I sat down with Gary Pick from Newsbox to chat about his company, his experience with coworking, and his connection to Baltimore. Pick started the company, Connectus, in 2001 and began developing a PR platform called PRSafe in 2008. He created 2 versions of that with close to 7,000 users before rebuilding and rebranding as NewsBox. The current platform has close to 14,000 users and he is planning to launch version 3.0, completely rebuilt from the ground up, in the next couple of weeks.
Newsbox is a news platform that started as a way for companies to send press releases. However, with the growth in technology and online platforms, Newsbox has matured into what Pick calls the next generation of news distribution. This news platform not only allows companies monitor media, press release hosting and distribution, but also to subscribe to news sources, collect data about those who are actually reading your news, build connections with journalists and influencers, and create a network of connections where you can send future news. One of their unique feature of Newsbox is that companies can take a “news box” and embed it on their websites to direct the traffic of Newsbox readers to the companies website.
Pick has been working at ETC’s Haven Street Campus and has nothing but praise for the coworking aspect. Moving from a space that was too big, too costly, and too secluded, Pick is now enjoying working among peers. The biggest perks of coworking, he says, are being surrounded by others who are able to give feedback and attending networking events that ETC and other companies host. He says that it’s a real advantage to have access to financial and legal advisors available, which is something helps startups stay out of the large percentage that fail in their first few years.
Pick’s connection to Baltimore is pretty strong. Born in Baltimore, residing in Bel Air and Perry Hall, and now living in Towson, Pick has always called Baltimore home. He also comments on how great the resources of the Maryland area are for startups.
Lastly, here’s some fun information you might not have known about Gary Pick. His spirit animal is an owl, and his spirit color is orange. Barcelona was his favorite place to travel with Japan coming in a close second.
Check out this Intro Video to learn more about what Newsbox is all about!