I am very happy to announce that from July 2012 I have started working as a Technical Architect at Zite in San Francisco. Zite provides a high quality personalised news magazine via phone and tablet applications (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android devices, …) and was acquired by CNN in mid 2011. It’s main office remains in San Francisco where I will be working. You can find out more at Zite’s blog or Zite on Crunchbase.
This next step for me continues my interest in the future of online news which I have been working with for some years at Yahoo! with news aggregation, blogging and sharing; and at Digg with social news, sharing and mobile. I feel the online news area is still wide open for innovation especially in the areas of mobile and personalisation, of which Zite is a leader. The chance to work near an actual news gathering organization is also exciting to me.
My role is to help get the Zite news personalisation technology more closely integrated into CNN. This means personally I will be doing more travel but I will still be spending a lot of time coding Python and probably C/C++; which keeps me happy! Right now it’s a time for lots of learning.