The story of RTreporter starts in 2011 when one of the founders of RTreporter wants to analyze Tweets in order to discover the popularity of the articles he writes for different websites and blogs. A tool to track specific words is developed with extensive data mining capabilities.
As the founders of RTreporter have their roots in media and journalism, they realize that Twitter is a great source of information, and what an advantage it could be if the power of Twitter is harnessed to spot newsworthy events at an early stage before they are picked up by the traditional media.
In collaboration with VU University Amsterdam, the mathematical and semantic obstacles are overcome to produce a second version of RTreporter that gives a powerful insight into what is being talked about on Twitter.
Marijn Deurloo MBA
is a parallel entrepreneur who started his career as a computer programmer. Marijn founded MKB-net in 1995, one of the first Dutch internet startups. Later he worked at Telegraaf Media Group as IT manager. In 2006 Marijn became independent interim manager and owner of several companies working in areas such as I-mapping and producing GIS solutions.
Bert Kok MBA
Founder and Chief Twitter Officer
is the creative mind and Twitter specialist of RTreporter. Bert has his roots in journalism. He worked as a journalist for newspapers, magazines and radio. At the Dutch national press agency ANP he was the managing director of the multimedia department for many years. Bert operates in the fast-moving area where content, technology and business models come together. He specializes in crossmedia concepts.
started working on a news detection algorithm and dashboard for RTReporter as a researcher at the VU University Amsterdam. He studied Business Mathematics and Informatics, and has a broad interest in research ranging from call center planning and economics to data visualization, quantitative IT portfolio management, evolutionary computing and news detection on Twitter. Working as a freelance IT developer since high school, he has years of experience delivering the best software to get jobs done.
VP of Sales
is a Hotel School Graduate with deep interest for Social Media. He gained sales experience in recruitment. He is passionate about providing clients with the best service and making sure that the solutions are working to the specifications they provide.
CCinq designs and develops crossmedia concepts. This is done either independently or in a joint venture. CCINQ is the company behind initiatives like Journalist.nl, a craigslist for journalistic productions, Slideshots, a website that offers newsphotos specifically for presentations, Twittermania.nl, the only Dutch weblog dedicated to Twitter, and RTreporter, the application for visualizing Twitter data.
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