Edwin Rios, a journalism and psychology student at Northwestern University, just posted his feature story of me at the TechCocktail Spring Startup Showcase. Eddie found us online when he was researching tech startups from Chicago that are working on issues related to politics. We had a great conversation at TechCocktail and met again for hot chocolate on a chilly day in Hyde Park. The article generally quite flattering even though I’m not thrilled about the hairline part.
Couple of useful bits:
Ahmad describes Votifi as a peer-to-peer recommendation engine where users find others that share their political view and engage with others on the other side of an issue. The idea arose in 2008. Votifi CEO Lou Aronson was waiting at his children’s bus stop with other parents. He heard them complaining about the automated calls they would receive during the upcoming election season. One neighbor wasn’t because he didn’t have a landline, just his cell phone.
And my favorite:
But when he winds up for his pitch to the people, the delivery is smooth. He changes up his explanation of what the company is with each person he talks to, staring into their eyes through his thick glasses. A young woman in a track jacket returns a glare. After a 10-minute conversation with Ahmad, she leans on her back heel and crosses her arms. “I’m sold,” she says.