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Jonah Varon

Jonah is a co-founder of Newsle. He is on leave from Harvard, where he was concentrating in Computer Science. Previously, he founded College FML, a ... More »Jonah is a co-founder of Newsle. He is on leave from Harvard, where he was concentrating in Computer Science. Previously, he founded College FML, a humorous network of college-specific websites.

Backed By Lerer And SV Angel, Newsle Launches To Let You Track News About Your Friends

Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon created the site in early 2011 as a way to find out more about what their friends and people they met at school were up to during the summer, and beyond. At the time, Hansen and Varon were sophomores at Harvard, but they’ve since taken leave and have ...

Here's The Email-Alerts Service That BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti Can't Live Without

We went to ask cofounder Jonah Varon, whom we run into at the coffee station every now and then, what he thought of the publicity, but he was too busy coding. So we took a spy shot of him instead. (Seriously, Varon never stops working, as far as we can tell. ) ...

30 Under 30: These People Are Building The Media Companies Of Tomorrow

Matt Galligan (Circa), Dan Fletcher (Beacon), Jake Horowitz and Chris Altchek (PolicyMic) and Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon are all, in their different ways, trying to tackle the problems facing news outlets: What forms of news work best on a mobile device? What about in a social media ...

Newsle Grabs the News On Who You Know, Now Includes Gmail Contacts

Most of our users have a friend in the news once a week,” says founder Jonah Varon who dropped out of Harvard and moved with his co-founder to San Francisco, publicly launching Newsle in February. My first email contained nine articles, two of which were written by me, published as ...

Newsle Lands $1.8M From Media Giant Advance Publications, Bloomberg Beta & More To Be The News R...

Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon began building Newsle as undergraduates at Harvard to fill a nagging gap among today’s news aggregators. The idea being that, as popular as Google Alerts may be, people want to read news based on who their friends and colleagues are and who they want to know ...

Newsle Raises $600K & Decides to Drop out of Harvard and Head to Silicon Valley

Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon were sophomores at Harvard when they first created Newsle. They’ve since dropped out and moved to San Francisco (insert Zuckerberg reference here), and all in good fortune. The company’s just announced they’ve raised $600K in seed financing from Lerer Ventures ...

Harvard students welcome return of Facebook CEO

“It’s not techie,’’ he said, “but now that I’m learning how to start something and gain support for a project and pitch an idea, I’m going to approach it with that start-up spirit.’’ Two students who won’t be attending the Zuckerberg event are Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon, both 20, who ...

Follow Friends & Public Figures in the News With Newsle

“There’s nowhere else on the web where you can find news on a list of your friends,” Newsle co-founder and Harvard undergrad Jonah Varon says. Varon and co-founder Axel Hansen met last year as freshmen when the two were assigned as dorm roommates. The pair started working on ...

Challenge Showcases Startup Ventures

Jonah Varon ('13) explains the concept behind "Newsle", a web application he designed with Alex Hansen ('13), which enables users to track and read news articles about their friends. "Newsle" was awarded the McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in ...

Ekaterina Walter: Networking: Maintaining Relationships in a Digital World

Newsle was started by Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon, two computer science students from Harvard who were randomly paired up as roommates. During their freshman year, Varon launched College FML, and Axel created an iPad app for viewing large neuroscience datasets. The two young men ...

Bianca Bosker: Newsle Skips Your Friends' BS To Show You The News About Them That Matters

"With Newsle, there's no social news, only real news," said Axel Hansen, co-founder of Newsle, who notes that he and his partner, Jonah Varon, have cut back their use of Facebook and Twitter because the sites become so noisy. "There's so much news we don't care about, like what friends ...

Newsle Raises $1.65 Million in Series A Round to Remake News Discovery for Professionals

"The Internet has transformed news, and effective businesspeople need tools to cope with this transformation," said Jonah Varon, co-founder of Newsle. "We help people find essential items they might otherwise miss in the flood of online news. This round of investment allows us to grow ...

Princeton FML Coming Soon! Maybe?

Harvard freshman Jonah Varon recently started College FML, an umbrella organization that runs various college FMLs around the country. College FML, which is not affiliated with Harvard FML, has started about 30 college-specific sites and continues to expand, according to Varon. ...

Newsle Find News Stories About Your Contacts

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of content the site was able to generate, and it is certainly impressive that founders Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon were able to execute such a precise algorithm for finding the right friends for each article. The site is pretty easy to navigate...

Build Your Online Reputation with Newsle

Newsle was created by Harvard undergrads Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon to help people know when friends and colleagues are featured in a newspaper, quoted on a blog or mentioned on a news website. In addition to making it easy-as-pie to follow your friends in the news, Newsle allows you to ...

Newsle Shows Influencers in the News

Brainchild of Harvard sophomores, Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon, Newsle made the news back in 2011, when the beta-by-invitation was reviewed by Techcrunch. And then, again in late February 2012, when it finally exited stealth mode, opening for public use. It was featured on the Huffington ...

Showcase Of The 50 Most Innovative Student Businesses: The ...

Newsle: If this site works as promised, it will go a long way to helping today’s digital-information clutter. The brainchild of two Harvard University students, Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon, Newsle bills itself as a way to track news stories about your friends, professional contacts, or select ...

Newsle Tracks Your News-Worthy Friends

Newsle was created by Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon to keep up with friends and others, originally focusing on older news. Beta testing revealed users really wanted a way to track real-time real news about friends, family members, and contacts – which is what Newsle then set out to accomplish.

Concord Schools: Students Will Be Fined For Skipping Class ...

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the school... Read more from Huffington Post bloggers: Arn Tellem Arn Tellem: I Declare Axel Hansen and Jonah Varon Axel Hansen and Jonah ...

Harvard roommates create site to easily follow friends and ...

Axel Hansen (left) and Jonah Varon, creators of newsle.com, are Harvard… (Jennifer S. Altman For The Boston Globe) Could it be the next social media sensation? Two Harvard sophomores recently launched a website, newsle.com, to help people track friends and celebrities — and to let them ...

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