Newsle is hiring!

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Newsle is building the future of news alerts.

A future where the information you need gets delivered to you.

We believe that web services should save you time, not waste your time.

We’re a consumer technology company, tackling cutting-edge technical problems and delivering actionable information to our users.

Over the last two years, we’ve developed the state-of-the-art person disambiguation system, built a news indexer that crawls millions of articles a day, and designed an application that’s loved by users around the world.

Our team is based in San Francisco and comes from around the world, including Azerbaijan, Israel, Germany, New Hampshire, and California. Our priorities are simple: reorganize news around people, and have fun doing it.

We’re funded by Conde Nast, Maveron, DFJ, Bloomberg Beta, Transmedia Capital, Lerer Ventures, and SV Angel.

At Newsle, you can work on all aspects of the product, from building and scaling the core NLP algorithms to generating newsfeeds and pushing them to the frontend.

We’re considering engineers for all levels of our stack, but are particularly interested in machine learning or full-stack engineers. Competitive salary/equity & unlimited vacation.

Read more about our openings at newsle.com/jobs.

Now You Can Follow Journalists with Newsle

In our effort to find every mention of your friend in the news, we would sometimes include articles your friend wrote in your feed. For those of you who have a lot of journalist friends, those stories could start to take over your Newsle feed. Not ideal. On the other hand, you told us you actually liked knowing when your friends wrote articles, as long as they weren’t cluttering your feed. Today, we’re excited to announce a new feature for following journalists on Newsle!

In short:

  1. Stories written by your friends will no longer be included in your main feed (or emails) by default. We’ll be adding settings soon so you can control this as you’d like. 
  2. You now choose to follow journalists and you’ll see all the stories they write in your Journalist feed. 
Newsle for Journalists
We’re really excited because we believe this is a better way to follow journalists you care about. We filter out the noise of updates on social networks, to show you what they’re actually writing. You might use this feature to:
  • Follow your journalist friends and connections. Now you’ll actually be able to comment on their recent story the next time they bring it up.
  • Follow just the journalists and niches you care about. You may not like everything a publication writes, but you do love hearing from certain writers. We can help filter the news down to what you actually want to read.
  • Follow journalists who might write about you. If you’re looking to get coverage for your startup, business or anything else it’s incredibly useful to know what a journalist is writing about. Following all the journalists in your niche on Newsle is the perfect way to do that.

We’ve created a handy list of Tech Journalists for you to check out, so you can start following awesome journalists right away. We’d love to hear what you think of our new feature!

Welcome to the new Newsle

We first launched the Newsle private beta in January 2011, with an article in TechCrunch. We got great feedback from you, our beta users, and over the last 8 months, we’ve done a complete overhaul of the product to incorporate what we’ve learned.

It’s not exactly a pivot, since the core idea – tracking news about the people you care about – hasn’t changed. It’s more of an evolution.

Before, Newsle focused on finding archive news. We thought that what our users wanted was a way to get some background on their friends, and see what big things their friends had done in the past. But you told us that what’s really valuable is finding recent news about your friends, right after it’s published.

Now, Newsle finds news about you and your friends minutes or hours after it’s published. When your friend makes the news, we email you immediately.

Every day, we process over 1 million articles – which is pretty much every major (and most minor) news article and blog post that’s published online. We’re tracking over 3 million people in the news. And your friends are more famous than you think: a majority of our users have friends in the news every week.

Check it out and let us know what you think!