Would Google be as successful a company had it been named Backrub? That was the name the search engine started with in 1996, and it’s a question that weighs on the founders of hundreds of companies that are created in New York City every week. I did this story for WNYC with economics reporter Lisa Chow. We interviewed Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Apple’s Steve Wozniak, as well as the founders of NYC startups.
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An article I wrote for Poynter about David Estes, who created an iPad app called SoundNote.
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A guide I wrote for Poynter about engaging an audience in a mobile mapping project.
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An assignment I produced for The Takeaway, where we tracked listeners’ accents. I also tell how my (Irish) accent can make ordering move tickets harder than it needs to be.
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A web video about scootering in New York that I did for WNYC (related to a radio story I also did).
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A story I did for WNYC Radio about the prevalence of surveillance cameras in the city. It was in the wake of the Times Square attempted bombing, and all the talk of how cops were tracking down the suspect with street cameras.
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In the run up to the 2008 election campaign, I interviewed New Yorkers in the Tompkins Square Park dog run to hear how people felt about the candidates. I ended up asking them to compare each candidate to a dog breed (they answered with surprising consistency).