Our name is Bloom Labs, but you can call us Bloom. We're a location-based platform for local news.
Our mission is to research, experiment, and implement new ways to inform and engage people with local news. We provide services for publishers to geotag stories to precise geographic locations, for readers to access news happening nearby, and for businesses to collaborate with newsrooms to improve access to local news.
My brother and I founded Bloom to learn how online information could be communicated better locally in the real world between neighbors, tourists, or anyone. As a weekend project, we studied and experimented with ideas that closely connected people with conversations, advice, and emergencies.
In 2015, we narrowed in on local journalism's challenges knowing its critical impact in local communities. Despite the widespread problems facing local publishers today, we see great potential for local news and are determined to help them find ways to regain their stability.
Stephen grew up just outside of Washington DC, working as a web developer and strategist for small businesses and non-profits throughout the region. In high school, he formed a non-profit to raise awareness for skateboard parks in northern Virginia.
Since then, he has contributed to various community-oriented projects and served as a fellow at Tow-Knight's Entrepreneurial Journalism program in NYC in 2016.