Verbatm was founded with the aim of building the world's first platform for multimedia, immersive story-telling that served the nuanced needs of Black Lives Matter. In 2015, social media was changing the nature of journalism and news media. Social media was undermining information gatekeepers, and diversifying the stories and perspectives gaining attention on a global scale.
Designing Verbatm was a monumental challenge. There were technological, social, political, and cultural factors to identify, weigh, and synthesize into a product and user experience. I worked with a variety of stakeholders, such as activists, organizers, journalists, prosecutors, and the police. We launched Verbatm in 2015 and grew our user base to hundreds of story-tellers, each reporting from the streets and documenting protests, rallies, workshops, and events centered around justice for Black and Brown lives impacted by police brutality.
Founder and Design Director.