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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.
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 BASc 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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Security Assurance at the University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu. She loves to travel and studied abroad in Argentina and Costa Rica. In her downtime, she loves spending time with her husband, daughters and two Havanese.
After transferring from Seattle University in 2020 where she previously studied Computer Science, Isabel discovered a newfound passion for graphic design and decided to pursue the major of Digital Design at the University of Hawaii - West Oahu. She is now a third year at UHWO and finds passion in anything related to the realm of art. During her free time she loves spending time with her family and friends, drawing or creating, and running her small business on Instagram.
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.
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.