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The news experience is frustrating.
News outlets that were respected in the past are now increasingly partisan and biased. That’s led to thousands of new sources but it’s hard to know which ones to trust.
And when you finally find an article you want to read you’re often forced to buy a full subscription just to read that one article.
We love reading the news and the above frustrating experience is one we encounter daily.
So we decided to apply our skills gained at Stanford, IIT Madras, and Waterloo to solve this problem close to our hearts and help the world love reading news again.
We believe that best news enlightens us, brings us together, and improves our communities.
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Our team, from across the United States, is working to restore trust in the news. We represent diverse backgrounds and political orientations with the goal of fostering discussion and empathy.
CTO & CO-FOUNDER
In addition to all things tech, Ajoy loves to read quality news and watch reruns of Seinfeld. Having a family meant less time to read news and figuring out what is important to know. Before The Factual, Ajoy was the co-founder & CTO at Quartzy, a SAAS marketplace company focused on Life Sciences. Ajoy holds an under-graduate degree in Engineering from IIT Madras.
Alex used to consume too much news, to the point of alienating his well-adjusted friends and family. Since joining The Factual, he's been able to explore his passion in a healthy way, by curating and providing credible news to an audience that wants to stay informed. Outside of work, Alex likes to read, write, and draw. Coincidentally, he often reads, writes, and draws about current events. Alex holds a B.A in liberal arts from Soka University.
Having lived and worked in several countries - India, Kazakhstan, United States to name a few - Anita has always enjoyed reading news from multiple sources. But with her work and family commitments, she found it hard to keep up with important news, until she found The Factual. Anita now combines her passion for news with her 25+ years of marketing experience to help grow The Factual community. She received her B.Sc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and her MBA from MIT Sloan.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Arjun has always been passionate about news from when he was a paperboy in middle school through becoming Editor-in-chief of The Stanford Reporter. Prior to The Factual, Arjun was VP of Business Development at HubSpot. Arjun holds a B.Sc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Stanford University. Outside of work Arjun slaves away for his children hoping they will be grateful one day.
Gal Barak is a recent Philosophy graduate from the University of Denver. A seeker of truth in a world in which fact is obscured, Gal has found The Factual a potential solution to the overly polarized world of US politics. Outside of work, Gal is a plain and simple man, spending his time reading, writing poetry, and taking walks through nature.
CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGIST
Kathryn is passionate about effective communication and storytelling. A lifelong learner, she graduated from USC in 2017, having studied creative writing and international relations. She joined the Teach for America Hawaii cohort while simultaneously obtaining her Master of Science in Education degree from Johns Hopkins University. On her free time, she enjoys taking art and yoga classes, eating hot pot, and surfing.
Maxwell is a writer, editor, and independent researcher especially interested in the intersections of conflict, law, media, and international politics. Before joining The Factual, he graduated from Grinnell College and earned a Master's in War Studies from King's College London. He has worked as an agricultural researcher in India and as an editor-in-chief of his college newspaper.
Michelle is a creative and enthusiastic individual that is committed to connecting users and products together through compelling storytelling, empathy, and psychology. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Public Health from San Jose State University, Michelle discovered a newfound passion for Marketing and Public Relations. Since joining The Factual, Michelle has been able to keep audiences informed on today’s critical issues, facilitate thoughtful discussions, and connect users across their differences.
Phillip is a writer, editor, and researcher. Before completing his MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2019, he worked as an editor and content strategist for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. When he’s not working, you can find him playing soccer, hiking, or cooking.
Rene Cobar is a writer and musician based in Austin, Texas. Always the news amplifier, Rene spends his time conversing with friends and family over today’s pressing issues. Rene believes The Factual comes at a vital time when information has become distorted, and credibility challenged, offering all a chance to hear clearly all sides of a story. Rene holds a B.A in creative writing and theatre from New England College.
As a proud Air Force spouse, Sarah's had the opportunity to travel and work in marketing in St. Louis, MO, public affairs as an editor for a university in rural Mississippi, and advertising at The Great Falls Tribune in Montana. After a 9-year professional work hiatus to focus on her family, Sarah began assisting The Factual. She's also a yoga teacher and a mom to two girls.
VOLUNTEER WORK MOM
Teri Bates is a retired middle school guidance counselor. She shares her life and love with Dave, her husband of 40+ years, sons David and Kevin, GOAT domestic partners Meg and Katie, retired racing greyhound Clint Eastwood, and grandchildren Jack and Maggie. It’s a well-known fact that Jack and Maggie, like all grandchildren, are the sweetest, cutest, smartest, most exceptional little people in the history of the cosmos.
Vinay is a writer, director, and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. He currently works with teams as a digital media specialist, brand strategist, and copyeditor, in addition to writing across mediums and making short films with his friends.
After graduating from The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health amid a pandemic; Zain realized viruses were boring and accepted his one true love, media literacy. He plans on returning to school for a masters degree in communications and mass media with interests in journalism and public policy. When he isn’t exercising or bothering his siblings, he spends his time reading, cooking, and writing