Hederis (pronounced “header-iss”), comes from the word hedera. Used primarily in ancient greek and latin texts, the hedera was a purely ornamental symbol used to mark a break between paragraphs It can also mean an ecosystem of vines or ivy.

Our goal is to empower publishers to have control over their processes and intellectual property, keeping their staff employed with fulfilling work that builds real skills.

About Our Team

Nellie McKesson, CEO

Nellie has over a dozen years of experience in publishing. She spent the early years of her career doing hands-on book production and layout, and then moved into more technical and managerial roles. As the market for ebooks began to rise, she taught herself web development and was an early evangelist for using web technologies in the book production process. (You may have seen her speak at a conference about building automated book production tools.)

Zach Schwartz, Lead Developer

Zach Schwartz is a full-stack software engineer with experience building innovative software for O’Reilly Media, Bloomberg LP, and Google. He holds degrees from University of Chicago and the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, and is passionate about iteratively building great tools and experiences.

John Erik “Buster” Bylander, Product

John is a Brooklyn-based publishing professional with a strong background in writing, editing, design, production, and metadata. He brings a decade of experience in book publishing and an enthusiasm for publishing innovation to the Hederis team.

Tiffany Watson, Marketing

Tiffany is a Portland-based publishing professional. Her interests in academic research, writing, literary events/book festivals, and community building inform her experience and background in the field. Her love of small press publishing and passion for the decentralization of the industry alight her interest in Hederis as a tool for inciting necessary change.

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