What's Our Story?
Stories are, and will always be, what connects us to our humanity and to each other. We will always be interested in the context – the story behind the story. And we will always be fascinated with storytellers – wanting to know who they are and where their insights came from.
The need to connect between literary works, their creators and the public has never been greater. The fact that we have solved the supply side of the equation – that anyone can be a “published” author today – poses significant challenges on the demand side: How do we sift through the millions of stories that are out there and discover the ones that are right for us? The question is who will fill these needs in the most effective and efficient manner.
Paragraph’s mission is to help people discover, tell and experience great stories. We do this by offering innovative products and services that help authors, publishers and other organizations bring their stories to the public and by offering the public exciting new ways to discover and experience stories.
Co-founder & CEO
Prior to founding Paragraph, Ziv was SVP of Marketing & Partnerships at Aol, joining the company through its acquisition of Bebo, where he was responsible for marketing, business development and mobile as well as a member of the executive team that led the negotiations and the eventual sale of the company to Aol for $850M.
At Bebo Ziv pioneered numerous innovations and his work was nominated for two BAFTA (the British Oscars) awards for their achievements.
Prior to this he was Managing Director at Startup Station Plc; an incubator he founded and then sold to a UK public company, making him one of the youngest managing directors on the London Stock Exchange.
Ziv is also the author of Nanotales, a collection of short stories.
Edo is the Founder and CEO of incubator bMuse, where Paragraph was built. A serial entrepreneur, prolific inventor and private investor, Edo has founded, launched and sold several companies.
With over 20 years of experience in media and technology Edo is a noted expert in emerging media technologies and platforms, including immersive entertainment, stereoscopic 3D and 360 Video formats.
Prior to founding bMuse, Edo was VP Emerging Platforms at Aol. He joined Aol following the acquisition of Relegence, a real-time search company he founded in 1999.
Edo has invented and patented a wide range of game-changing media technologies.
Co-founder & Head of Production
Chris co-founded Paragraph's production arm, Convert a Book, after holding several marketing and sales positions. Prior to Paragraph, Chris led marketing and fulfillment at Castlewave, an early SEO company which was acquired by Crexendo. At Castlewave, Chris led a team responsible for marketing 200 domains for one of the largest religious organizations in the world. This experience helped him achieve a global perspective on creating brand awareness through various means of digital storytelling.
Under Chris's leadership, Convert a Book has worked with Fortune 100 companies and top-tier publishers like Harper-Collins, Random House, and Agilent Technologies. It has also serviced premier Universities like Harvard, Kaplan and more.
Kelcie Des Jardins
Kelcie is the managing editor of Paragraph's digital short story magazine Paragraph Shorts. She graduated with high honors from New York University, where she received her B.A. in English and American Literature. Fresh to the world of digital publishing, Kelcie is interested in merging compelling content with aesthetic sensibility.