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City students have a New York of mind

Electronic Publishing MA students work on major new tech start-up.
by Ben, a major new tech start-up, which has been created with help of City Masters in Electronic Publishing Students, was launched yesterday by the founding CEO consumer technology company Jawbone, Alexander Asseily, at the Tech Crunch Disrupt conference in New York City.

Senior Lecturer Dr Neil Thurman City and students have been working on the project since September 2012 when they were invited to be some of the first people in the world to use and feedback on the platform to the founders and development team. They have since continued to be involved and are now employed helping to curate content on the site. is described by its creators as a structured opinion-sharing network and "the simplest way to state an opinion, get counted and see where you stand." Its advisory board includes Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web.

City Electronic Publishing student Jane Denton said: "Being part of something from the outset is special. Our involvement has meant that we have had a unique insight into the thinking, creativity, and sheer hard work which goes into launching a new platform".

Another student, Ryan McConnell, said he found the insight gained "invaluable. What I learned through the collaboration will stick with me because it is tied to an actual product and not an abstract example."

Dr Neil Thurman from City University's journalism department said "I was delighted that this collaboration has worked so well. It shows the mutual benefits of academic / business partnerships and I wish every success as they introduce their innovative platform to the world."

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