Exciting news today for Expert Labs: Andy Baio has joined our team as our newest Project Director. Andy will be working as a "Director of Hacks", leading the effort to create smart new ways to look at the data collected by apps like ThinkUp.
Andy's new role marks the beginning of a whole new phase for Expert Labs; We're now very tightly focused on working with agencies that want to get crowdsourced feedback, and the biggest request those agencies make is to better understand the ideas that people submit. We're answering those requests with smart tools for presenting, visualizing, sorting and filtering ideas and suggestions that come in through Facebook and Twitter.
In short, we've already got the ability to collect responses to policy questions through a social network, and now we'll be able to turn those responses into real insights.
Andy's background is well-known in the tech community, from his seminal blog Waxy.org (with its indispensable documenting of links about the web, tech and culture) to his pioneering work in creating Upcoming.org (later part of Yahoo), and most recently his stint as CTO of Kickstarter, which has done an inspiring job of innovating in crowdsourcing funding for amazing projects. Andy also joins our other Project Director, Gina Trapani, who's done an amazing job of leading the community around our ThinkUp platform which will be releasing its fourth beta early next week.
Setting the Stage
All of our technology development work thus far will culminate in our first open call to agencies in just a few weeks, where we'll be asking any interested agency that wants to tap in to the power of social networks to get in touch with us. We'll post more about that shortly.
But today, we give a hearty welcome to our newest team member, and if you're a developer who wants the chance to collaborate with folks like Andy and Gina, the best way to get started is to download ThinkUp, join the community, and stick around for more exciting developments to come!