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Kerry Flynn

Journalist

New York City

Kerry Flynn

Listening to the world's passions. Writing about innovation.

Huffington Post. Forbes Media. Money Magazine. Hartford Courant.

Harvard Class of 2014, Environmental Policy and Economics.

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Tinder To Start Offering Special Features For A Fee

Beginning in early November, Tinder, the wildly popular and sometimes controversial dating app, will offer users optional additional features for a price. The company's CEO and co-founder, Sean Rad, announced that the company would soon offer the new paid features on Monday, during the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia.
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Spotify Introduces Shared Accounts So You Can Save Money With Friends

If you have any friends or family, you can now band together to save a couple bucks on Spotify. The company launched a new pricing plan on Monday that will allow groups of people to save some cash by creating a joint subscription under one bill. The plan will have all the benefits of Spotify Premium, including no ads and offline playlists.
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Before Spotify Enters, Russian Streaming Music Service Closes $20M Series A

Hold up, Spotify. Russia already has a free, legal music streaming service, and now it has the funding to further support its ecosystem of apps, social media integrations and a growing network. Zvooq announced today that it raised $20 million in a Series A round led by Ulmart, Russia’s online electronic retailer that rivals Amazon, and private equity fund Essedel Capital.
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Drink Alcohol, Donate Clean Water: How Saucey Is Standing Out In 'Uber For X' Model

We need everything, and we need it now. Oh, and there better be an app for it. Whether it’s music, movies, transportation, cleaning services, or food delivery, industries are being transformed by a so-called “Uber for X” model. The latest market to be flooded by delivery apps: the liquor store. This summer we’ve seen alcohol delivery apps launch and gain increasing popularity in major cities.
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Socialist, An App For The List Obsessed To Create And Share Favorites

Millennials live and breathe lists. We spend hours every day on Buzzfeed reading about the best burger joints and cat videos, but the reality is we all have our own opinions, our own rankings. Now, there’s an easy and attractive way to share and act on them. Socialist (yes, the founder knows) is an app, built only for iOS 7 for now, that allows iPhone users to create and consume lists of places, movies, music, or anything really.
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Square Merges Its Mobile Payments With Food Delivery By Acquiring Caviar

Yesterday during a startup conference within AlleyNYC focused on food industry innovators I was fascinated by an introduction to Caviar, a startup that delivers meals from high-end restaurants. Now consumers wishing to enjoy prepared dishes at home or in the office could choose gourmet as opposed to the quick delivery options.
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How To Make A Standing Desk For Under $200: MIT Grads Go Digital

Sit still during your 9 to 5 and you’re shedding years off your life. Some companies have taken that advice to heart, pushing for stand-up meetings and offering standing desks, but if workers opt for a standing desk they could expect to spend $500 or more for quality products. introducing the Press Fit Standing Desk.
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With Beacons And Audio, LISNR Uses Proximity Marketing To Amplify Listeners

We’re all consumers of the world around us — the music blasting in our headphones, the sounds and advertising on the streets, the stores and events we attend — and for many of us, our smartphones are with us each step of the way. Armed with audio-beacon and smart app engine technology, Cincinnati-based startup LISNR has capitalized on this extra limb by providing consumers with triggered content via their smartphone that aims to amplify (not distract from) listening experiences.
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Finally, An App For Volunteering

You use LinkedIn to find a job, Twitter to spread the news, and Facebook to connect with friends, but where can you post about and find volunteer work in today’s social networking era? From Ithaca, New York, GiveGab has set out to increase volunteering worldwide by developing software and a social network that helps nonprofits, communities, and volunteers manage and promote their efforts.
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The Future of Heating Buildings? MIT Introduces Local Warming

Saving energy and our climate future often seems to come with sacrifice, but what if a new technology could eliminate some of the wasted energy on heating or cooling in buildings? Forget about monitoring your thermostat with Nest and following Jimmy Carter’s advice to put on a sweater; try a new ceiling-mounted heating system that uses motion tracking to create personal climates.
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Square Spreads to Local Business and Student Groups

An increasing number of local businesses and student groups are using Square to accept credit cards. Inside the Stuff Sale tent earlier this year, members of Harvard Habitat for Humanity used iPhones and iPods to accept payments for everything from fans to furniture. Instead of withdrawing money, students wishing to purchase items for their dorm room were able to use credit cards, and sellers no longer needed to keep track of wads of cash.
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The New Age of Dining Out

A touchscreen gadget the size of a Moleskine notebook sits propped up at the end of the table at Uno Chicago Grill. It’s not on every table, but certain returning customers ask to be seated where they’re placed. During the busy lunch service at Au Bon Pain, employees greet customers and take customized sandwich orders using iPads.
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About

Kerry Flynn

A recent graduate of Harvard College with experience in print and digital media for newspapers and magazines, I am looking for opportunities to write about innovation and be a part of a team navigating the changing media industry. Most recently, I interned at Forbes where I covered startups with an eye to energy innovators, trends in mobile tech, and social entrepreneurship. Prior, I interned at Money magazine, and I've freelanced for The Day and The Hartford Courant.

The daughter of a salesman I've always had an interest storytelling, industries and communities. My journalism career started as an ambitious high schooler leading my school's newspaper and writing for my local paper. At Harvard, I spent the majority of my time working for The Harvard Crimson and had leadership roles in news and design. It was there that I fell in love with entrepreneurship, surrounded by the innovation within Cambridge and Boston.

I'm an avid runner, proud to have been a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon and a past participant of Disney's Goofy Challenge. I'm fascinated by environmental policy and disruptive technology. And I can play the French horn and the mellophone, previously donning a Crimson blazer for the Harvard Band.

Comments? Questions? Cute puppy pictures? Tweet or email me.

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Skills

  • Interviewing
  • AP Style
  • Breaking News
  • Fact-Checking
  • Press Releases
  • Copy Editing
  • Social Media
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • WordPress
  • Research
  • Editing
  • Writing