Brad Smith is the founder of Virb, Simplecast, Wayward Wild, The Great Discontent, and Audio Ventures. He is the CEO of Audio Ventures. He lives in New York, though he was born and grew up in Missouri. He attended Missouri State University for a semester before dropping out. He then worked in a pager shop in Springfield, Missouri, and led its web design department within six months of joining the company.
In 2000, the company chose to downsize in 2000 and planned to lay-off all the employees in Smith's department. Smith came to an agreement with the company's president to instead take the company's web design clients and create a spin-off company from the web design department called Neubix Studios in 2001. In 2005, after Smith met with the founders of PureVolume. Smith accepted an offer to join the team and moved Neubix's operations to Boston (ryan interview). In 2006, Neubix launched Virb, a social network where users can build their own websites. The site was fully acquired by Media Temple in 2012.