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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 hard...
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...
Kibin Heads To Education Innovation Summit
Kibin co-founder Travis Biziorek is off to Education Innovation Summit ’12, an annual gathering of education game-changers in classrooms, tech, policy, and business. This year the conference will be held at Arizona State University on April 16-18. If you would...
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,...
6 Strategies to Survive the Peer Edit
You’ve finished penning your rough draft about death in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and you start to feel a sense of accomplishment. You might even be proud of what you wrote! Who knew, right? But just when you thought it was safe to join your fellow students...
Proofread Before You Publish… Don’t Be Like Kaiser!
There are a lot of great ways to damage your reputation, but a failure to proofread important documents or correspondence is perhaps one of the easiest. For example, when I read a resume or cover letter littered with errors, I’m almost guaranteed to discard the...
From Concept to Reality: Kibin’s 2011
With thousands of users and a community proofreading over a thousand essays, resumes, short stories, and other written content each month, it’s almost unfathomable that it has only been a year since we dedicated ourselves to Kibin full-time. And it has been an...
Ten Things Poker Taught Me About Being an Entrepreneur (Part 3/3)
This is the third and final part of a series on the 10 most valuable entrepreneur lessons I learned from playing poker on a semi-professional level. If you haven’t read the first and second parts yet, do it!   8: Notice Subtleties Poker is filled with an enormous...
Ten Things Poker Taught Me About Being an Entrepreneur (Part 2/3)
This is the second of a three part series (broken up for length) on the 10 most valuable entrepreneur lessons I learned from playing poker on a semi-professional level. If you haven’t read the first part yet, read it here.   4: Ability to Disregard the Value...
Ten Things Poker Taught Me About Being an Entrepreneur (Part 1/3)
This is a three part series (broken up for length) on the 10 most valuable lessons I learned from playing poker on a semi-professional level.   When I graduated college, I left with a degree in Economics, one course short of a minor in Bio-Chemistry, and absolutely...
How to Successfully Apply to 500 Startups (Part 3/3)
This is the third part in my story about how Kibin was able to secure a spot in the current 500 Startups class.  Read part one and part two before this one. Done Deal? – (May 11th – 15th) I was continuously consulting with Van.  He would let me know if he...
How to Successfully Apply to 500 Startups (Part 2/3)
This is the second part in my story about how Kibin was able to secure a spot in the current 500 Startups class.  If you missed the first post, get caught up before reading this one. I was zoning out, hanging at pariSoma when I overheard conversation about...
How to Successfully Apply to 500 Startups (Part 1/3)
Since joining the current 500 Startups class, a lot of people have been asking me how we ‘got in’.  I usually chuckle, replying “brute force”. While that’s the general truth, it lacks the majority of the details.  Following is a much more in-depth...
Raising Money for your Startup? Stop Talking to Investors!
It was mid April and things with Kibin were cranking along nicely. Jim and I both had our heads down and were working like crazy to push the product forward. Unfortunately, keeping your head down doesn’t pay the bills or quiet your grumbling stomach.  I had...
Happy Students: A Guide to Summer School Survival
That golden time of year has arrived, the coveted season of rest and relaxation. If you hadn’t guessed yet I’m referring to Summer, those precious months at the end of every school year that find you shedding your layers and breathing a little easier....
Getting Accelerated with 500 Startups!
We’re excited (to say the least) that Kibin has been accepted into the new class at 500 Startups.  The program consists of an intense three to four month process of constant iteration, analysis, and validation.  If you aren’t familiar with the 500 Startups...
Kibin Processes its First 100 Reviews
Last night we crossed a small milestone for our fledgling little start-up.  In just over two weeks of being live, Kibin has processed 100 reviews through our platform and community. We think that’s pretty exciting!  Knowing that 100 people around the country,...
We’ve Finally Made it, Kibin is Open to the Public!
After what seems like eternity and another near sleepless night, I can excitedly say that Kibin is officially open to the public.  That’s right, no more AdWords driven signups leading to dead ends or confusing closed beta processes for the select few.  We...