In our early days, we lived and worked together in Bali and Peru. These days, Publishizer is headquartered in Amsterdam, with an office in New York City.
Jesse sits squarely at the intersection of publishing and promotion – having signed two publishing deals on two different continents and navigated the world of becoming a best-selling author twice. It has been his honor to publish 100+ books during his 6-year tenure as founder & publisher of Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press - The Publisher for The Passionate. In addition to being featured on over 50 media outlets for his best-selling book Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Jesse has been an entrepreneur his entire adult life and holds degrees from University of California, Berkeley, as well as National Taiwan University and Beijing Normal University.
Lee’s recent book deals include The Business of Influence by social media influencer Neal Schaffer (HarperCollins), That One Cigarette by award-winning Hollywood screenwriter Stu Krieger (Harvard Square Editions), and Live Big by investor and business coach Ajit Nawalkha (BenBella Books). Lee was also Co-founder and Editor-In-Chief at CG Magazine in Las Vegas, and then worked in editorial and marketing for startup accelerators in New York. Favorite book: The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.
Head of Engineering
Tobias is a book and music lover. And he loves great and reliable solutions on the web, that’s why he built the Publishizer app right from the beginning. Being a full stack developer and project lead for over a decade now he’s always looking for the right technologies to push Publishizer forward.
Kate specializes in memoir, politics, literary fiction, and YA books. Her recent book deals include Unchained by Tonya Whittle (Morgan James) and The Infinity Chronicles by Joe Basile (Odyssey). Kate comes from Aevitas Creative, a literary agency based in New York City where she worked with best selling authors. A true bibliophile by nature, she has a habit of buying used books to add to her already overflowing collection. She couldn’t possibly begin to choose a favorite book but one she never tires of is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
Julia works with history, philosophy, and literary fiction. Since early age she collects Russian classics and gets mesmerized by Japanese fiction touch, while enjoying satirical books such as A Confederacy of Dunces by J. K. Toole. Julia comes from the Project Management industry and she’s a polyglot: Spanish and Catalan are both her native languages, though she’s also fluent in English, French, Russian and Italian. You can either find her digging around in a record store or at a library in the foreign authors section. Favorite book: The Egyptian by Mika Waltari.
Publishizer started as a crowdfunding platform for books, and was soon accepted into the 500 Startups accelerator in Mountain View, California. Publishizer, Inc. was born on May 22, 2015.
We realised early on that authors were stuck between a rock and a hard place: traditional publishing rejected 99% of book ideas, but self-publishing was both insanely expensive and didn’t help great books get discovered. Publishers started taking notice of our authors, who were raising substantial amounts of money through pre-orders, and were able to offer authors a fairer deal. Our New York City office was opened in Brooklyn in 2017.
In 2018, Publishizer started landing traditional publishing deals for authors. With an injection of funding from Rockstart and Arches Capital in Netherlands, we opened our Amsterdam office. Publishizer BV was incorporated in March 2019.
Today, Publishizer is revolutionising how books get published. We crowdfund books, negotiate publishing deals, and sell foreign rights. Through our team of literary scounts and agents, we identify great book ideas, enable them through crowdfunding, and spread them by negotiating traditional and independent publishing deals that reach the most readers.
We believe thousands of great books go unpublished or undiscovered every year. We are non-traditional book scouts and agents who enable great books through technology. Publishizer gives up royalties to focus on rights and licensing.
We envision a world where great books are everywhere. We are revolutionising the rights and licensing side of publishing, to help books get sold, translated, and published in many languages around the world.
Every year, over 1,000,000 book ideas are rejected by traditional publishing. Our scouts and agents seek to discover the great book ideas among them, enable them through crowdfunding, and spread them through negotiating publishing deals.
We live by three values: Love What You Do; Give Freedom; and Take Responsibility. We're avid book lovers, but we believe there's more to life than books. We're an international team who live at the intersection of publishing and technology.