For the past 10 years, I’ve focused on building technology solutions for many companies and political campaigns. For the better half of the last 5 years, I was at a B2B media company. My last day with a traditional job is Friday, January 29th. 2021 is about taking those skills and building something on my own.
I’m a man of many side projects with skills in just about every software development environment. Desktop / mobile apps, websites, REST services, machine learning, and just about everything else. With that being said the past few years I’ve lacked a real challenge and haven’t created anything that fills a certain itch.
The past few months I’ve been building Khabin News under Khabin LLC. Khabin is not VC-backed. Started down that path with many opportunities and quickly realized my goal is to build innovative products with increasing importance on a healthy lifestyle. I’m bootstrapping the company with my own savings and startup benefits like the AWS Activate program which has credited with thousands of dollars in AWS credits. With this approach, I’m sure there are many downsides and additional responsibilities. This is the challenge I’m looking for to feel a personal void.
Khabin News — News curation without the information overload.
Why build Khabin News? — Following the news is overwhelming and there are too many publications and content created to find something just for you. More and more people want to informed about what’s going on in the world and their own country. Khabin News is providing a great starting place.
How does Khabin News work? — Khabin aggregates content for 1000s of sources into three feeds. Trending — things happening in the world and your country. Long-Form — More than just the top news sources. Editorial content about life in general. For You — content curated just for you based on your reading history. Each feed is focused on collecting just the facts and consolidating duplicate headlines.
What is Khabin News? — A beautiful iOS and Android App. Read articles in a clean predictable format. Get related articles based on your reading history. With the app, you can also bookmark articles for reading later. The app doesn’t require an ss
Our the last couple of years I’ve created many versions of this same project. In November I decided to give it another try by building a great news article parsing while building both the Android and iOS apps myself. I went through the design, iteration, validation phase with much success. Once again a big task but, this is the challenge I’ve been waiting for.
As of today, Khabin News is installed on over +18,000 devices around the world. Top 100 in the “News” category in many countries. The apps were built around creating the best class Recommendations, Web Scraping & Parsing, and Anonymous User Tracking & Monetization.
I strongly believe Khabin News is an answer to the overwhelming feeling from the news we all feel. People want to be informed more and more these days without drowning.
This new journey about commitment. In the seek of purpose Khabin will be my only project this year. If things go horribly wrong my goal is to take a break and write a book about failure then try again.
I’d like to thank everyone who has or will support my work, inspiring me to attempt this in the first place. I have no idea how any of this will play out, but I’m willing to take the risk.
As part of this journey all be sharing the adventure through writing, podcasting, and tweeting.