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  1. Meet the New Team

    We’re excited to announce that Kevin Survance has joined NewsiT as its acting CTO. Kevin is an innovator, results-driver and all round good guy. Most recently he founded Eleos Technologies, which enables enterprises to use smart phones to document field events with photos and high-quality document images. Kevin was also the CTO of M33 Integrated Solutions (2008-2011) and MapQuest (2006-2008), where he led development and operation of MapQuest’s consumer site with 45 million unique visitors per month and 3,600 requests per second, as well as B2B and mobile products. He also led the 50-member development team at American Express that developed the company’s system for instant credit decisions. Luckily for us, Kevin brings with him a team of developers with senior level expertise at Microsoft, Pfizer, MapQuest, BlackBerry and several Department of Defense contractors. The team includes: Ryan Crum, a Big Data and Algorithm specialist, who is also the developer of Resounder, the best selling iPhone soundboard app; Phillip Calvin, an iPhone and iPad developer and user experience expert who’s been known to spend hours at the local shopping mall, asking shoppers to try an app and then furiously writing code in the food court to fix the issues that caused the hesitation or confusing in testing; and Matthew Maravillas, a ‘polyglot’ programmer with multiple languages who finds tough algorithmic problems “irresistible”. The team develops in iOS (Objective-C), Android (Java), Ruby, Rails, Python, CSS, Grails, C, C++, Hadoop, MySQL / NoSQL, PostgrSQL, Lucene, Oracle, JavaScript, HTML5, Erlang, Linux, Cucumber and more.  At NewsiT Kevin and team are laser-focused on meeting consumer demands and business imperatives with elegant, speedy, functional and intuitive solutions for consumers and content partners.


    "I’m honored and delighted to join NewsiT in the quest to transform the way people consume - and make - the news.  The NewsiT vision is brilliantly audacious and demands a unique, scalable technology platform.  I’m looking forward to working with Melinda and her talented team to develop the platform and bring to life the company’s bold production vision." - Kevin Survance

    Time also to introduce you to Matt Prohaska, a 20-year media veteran and leading expert in digital advertising, social media and technology. Matt is our guru of all things revenue, and good thing too because he has sold or managed teams that have sold a total $2.5 billion in online and mobile advertising in the past 13 years. 

    His career spans Sesame Workshop, Hulu, NBC, CNET and AOL, where he lead a 160-person sales team in account management and handled $1 billion in sales revenue. The AOL sales team was awarded the #1 rating for quality sales by more than 200 agency and advertising executives in 2009. Matt was also SVP, Media and Data Solutions for [x+1], a leading digital marketing firm specializing in audience targeting, analytics and website optimization. Matt has managed six different regional and national sales teams, consulted for more than 30 companies and founded four others. At NewsiT Matt focuses on identifying revenue opportunities, crafting ‘win-win’ collaborative relationships with content and other partners, and identifying key sponsors and advertising networks.

    Now meet Michael Harper, a talented iPhone, iPad, Android and Ruby on Rails developer whose career spans Apple, Symantec and Taligent, Sun Microsystems, AT&T Wireless and Stanford University. Michael’s iPhone apps range from the polling app Show of Hands, the Norton Online backup app, and a portal app for Regence Healthcare, to Circle 8, an app that helps tourist navigate Sunriver, OR and its 33 miles of bike paths, and Live like a Local for tourists in DC.

    And Olga Howard, the user experience maven behind PBS Kids, AARP and MTV among others. Olga has created an intuitive and innovative user experience for NewsiT. Also Joel Springer,the talented designer behind Cadillac, MapQuest, RedCode Technology, White Hat Capital and many others,is on board for app and web design.

    Michael Harper

  2. Attention Vacationers and Travel Bloggers!

    Here is a little more information about OE Travel Blogs, a travel site that is encouraging their readers to participate in NewsIT’s running story rating airline seats. OE Travel Blogs is a site that offers first hand travel experience from like-minded travellers. If you are venturing out on vacation or an adventure, be sure to check them out. If you are a travel blogger, OE Travel Blogs welcomes guest blogs and reviews as well.
    (See below for more.)

     If you are taking a trip this summer, be sure to download our iPhone app and let us know how your airplane seats were.

  3. Women Entrepreneurs Panel Featuring Melinda Wittstock

    Women entrepreneurs are a growing force in the economy but they face a unique set of challenges too. Join NewsiT Founder and CEO Melinda Wittstock and a group of distinguished panelists as they explore the issues and answer some of the questions surrounding this fascinating and important topic.

    The Milken Institute and the George Washington University Present
    Women Entrepreneurs:
    Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses

    When

    Monday, June 18, 2012
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Where

    George Washington University
    Media and Public Affairs Building
    805 21st St NW
    Jack Morton Auditorium
    Washington, District of Columbia 20052

    Click here for more information.

  4. For Immediate Release: AirGuide Begins Crowd-Reporting with NewsiT

    New York (AirGuide – Pyramid Media Group) May 8, 2012 – AirGuide has begun crowd-reporting by recently collaborating with NewsiT. AirGuide articles are being used by NewsiT to reach a new and growing audience capturing news as it happens with their mobile phones or the NewsiT Mobile App.

    The first in a series of NewsiT assignment starts with our series of articles on the best seats in the air. The story featured this week is “What’s Your Pitch? Best, Worst Airline Seats Ranked”:

    Are airline seats getting smaller? And what do you do when that big guy in front of you reclines his seat so far it pushes your knees against your chest?

    Help NewsiT and AirGuideOnline.com rate airline seatsJoin the story and answer some simple questions.

    AirGuideOnline is releasing its latest rankings of the largest and smallest seats on North American airlines. In the rankings for economy class seats, Jet Blue has the biggest seats in its A320-200 short-haul aircraft. Those seats were measured at a pitch (distance between seats) of 34 inches and width (armrest to armrest) of 18 inches.

    NewsiT segments can also be found on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/newsitnews

    This will be a long term collaboration, we strongly encourage you to take a look at their site and personally participate with any comments you may have.

    For More Information or an Interview Please Contact:

    Aram Gesar, Director of Content
    Direct Tel: +1646 770 2764 / +1561 777 2055
    Skype: pyramidmediagroup
    E-Mail: agesar@AirGuideOnline.com
    Bruce Potter, VP, Editorial Business Development, NewsiT
    E-Mail: bruce@newsit.net
    About:
    AirGuide for the Frequent Flyer Magazine & AirGuideOnline.com are dedicated to air travel and designed for leisure and business travelers. AirGuide is filled with tips and advice and provides everything global travelers need to know to make intelligent decisions before, during and after a voyage. AirGuide features weekly airline and travel news, information on great travel deals, plus dynamic travel articles and provides indispensable information on all the world’s airlines and airports from check-in to check out. Web site: http://www.AirGuideOnline.com
    AirGuide for the Frequent Flyer, AirGuide Business, CruiseGuide and Pyramid Media publications and content (news, reviews, advice and features) are delivered daily and weekly to more than 330,000 subscribers and to over 3.5 million though our syndication partners in more than 100 countries in over 20+ languages.
    About NewsiT:
    NewsiT is a mobile crowd-reporting platform for creating and sharing quality news of personal relevance. NewsiT believes people want their news portable, personalized and participatory. Our mission is to ‘reinvent’ news content creation by engaging citizens as mobile reporters all collaborating via social networks to produce multimedia coverage of relevance, quality and value.

    Visit us as at: www.newsit.net
    Twitter: @YouNewsiT
    Facebook: Facebook.com/newsitnews

  5. An update on our earlier Whooping Cough story post. Here is the full Senator Larsen clip with both the question and answer.

    Click here to jump the the NewsiT Whooping Cough Assignment.
    See the original blog post here.
  6. The Countdown Has Begun

    We are very excited to tell you that our new, improved iPhone app is very close to being released. Now you can see your own content and that of your friends posted in real time on ‘Trending’ - and you can more easily share via Twitter and Facebook. Expect multiple releases over the summer as we implement some exciting changes to the design and architecture of the app to make it more intuitive, fun and easy to use.

    Keep an eye here and on our Facebook page for updates and the pending announcement.

  7. Entrepreneur Stories Feature on Melinda Wittstock

    Start A Company to Avoid Boredom…NewsiT

    May 25, 2012 By - Melinda Wittstock has done it all in the news world: “Melinda is an award-winning journalist, serial entrepreneur and an evangelist on all things socially-networked, mobile and ‘gamified’.” Her latest startup, NewsiT, aims to reinvent the way news and information is sourced and verified.

    Click here to read the rest of the story.

  8. Take the Middle Seat… to your future

    NewsiT News:

    John Chamberlain’s view from the least popular seat in the row. Read his story over at our main site: http://newsit.net/news/take-the-middle-seatto-your-future

  9. Rate Your Airline Seats!
    Join the NewsiT Crowd-Sourced News Story

    Is it just your imagination, or are airline seats smaller and tighter than ever? NewsiT, the source for crowd-reported news, is partnering with AirGuideOnline.com to report on the size and comfort of airplane seats and other amenities. Read our first story, about economy class seats, then sign up, accept a task and help us continue to report this developing story. http://newsit.net/assignments (Or download the free NewsiT app on your iPhone.)