Monday, May 13, 2013

Turn Your Favorite Online Content Into Beautiful Magazines With Flipboard

Based in Palo Alto, California, Flipboard is a personal magazine maker app that aims to let people find and share content in simple, beautiful, and meaningful ways. Available on iOS and Android, Flipboard allows you to save anything from the web (photos, audio, video, stories, and more) and turn your favorite content into digital magazines that you can browse through later or share with friends. With Flipboard, you can discover cool things on the Internet, catch up on the news, and stay connected to your social networks in one place. You can also browse other users' magazines and Flipboard's curated staff picks for interesting content on a myriad of topics such as news, business, art, sports, food, technology, and music. Housed in a simple and elegant interface, Flipboard sections can be arranged to your liking for easy navigation.

With a user base of 56 million strong, Flipboard recently launched a new web-based magazine editor for curators and publishers. Here, users can create, edit, and share magazines just as they could on mobile, as well as set covers and rearrange and delete items, which are web-only features. Initially a mobile-only company, Flipboard is now expanding to the web with the new editor and more offerings down the line. Right now, clicking a link to a Flipboard magazine from a non-mobile device only leads to a landing page that prompts you to download the mobile app so you can view the content. Flipboard is currently working on this issue and is planning to “do more on the web over time.”

Led by former Tellme CEO Mike McCue and former Apple senior iPhone engineer Evan Doll, Flipboard is backed by Insight Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer, The Chernin Group, Jack Dorsey, Dustin Moskovitz, and Ashton Kutcher. Major publications that have launched on Flipboard include The New York Times and The Financial Times.

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