and Kontraband. It was a springboard for them to merge their talents into various other online ventures and become some of the most influential people in this field.

Hailing from three different countries—America, Canada and the UK—and emerging, fully formed, from the cyber melting pot of Web 1.0 they have expertise in various fields: from viral marketing to social networks, start-ups and beyond—they’re also consummate pros at sitting, transfixed, in front of a computer screen all day and night.

Eric Bauman is co-founder and CEO, co-founder Ryan Milnes is responsible for putting his fingers in all the important business pies and co-founder Wesley Dunton is IDFE director. Senior editor is Kevin Holmes, Raoul Wilson is tech editor and Alexis Sinclair is our gaming editor. Vladimir Novachki keeps things running smoothly as systems administrator along with developer Aleksandar Burzevski.

Smash has offices in New York, L.A., London and Toronto. If you want to get in touch, send us a tip or drop in for a cup of tea hit up the contact page

Meantime, if you want to get a little more up close and personal (and put a face to a name) with some of our team – take a look below.

Eric

Eric Bauman Co-founder & CEO

Eric founded and ran eBaum’s World which he sold in 2008. Since then he started and continues to run novelty t-shirt company betterthanpants.com. He missed the world of viral media so much though that he decided to jump back into it with Smash. Eric loves to travel and is a complete sports car fanatic. He is based in upstate New York.

Ryan

Ryan Milnes Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer

Ryan went to film school in Toronto before going on to become a board member and owner of Rumble.com, along with owning a software development company in Europe called Cosmic Development which has 70 employees in over three countries. He is also an angel investor who has made investments in Geeklist, Skycatch and Layer.com. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Wesbo

Wesley Dunton Co-founder, IDFE Director & Senior Editor

Wesley is a viral strategy & marketing expert who runs viral marketing agency Noodle Media as well as being a resident editor on numerous website publications. He has also worked as consulting viral strategist for Dennis Publishing, was co-founder, creative director and editor-in-chief of Kontraband, an animation director for game legends Sensible Software and spent time as a fashion photographer and video director. Wesley lives in London with his beloved dog, Noodle.

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Kevin Holmes Senior Editor

Kevin is a writer and editor who previously worked as executive editor for The Creators Project and has written for VICE.com and Wired UK magazine, as well as numerous online publications. He’s also produced a number of short documentary films exploring innovative tech-based artists and filmmakers. He lives in London not far from the psychogeographical hotspot that is Shooter’s Hill.

Raoul

Raoul Wilson Tech Editor

Raoul is a writer and weird fiction aficionado who enjoys speculating on the more far-out technological possibilities that could be on the horizon. He looks forward to the day when we can command matter using nanotechnology—google “utility fog” and prepare for your mind to be blown. Raoul lives in NYC and is a devotee of Spaghetti Cat.

Alexis Alexis Sinclair Gaming Editor

Alexis is a Mario fangirl and can often be found lost in Super Mario Galaxy (she’s even navigated the platforming hellhole that is the purple coin challenge in the Toy Time Galaxy), or screaming hate-filled expletives at anyone who dares challenge her in any iteration of Mario Kart. She likes to ponder the brain-aching possibilities the Oculus Rift holds for gaming and wishes she could get her hands on one. *hint hint* She lives in Los Angeles and likes turtles.

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James learned all he ever needed to know about politics by watching The West Wing—and also happens to be a political science grad. He yearns to head on the campaign trail one of these days, maybe it will come in time to follow the first female US president on her path to the White House. James is based in Washington, D.C.

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Samantha (Sam) Wallace Film Editor

Sam enjoys getting lost in a Tarkovsky movie but is also partial to Will Ferrell’s back catalogue. She is a big fan of Edgar Wright, animation, David Lynch, Jane Campion—films of all creeds and styles and genres really. When she’s not sat at home watching movies on her laptop she’s out thinking about what movies she’s going to watch on her laptop when she gets home. Sam is based in Barcelona.

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Vladimir Novachki Back-end developer

Vladimir is a software engineer from Skopje, Macedonia and works as web developer and team leader at Cosmic Development. In his free time he develops mobile applications, one of which is Find The City—the most downloaded mobile game in Macedonia. The game was also a finalist at the contest “What Is Your Application” organised by the Agency for electronic communications (AEK). Vladimir also creates hardware prototypes such as a Bluetooth driven mobile car and a Gmail LED notifier.

Alex

Aleksandar Burzevski Front-end developer

Aleks is a Certified Adobe Expert and Certified Internet Webmaster who has three years experience as a freelance web developer and designer and three more as a front-end developer in large teams at web development companies. For the past year he’s been part of IT firm Cosmic Development’s design team as a designer and developer/coder. Aleks is based in Macedonia.

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