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.
CEO / Founder
Founded Publishizer and co-founded Writing Under the Influence, a writing sprints event started in Brooklyn in 2017. Previously, he started the digital publishing division at Tien Wah Press in Singapore, where he published dozens of book apps, including an award- winning comic book app about dim sum warriors fighting in space. His favorite book is The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan.
Head of Growth & Cofounder
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 world-renowned investor and business coach Ajit Nawalkha (BenBella Books). Lee was Cofounder and Editor-In-Chief at CG Magazine in Las Vegas, and then worked in editorial and marketing for startup accelerators in New York. You’ll likely find him browsing the crime mystery section of a bookstore or in a cafe sipping an Americano. Favorite book: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly.
Head of Publishing
Wendolín holds a degree in Journalism but has always been a book editor. She belonged to the Penguin Random House family for over 11 years, where she came to be a Literary Director. She has proudly joined Publishizer, a fascinating publishing platform called to revolutionize the way authors, editors, and readers connect around the world. In her bookshelves you will surely find books by John Berger, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joan Didion, Stefan Zweig, and Oliver Sacks, plus lots of philosophy, folklore, and mythology.
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.
Head of People
Human rainbow, avid traveler and voracious devourer of books. Tian gets things organized and takes care of the Publishizer family and community. She loves solving problems and seeing authors realize their dreams. Before Publishizer, she started two bands, produced an album, and has organized a small, annual island festival for the past 12 years. Her reading tastes lean towards Magical Realism and SciFi, her current favourite being The Ender Quintet by Orson Scott Card.
Paula comes to Publishizer with a wealth of marketing experience, specifically in the fields of digital and brand marketing. She loves to help bring brand visions to life through meaningful connections and engaging with communities. Forever living with wanderlust she is always keen for an adventure, to experience a new place or culture, with her latest book in hand. Paula loves to read fiction with a gripping plot twist. Her favourite books include The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty or any of the Robert Langdon Series by Dan Brown.
Dan has been programming for over 20 years and has been involved in building apps and websites for startups for almost 10 of those. He has a passion for music, sports, software and self-improvement. All of these interests drive him to transform and improve not only himself but also the technological landscape of Publishizer. His reading tastes usually fall into the business and leadership category Start With Why by Simon Sinek being one of his favourites.
Tré works with non-fiction authors in the genres of self-help, business, leadership, mindfulness, spirituality, health, and fitness. Recent major book deals include The Book of How and Why by Corey Poirier (Morgan James). Tré has founded two e-commerce brands and also works as a brand strategist and life coach. He believes that reading is telepathy in action. Favorite book: The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov.
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.
Tom works with authors in politics and education. He worked as a political lobbyist in Australia before moving to Berlin where he made refugee themed documentary films, a hitch-hiking podcast and works as a student life coach. Thanks to his father he loves ancient Rome and Persian history and his favourite book is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.
Our story begins at a book printing company in the industrial heartlands of Singapore. Guy Vincent was frustrated at turning away great authors who couldn’t afford to print to their great books. 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.