Eileen Gittins Founder, President and CEO

Eileen Gittins created Blurb to offer an elegant, flexible publishing platform that enables everyone—not just the select few, but the talented many — to create, produce, share, distribute, market, and sell beautiful print and ebooks.

Eileen loves to leverage technology to provide new ways to do valuable things. As Founder and CEO of Blurb and a lifelong reader who typically has 3 or 4 books going at once, Eileen is now at work imagining not just what books can be, but what they should be in the age of everything, all the time.

Since starting the company in 2006, Eileen has led Blurb from a startup to a high-growth company, with nearly 1.1 million book producers creating 2.8 million unique book titles, and a global footprint that extends to more than 70 countries. At its peak volume in 2013, Blurb produced more book titles in three minutes than a mid-sized publisher produces in a year.

In the prior two decades Eileen was CEO of two other Silicon Valley VC backed start-ups (Personify and Verb) in addition to her earlier career as VP and GM at Wall Data, a pre- IPO software company plus various marketing roles at Eastman Kodak Company in New York, London, San Francisco, and Seattle.

A frequent speaker on the future of books at the EG Conference and the London Author Fair, and a passionate lecturer on storytelling and the art of leadership at Insead, San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts, Eileen has also been much celebrated in the media (Inc. named Blurb the 47th fastest growing company in the US in 2010) and lauded as an entrepreneur (regional semi-finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award and Best CEO in the Tech Innovations Awards.)

Eileen’s favorite quote:

"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."


Eileen’s first Blurb book:

Five Hours in Napa

Donna Boyer Chief Product Officer and Interim Chief Marketing Officer

Donna Boyer is a self-confessed product geek obsessed with building smart technology that enables new ways of creating and consuming content. Donna started out at the Harvard Business School where she researched the global economic impact of technology innovations. Since then she has focused on how to empower creative people to bring beauty and outstanding user experience into the digital world, working with companies like Starbucks and New York Times to create new digital content experiences.

Before Blurb, Donna was VP of Product at Callaway Digital Arts where she worked with publishers to produce award-winning illustrated books for the iPad. As Chief Product Officer at Blurb, she is leading the charge into the digital and mobile space, helping design-minded customers optimize their storytelling for tablets and smartphones. Hear more from Donna at @donnaboyer on Twitter.

Donna's favorite quote:

"While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done."

—Helen Keller

Donna’s first Blurb book:

Rosenberg Yearbook '06

Gene Domecus Chief Financial Officer

In the fifth grade, Gene created his own filing and cross-reference system for the negatives of the photographs he was organizing into albums, just in case anyone ever asked him for a copy. Nobody ever did, but he was content knowing he was fully prepared. Gene still has them.

He’s been using those sharp organizational skills in e-commerce for 24 years, from joining the founding team of macys.com to running the books as CFO at Rafter, a fast-growing college textbook rental business. He also helped create beautiful wedding photography products as CFO and COO of Bella Pictures.

What gets his attention these days? Getting family, friends, and dog together in the wine country, collecting art, enjoying theatre in his native San Francisco, and jazz music.

Gene's favorite quote:

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."

—Will Rogers

Gene’s first Blurb Book:

La Famille Domecus, 1799-2012

Sean Ryan Chief Technical Officer

Sean is an entrepreneur at heart, having earned his degree in Entrepreneurial Sciences from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He began his career at Accenture, where he worked as a technology consultant, but he quickly moved to web start-ups.

At Digital River, a web based commerce platform, Sean was responsible for building the platform and leading the engineering organization. Digital River was a classic fast-growth business with a successful IPO to show for its relentless focus on its customers. Digital River remains a leading Commerce Service Provider (CSP).

A call from a college friend led him to ExactTarget, another technology start-up. He joined as the CTO and was responsible for building a highly scalable infrastructure. Sean was involved in all aspects of the product, its development, and its architecture. Having spent many nights and weekends helping the business grow, he was pleased with ExactTarget's IPO and subsequent sale to SalesForce.

On the heels of his success with ExactTarget, Sean began looking for other opportunities and found BookSurge (later to become CreateSpace.) As the CTO/COO Sean played a significant role in preparing the company for its sale to Amazon.

He is happy to be back in publishing here in the Bay Area with Blurb.

Sean's favorite quote:

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult."


Sean’s first Blurb Book:

Sailing the Caribbean, 2012

Bruce Watermann Senior Vice President, Print Operations

Bruce has been in the business of making other people’s stuff look good for over 30 years now. Just ask Apple, HP, Wal-Mart, Costco, Getty Images, Corbis Corporation, and Columbia Records – he’s helped them all. From his early days running a high-end professional color lab to managing Corbis’ vast worldwide scanning operations, Bruce knows print ... and Bruce knows color ... and Bruce knows quality. And as a former portrait, wedding, and commercial photographer, he also knows photography.

He’s a good guy to know.

Bruce’s favorite quote:

"If a man only likes victory he must always come late for the battle."

—G.K. Chesterton

Bruce’s first Blurb book:

Mariner Memories
(Seattle Mariners, that is)

Board of Directors

John Balen

Canaan Partners

Gordon Crovitz

Journalism Online

Eileen Gittins

Blurb CEO

Brian Mesic

Anthem Venture Partners

Andrew Zolli

Z+ Partners