Monday, April 18, 2011

Skribit Shutting Down ;-(

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On July 31st, 2011, Skribit will be closing its doors. Skribit started several years ago at Atlanta Startup Weekend in November 2007 and has had a good run. As a refresher, Skribit aimed to aid writer's block by allowing bloggers to receive post suggestions from their readers, while helping readers keep track of what their favorite blogger's were working on.

Unfortunately, Skribit traction was not as impressive as we had hoped and Skribit had become more of a niche solution for a small percentage of bloggers. Over the past few years, 45,162 blog post suggestions have been completed through Skribit, 2,346 of which were completed/blogged. The vast majority of Skribit users did not receive suggestions from their readers for various reasons. Only 1,214 blogs had more than 3 active suggestions.

We stopped actively developing Skribit last Spring and decided to pursue other opportunities. Thanks for being part of Skribit! We are in the process of refunding current PRO users. We wouldn't have been able to keep Skribit running for so long if it wasn't for a seed investment from Georgia Tech's Edison Fund and lots of advising from Lance Weatherby of the Georgia Tech ATDC.

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Calvin, Paul & Lance

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World Bank Weekly Update - Apr 18, 2011

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News | Events & Discussions | Regional News and Projects | Results | Business & Career Opportunities | On the Blogs | In Depth | Did You Know?

* More Countries Closer to Millennium Development Goals
* Development Committee: Food Prices Top Concern
* Put Food First: Open Forum on the Food Crisis
* 'Apps for Development' Winners Unveiled
* Bangladesh: Mapping Climate Change and Food Security
* Four Ways to Ensure Growth in Africa's Agriculture Sector
* World Development Report 2011: Conflict Security and Development
* Video: A Year of Open Data at the World Bank
* Dani Rodrik Speaks on Structural Change, Growth and Jobs
East Asia and the Pacific
East Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
South Asia
* A - Z of Development Results
* Environmental Specialist, Chemical Management
* Absolute vs Relative Poverty
* World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings
* New App Highlights Concrete Results Achieved with World Bank Support
More Countries Closer to Millennium Development Goals
Two-thirds of developing countries are on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), says a new report. The Global Monitoring Report 2011 delves into country performance, revealing a diverse, but hopeful picture of progress toward the MDGs. Read more
Development Committee: Food Prices Top Concern
At the conclusion of the Spring Meetings, the Development Committee issued its communiqué, which focuses on rising food prices as a major concern. Communiqué | Webcast | Zoellick Presentation
Put Food First: Open Forum on the Food Crisis
Food prices have risen 36% since last year, causing pain and suffering for poor people around the world. During the World Bank's Open Forum on the food crisis, panelists tackled solutions such as sustainable farming to increase agricultural productivity and easing trade of staple foods. Replay discussion.
'Apps for Development' Winners Unveiled
More than 100 entries from 36 countries competed in the World Bank first ever 'Apps for Development' competition. The winning application allows users to visualize development indicators using charts and maps. Apps Gallery | Press Release | Video
Bangladesh: Mapping Climate Change and Food Security
Bangladesh can be described as "ground zero" at the intersection of climate change and food security. A new effort maps the country's progress in tackling these challenges. See map
Four Ways to Ensure Growth in Africa's Agriculture Sector
With only one-fourth of Africa's arable land currently in use, accounting for a mere 10% of global food production, an agriculture and agri-business sector in full bloom is likely to result in transformational change in the lives of the world's bottom billion. Read more
World Development Report 2011: Conflict Security and Development
Citizen security, justice and jobs are key to helping 1.5 billion people affected by political and criminal violence, says the World Bank's new World Development Report. Read the main findings of the report, and replay a webcast of two panel discussions.  
Video: A Year of Open Data at the World Bank
A year after the World Bank made its data free and accessible; see how developers and researchers around the world are using these datasets to find new solutions to development problems. Watch video
Dani Rodrik Speaks on Structural Change, Growth and Jobs
Professor Dani Rodrik visited the World Bank to deliver a lecture on structural change and growth. See highlights.
Monthly Operational Summary of proposed projects in all regions.
Access to Information Find newly disclosed and declassified documents.
African Finance Ministers Urge Economic Diversification to Spur Jobs, Growth
Speaking to press during the 2011 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, African ministers said their countries must rely less heavily on commodities, bridge infrastructure gaps and ensure regional integration. Read more
For more information on the Africa region...
East Asia and the Pacific
World Bank Open Data Now in Chinese
The World Bank's data are now available in Chinese, on the Open Data platform. The platform provides a free, comprehensive, and user-friendly window into the world's development progress. Read more
For more information on the East Asia and Pacific region...
East Europe and Central Asia
Transition to a Low-Emission Economy in Poland
A new study identifies factors that could lead Poland on a low emission growth path. The study is part of the World Bank's series of low-carbon growth studies. Read more
For more information on the Europe and Central Asia region...
Latin America and the Caribbean
How Latin America Can Help Solve the Food Crisis
A new World Bank report highlights Latin America's potential to help solve the food crisis given its huge abundance of natural resources. Read more
For more information on the Latin America and the Caribbean region...
Middle East and North Africa
Middle East and North Africa: A New Social Contract for Development
Speaking ahead of the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, Bank President Robert Zoellick said the crisis engulfing the Middle East and North Africa shows that greater citizen participation and better governance are crucial for economic development. The World Bank will do more to emphasize both, he said. Read more
For more information on the Middle East and North Africa region...
South Asia
South Asia: Results from the Field
Through personal stories, facts, and figures, see how World Bank support is helping overcome poverty in South Asia. Read more
For more information on the South Asia region…
A - Z of Development Results
Helping countries achieve results is at the heart of the World Bank's work. We are working with our country partners to better document what we are achieving together. See a snapshot of our impact.
Environmental Specialist, Chemical Management, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The environmental specialist will support the development of GEF programs and policies related to chemicals. The incumbent will provide guidance, coordinate a portfolio of projects, and maintain institutional relationships. Apply now
Absolute vs Relative Poverty
There is more relative poverty in the developing world than previously thought. Also, the pace of progress against relative poverty is slower than that against absolute poverty. Read blog post
For more on the Blogs
The global food crisis, conflict-affected countries, anti-corruption and recent developments in the Middle East/North Africa were on the agenda for the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings last week in Washington, D.C. See in-depth coverage of the discussions on our blog.
New App Highlights Concrete Results Achieved with World Bank Support
The World Bank "Results at a Glance" mobile app allows you to search and browse more than 450 results stories by country, topic or keyword. Try it out.
The World Bank Weekly Update, published Mondays, highlights activities on the Bank's Web site for the previous week. For more information…
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