We are a group of technologists in Austin, TX who believe there should be a site on the internet, where you can find all of the world’s religious information, and the organizations dedicated to the understanding of it in one place.
Why religion? It is the story of civilization. Religion impacts how we form communities, our politics, our habits, how we treat one another, how we live our lives and ultimately how we make sense of the world in which we live. We are intensely curious about, and deeply awed by, the pervasive impact of religion in the world.
Religious information, meaning everything from canonical texts to academic treatises, while vast and constantly growing, should be well-organized and easily searchable. We founded Deily in 2014 to create this destination.
More importantly, we believe religious tradition and teaching flourish when we analyze, discuss, and reconsider their meaning over time. Therefore, the real value of Deily springs from your understanding of religion, and your willingness to share that understanding, with other members of our community and have a real impact on each other’s daily lives.
Deily is for you and it is what you make it. We want to help our members find answers to their questions of faith and spirituality. We build tools so that our members can help each other. We will use your activity and feedback to guide us. We will endeavor to be good stewards and invite your suggestions for improvement.
We are here to share, connect, learn and grow.
Shawn Bose Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Shawn has been building consumer web sites and internet companies for the last 15 years. Most recently he was on the founding team of uShip, the world’s first online transportation exchange that now serves more than three million members across six continents. However, Shawn’s passion has always been the story of man. He studied Religion and Archaeology at Bowdoin College during which he spent time excavating in the Mediterranean, traveling to temple sites across South Asia and volunteering at Mother Theresa’s missions in Kolkata. He credits his initial interest in the broad study of religion to his parent’s unique experience of growing up in the Hindu tradition in the predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, while attending Jesuit schools; and his continuing journey in this field of study to the many teachers, classmates and friends with whom he has continued to learn.
Justin Halloran Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Justin contributed to the early success of eBay, HomeAway, RetailMeNot, and Portico where he was CEO. He attributes his interest in religion to his parents. His mother is the daughter of a Methodist minister and his father studied at a Catholic seminary. Justin graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where he completed coursework in biblical literature and Buddhism.
Owen Samuels Vice President of Technology
Owen has been working in web technologies for over 15 years. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Computer Science and went on to stints working in the medical software industry, building the online ordering systems for brands such as Pizza Hut & Dominos, as well as being instrumental in building and leading the development teams at uShip and RetailMeNot. His interest in religion stems from course work in college and his desire to understand the many faiths of the world.
Sarah Mangum Marketing and Communications Manager
Sarah graduated with a BA in Religion from the University of the South in 2011, focusing her studies on conflict and human rights. She spent two years in New York City where she interned for a United Nations ambassador and Park51 Islamic community center. After spending four months traveling in northern India, Sarah settled back in her native Austin. Most recently, she worked as a marketing associate for Austin-based software company, Affinegy.
Hussein Rashid is Associate Professor at Hofstra University, his research focuses on Muslims and American popular culture.
He received MTS and PhD from Harvard.
Hussein is a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations and on the editorial boards of Religion Dispatches, The Islamic Monthly, and Cyber Orient, in addition to being a contributing scholar to State of Formation. Hussein appears on mainstream media, including CNN, Channel 4 (UK), Iqra TV (Saudi Arabia), Al-Jazeera America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and has published at On Faith (Washington Post), Belief Blog (CNN), On Being (NPR), and The Revealer. He is a regular contributor for Religion News Service. Read Hussein’s piece, Depicting the Prophet
, a Muslim response to the Garland, Texas shooting.
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David Zuniga is a Zen Buddhist priest and Licensed Psychologist, offering individual and couples counseling, and consulting. He was the first Westerner ordained in the Korean Song lineage. David received his M.A. from Harvard Divinity School and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University
He speaks frequently and has been interviewed by media outlets such as Public Radio International, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, Clear Channel Radio Network, and The Harvard Divinity School Ministerial Studies magazine.
He is also one of our “Ask an Expert” contributors on our Patheos blog: Do Animals Have Souls?
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