Posts by travis:

Nearing $100,000 In Monthly Revenue, Kibin Is Poised For Growth
We’ve been reinventing Kibin over the last two years. It began in late 2014 with the launch of our essay examples database (EDB), a research tool to help students brainstorm ideas for their essay topics. This marked a major branch out from our core editing...
3 Common LinkedIn Profile Writing Mistakes
Ridiculous people – they’re everywhere. You see them in San Francisco’s Marina District and in your favorite TV shows. You may even have to deal with them on a daily basis at work. Sometimes we laugh at them; sometimes we just plain hate them. But one...
Kibin Expands Team and Secures Office Space
The last twelve months have been amazing for Kibin. We’ve experienced some incredible growth, hit profitability last September, and have continued adding exceptional freelance editors to our team. We are moving forward on our quest to become the best online proofreading...
Personal Statement Advice: Here’s What the Admissions Experts Have to Say
Writing a personal statement can be a daunting task. It may seem like there are a few hundred words standing between you and your biggest goal—and it’s true! Once your grades are completed and your volunteer and extracurricular work is logged, your personal...
How to Avoid 3 Common ESL Writing Mistakes
Are you an English as a Second Language (ESL) writer guilty of making some of the more common ESL writing mistakes? Do you mix up your subjects and objects, write your adjectives all out of order, and confuse annoying English verbs that mean nearly the same thing?...
Personal Statement Topics: A Step-by-Step Tutorial to Finding Yours!
  In our last post, we wrote about 4 Must-Answer Questions Before Brainstorming Personal Statement Topics. If you haven’t read that and answered those questions yet, you’ll need to do so before moving on to this post.  Now that you’ve answered...
4 Must-Answer Questions Before Brainstorming Personal Statement Topics
As tempting as it is to pick a topic for your college application personal statement, get writing, and get it over with – this is not the right way to go. Chances are, you’ll get jammed up with writer’s block, end up wasting a lot of time, and become...
The College Student’s Back to School Survival Guide
It’s time to go back to school, a fact that may be causing you a bit of anxiety. After months traveling around the country, going to concerts, and catching up on good books and movies, you have to go back to college. How are you ever going to get organized and...
Are Summer Classes Harder? Only If You Want Them to Be
Are summer classes harder or easier than regular school year classes? It’s an age-old question that many panicky, pent-up students start asking themselves when they realize that their next few months aren’t going to be solely spent reading trashy romance...
6 Ways to Stay Smart Over the Summer
Not all countries have three months of summer vacation like the U.S. and Australia do. In a global market, it’s best not to waste three months out of the year worrying about nothing more significant than getting a tan. Some experts say that summer break is a...
7 Things Hollywood Can Teach about How to Write a Resume
Hollywood is arguably the biggest and most experienced marketing machine in the world. It earmarks massive budgets for feature flicks and often exceeds them because it has mastered the art of advertising the appeal of these films to the masses. In fact, Hollywood...
How Comedians Teach You to Write Good Transition Sentences
Think back to the last time you saw a really great stand-up comedy show. The jokes were funny. The comedian was a good story teller, transitioning effortlessly between segments, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Now think about a time when you saw a...
One Persuasive Writing Technique You Can’t Write Without
We usually have a goal in mind when we set out to write something. Many times, we’re trying to convince our reader of something. Buy a product. Hire me. Admit me to your college. Join me in a crusade of world-dominance. Choose me to be your new roommate. You...
How Good Grammar Increases Your Chance for Finding Love
It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s day is fast approaching. While Hallmark is getting giddy, flower shops are gearing up to gouge men the world over, and spoken for women try to contain their anticipation, some of us aren’t so thrilled....
Kibin Proofreading & Editing Application Overhauled
Last week, I wrote about some new design and user experience changes we made to our sign up, upload, and purchase process. While those were some great improvements, they pale in comparison to the one we made this weekend. We’ve just overhauled our entire...
Leveraging Conversations to Improve User Experience
User experience is a tricky thing. There are a myriad of articles, blog posts, and plenty of research on how to offer a great user experience. However, in my mind, they all boil down to one simple goal: delight your users. There are a vast number of ways you can...
Announcing New Kibin Loyalty Programs & Rewards
For a long time now, Jim and I have been wanting to revamp the design and configuration of the Kibin user dashboard.  Our goal for this project was to make the post-sign up process both more intuitive and efficient.  For the past week, we’ve been working...
How To Avoid Your College Writing Center by Visiting Online
If the end of the academic school year finds you up to your neck in assignments and too busy to visit your school’s writing center, there may be a way to avoid it. Many college writing centers are putting their tools online, offering online writing help with...
Student Accepted to MIT With Kibin’s Help!
Kibin editors helped Scott Lansing polish his personal statement essays as part of his application to the prestigious MBA program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Scott, who calls himself a “fringe candidate,” credits Kibin’s help with his...
3 Things Jersey Shore Teaches You About Writing Better Essays
It’s hard to imagine that MTV’s reality series, Jersey Shore, can teach little more than the correct way to Jersey Turnpike, how to spot a ‘Guido’, or a snazzy new vocabulary.  However, with a little effort and an open mind, we’ve discovered three great...
9 Words You Probably Use Incorrectly
What is wrong with this picture? Hot water can scold? And furthermore, hot water can scold hot drinks? Well I suppose next time you need a sitter for your hot drinks, hot water will make sure they’re well behaved! When it comes time to edit an essay, however,...