Bill founded Minds in 2011 with the goal of bringing a free, open source, and sustainable social network to the world. He co-founded multiple viral media organizations; holds a fellowship at Boston Global Forum; and serves on the Advisory Board of Code To Inspire, a non-profit building coding schools for women in Afghanistan. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in English.
In response to the plethora of issues plaguing Facebook, including the current outage and whistleblower revelations on 60 Minutes, Minds CEO Bill Ottman issued the following statement:
“On this day – the ultimate day of karma for Facebook – the platform has experienced a devastating trifecta of events including a mysterious outage of border gateway protocol (BGP) systems, a massive data hack, and a new whistleblower exposing intentionally manufactured social outrage. No network is immune to outages, but a majority of these major issues were preventable. Social network platforms need to be held to a higher standard and provide real transparency, decentralization, and less gathering of users’ personal data. These are the pillars that founded minds.com.”4 October 2021