Reilly Brennan lives in San Francisco but will always be a Detroiter at heart. He is the Executive Director of the Revs Automotive Research Program at Stanford and teaches a class on heroes and Dale Earnhardt at the Stanford d.school. He created a car photo thingy called Carmagnum.
Hello, I’m Reilly. I grew up outside of Detroit and now live in San Francisco with my lovely and talented wife, Andrea, and mischievous and fluffy dog, Walter. This is my personal blog, a way for me to work out ideas and angles I have about the stuff I think about during the day. I am in love with transportation, copywriting, behavioral studies, storytelling, Michigan, old friends, sandwiches and optimism. My favorite number is 7000.
When I was young I found out I was dyslexic, something that I’ve learned is actually a feature, not a bug. It slowed down my reading time, but it gave me the blessing of angular comprehension. Ironically, I ended up learning the value of this in geometry class and then transferred those skills to writing.
Professionally, my background is in automobiles, media, building communities and telling stories. I was previously Editorial Director at AOL for their automotive group, General Manager and Editor at Winding Road / NextScreen, and Communications Manager for GM Racing (Corvette C5-R factory program and NASCAR). Along the way I’ve worked on some amazing projects and launched a few of my own. Recently I built Carmagnum along with my friends Nate and Sean and we just launched it into beta. With my friend David Emanuel, I developed an emergency medical response app called Medlert 911+ that just launched in the iTunes Store and hit #1 in the Medical category. In January 2012, I joined Stanford University to lead their Revs automotive program as Executive Director. I teach a class at the Stanford d.school about heroes, superfans and Dale Earnhardt.
You can see a list of places I’ve published here.
Email: reillybrennan (at) gmail
Phone: Just email me