Brendan Colthurst began his career as an early promoter of software-as-a-service and online video entertainment. After he co-founded and built WineDirect.com into the largest provider of SaaS e-commerce solutions to the wine industry, he started Disposable Television, a creative botique through which he produced and directed several comedy webseries for Comedy Central including I Love the 30s, All Access: Middle Ages, two seasons of Los LOLs, Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal, and The Worst Speeches of All Time. He then produced, with Bryan Carmel, Kumaré, which won the Best Feature Documentary Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival.
As an Associate Partner of Technology at VSA Partners, Brendan built employee enablement software and brand-expression systems for clients including IBM and Xerox, and managed the New York office's software development team and oversaw several simultaneous projects housed in the IBM Marketing and Communications Studio on Astor Place. Brendan built the underlying team-building, collaboration, submission and competition system for IBM's first company-wide Cognitive Hackathon, served as lead architect on a global team (USA, Argentina, China) building a collaborative solutioning system for IBM employees, and assisted on a ground-up rebuild of IBM's intranet system.
Brendan took an opportunity to move to Los Angeles, CA to help open the LA office for Some Spider, Inc's brands CAFE, Scarry Mommy, and The Dad, where he served as Digital Showrunner and Executive in Charge of Production. There he established best practices and repeatable processes for legal, payroll, insurance, casting, accounting, and post-production, and directed over 50 episodes of web comedy, including series Lil' Alex Jones, School of Dad, and Living Your Best Half-Life: a Self-Help Guide to the Nuclear Winter.
Soon a phone call came that would change his life: RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, invited him to build their Los Angeles office, building a new Digital Department from the ground up. At RAICES, as Chief Technology Officer, Brendan leads teams in Software Development and Information Technology, advises the CEO as part of the Leadership Team, and helped create the organization's teams and processes in Digital Marketing, Video, Paid Media, and Internal Communications.