Burt Helm is a nonfiction writer based in Portland, Maine. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, GQ, Businessweek, Marie Claire, Men's Journal,and Bloomberg News. He is an editor-at-large at Fast Company and also at Inc., where he has worked since 2011.
Helm is the recipient of four Best in Business awards for feature writing from the Society American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), most recently in 2016 for “The Stealthy Sales Kings of Amazon.” His Inc. feature story, "Turntable.fm: Where Did Our Love Go?" was called "hands down the best written of the magazine pieces," by the Society of Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), which awarded it a Best In Business prize for magazine feature writing. His story about the credit crunch's impact on small businesses, "After the Squeeze," was awarded a Best in Business prize, as well as the 10th annual Stephen Barr Award by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Helm was also part of the team that helped Inc. win a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2011 and 2013.
Prior to Inc., Helm worked as a reporter for Bloomberg News covering the restaurant industry, a department editor at Businessweek writing about advertising, and as a staff writer for Businessweek.com reporting on digital media and technology.
Over the years Helm has discussed his work and other topics on National Public Radio, CNN, ABC World News, CNBC, MSNBC, and the BBC World Service. He has moderated panels at conferences including the Inc. 5000 conference, Advertising Week, the Best Global Brands summit, and the CMO Collective.
Helm graduated from Yale University with a bachelor of science, double-majoring in English and Physics. Today he lives in Maine with his wife, toddler, and dog. His hobbies over the years have included cello and boxing, which has resulted in some chamber music concerts and a lot of black eyes. You can watch him get his ass kicked here.