A startup from the founders of Breaking News, Factal gives companies the facts they need in real time when the unexpected happens.
Global incidents like wildfires, shootings, explosions and floods pose an immediate threat to nearby company employees, customers, facilities and assets. But in those critical early moments, information is scattered on social media with disorienting and often false details.
Factal converts unverified information into trusted, verified data, enabling companies to identify highest-risk incidents and respond faster and more effectively to protect people, avoid disruptions and even drive real-time automation. You can learn more on the Factal blog.
Is your company interested in seeing a demo and joining a trial? Email our sales team at email@example.com.
Factal is founded on a public service mission to protect people from harm around the world. We work hard to earn your trust through high standards in our code of ethics.
Charlie Tillinghast, co-founder and CEO
Charlie was the President & CEO of MSNBC Interactive, LLC. where he chartered the formation of Breaking News as an internal startup under a separate brand. During Charlie’s 13-year tenure, msnbc.com was consistently the #1 news site, as measured by unique users. Following Microsoft’s 2012 divesture of its stake in the MSNBC joint venture, Charlie served as CEO of a video content security company in England; and later as CEO of Seattle-based Mixpo, Inc., a digital advertising platform that was acquired by Netsertive. Charlie is the 2015 recipient of Geekwire’s Hire of the Year award. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Brown University.
Ben Tesch, co-founder and VP of technology
Ben was the co-founder, technical director and creative director of Breaking News, leading the technology and design teams. Earlier at MSNBC Interactive (msnbc.com), he was the manager of the Labs Group, an R&D group of developers and designers tasked with conceptualizing new products and businesses. Prior to msnbc.com, Ben led the design and front-end development of Minnesota Public Radio and its network of websites for stations and programs, which won multiple Edward R. Murrow awards during his tenure. He also led the initial design and front-end development of American Public Media and its network of programs websites, one of which received a George Foster Peabody Award.
Cory Bergman, co-founder and VP of product
Cory was the co-founder and general manager of Breaking News. Earlier at MSNBC Interactive (msnbc.com), he worked as the director of new product development, identifying and fostering innovative product efforts. Prior to msnbc.com, Cory led the digital team at KING TV in Seattle, winning the highest national awards for a local TV site. Separately, he co-founded and built hyperlocal site MyBallard.com, which won a national Online Journalism Award; and Lost Remote, a popular media blog acquired by AdWeek. Prior to his work in digital, Cory covered breaking news for NBC News as an assignment editor and field producer. He has an MBA from the University of the Pacific.
Carson Baker, developer
Carson Baker is a software developer in Portland, Oregon. He's been working with startups for over a decade: building apps for the web, iOS, and Android. Previously he's worked for Kickstarter, Set.fm, and the original Breaking News. On the weekend he likes to go rock climbing.
Rebecca Bratek, senior editor
Rebecca was most recently a producer on CBS News’ social team, where she managed the network’s flagship accounts, produced videos and wrote on a variety of topics. Prior to that, she was an editor for Breaking News, where she focused on politics and helped plan coverage of the 2016 election. She has an MA from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a BA in English from the University at Buffalo.
Thomas Brew, senior editor
Thomas Brew was managing editor at Breaking News and earlier served in a variety of editorial roles at MSNBC.com, including executive editor. Before joining the MSNBC joint venture in the mid-90s, Brew worked at newspapers for 19 years as a reporter and editor. In the past, he's served on the board of the Online News Association and the advisory council for the college of journalism at the University of Florida.
Sarah Burke, senior editor
Sarah is a television news producer and digital reporter with 8 years experience working across the US and internationally. Most recently she was a producer at VICE/HBO where she covered Trump's election and inauguration, US national security, Russia, and stories across the Middle East, Europe and Africa. She previously worked in network news for NBC and ABC based in London and Washington DC.
Ryan Ockuly, director of sales
Ryan is a sales executive with startup, growth and management experience in security, unified communication, life safety and emergency communication. Ryan has designed, sold and managed successful delivery of technology solutions and service at the enterprise level for Fortune 1000, healthcare, education and government organizations. Prior to joining Factal, Ryan worked nine years at Alertus Technologies where he was an integral part of growth in sales, product development, partnerships and OEM channel relationships.
Nick Parker, editor
Nick helped lead the Pulitzer Prize-winning Salt Lake Tribune's newsroom as night editor and copy desk chief, shaping coverage and production. He revamped workflows to increase productivity, efficiency and readability while saving money for the daily paper. Nick picked up his predilection for curmudgeonly AP style enforcement at the crosstown rival Deseret News as a copy editor, with stints at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Salt Lake City's SLUG Magazine.
Jacob Quinn Sanders, developer
A versatile reporter and editor for more than a decade before becoming a software developer, Jacob Quinn Sanders is intimately familiar with covering, supervising and building technology around breaking news events. He began covering law-enforcement on both coasts and in the South before reimagining crucial real-time workflows and content strategies at Western Pennsylvania's largest news operation. After a jump into tech, he wrote software relied on during statewide emergencies.
Jillian Stampher, managing editor
Jillian is a journalist with a focus on news editing and mobile platforms. Most recently at HuffPost, she worked as a front page editor, assigning and editing evening news coverage, often as the only editor on the site. While there, Jillian helped redevelop HuffPost’s editorial mobile initiatives, tracking alert analytics and coordinating the launch of push categories. Prior to HuffPost, Jillian was an editor at Breaking News, where she covered major stories from the aftermath of the Boston bombing to the Nice terrorist attack while also growing Breaking News’ social platforms.
Lucy Swinnen, editor
Lucy began her journalism career in 2012 in Sydney, Australia with Fairfax Media and has worked for the company across Australia and New Zealand. Most recently she worked for New Zealand's most visited national news website: Stuff.co.nz and Wellington's main daily newspaper The Dominion Post. She has lived and researched in Egypt and Turkey and has an interest in religion, politics and social issues in MENA. She is passionate about the great outdoors and has done some combination of hiking, kayaking and climbing trips in Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
Joe Veyera, editor
Joe was the editor of the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, managing the news operation of a hyperlocal weekly paper in Seattle. During his tenure, the paper won the Small Business Award from the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce. Before becoming editor, he briefly served as staff reporter for the full chain of neighborhood papers operated by Pacific Publishing. He graduated from the journalism program at the University of Washington, and served as editor of the campus newspaper, The Daily.
David Wyllie, managing editor
Most recently a senior journalist for BBC News, David was one of the first employees of Breaking News and a London-based editor for six years. While at Breaking News at NBC News, he was on the Emmy-winning team covering the downing of MH17. David also served as notifications editor for Sky News.
This Startup Wants To Sell Verified Breaking News Alerts To Companies
BuzzFeed (August 2018)
We're hiring news editors, developers and sales execs. Interested in learning more? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Editors (Seattle and London)
Factal is hiring journalists who believe in our unique mission to help protect people from harm around the world. We're creating a next-generation newsroom from the ground up, and we're looking for forward-thinking editors to join our teams in Seattle and London.
The ideal candidate:
- Excels at real-time news judgment in a high-pressure environment
- Can quickly write accurate and concise news copy that follows AP style
- Is able to write transparently, explaining what we know and don't know
- Has a knack for finding and making sense of news events from social media
- Has experience using tools and techniques for verifying information
- Thrives in breaking news situations and can cope with strong online content
- Is familiar with global geography and the current state of geopolitics
- Can understand more than one language (preferred but not required)
- Can communicate effectively (and share cool ideas) with product teams
- Is a self-starter who works well with others in a startup environment
- Will be available to work a flexible schedule in terms of days and hours
Factal pays competitively, and we provide equal employment opportunities to all candidates.
Interested? We'd love to hear from you! Send your resume to email@example.com.