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Brooklyn, NY
Freelance Journalist
Covers:  social responsibility, entrepreneurship, startups, venture capital, business strategy, management, marketing, social media, technology
Doesn't Cover: business books, business tips, mompreneurs, tech reviews

Writer. Previously @Inc. I like to tweet interesting links on business, music, sports and TV/film. Opinions and witticisms all mine.

April Joyner's Biography

April Joyner is a journalist who writes about business, technology, and culture. Previously, she was a senior reporter at Inc. magazine. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

April is a 2007 graduate of Yale University, where she majored in English, and the Columbia Publishing Course. Prior to working at Inc., she blogged and wrote features for FastCompany.com.

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Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes. I had a kiddie typewriter when I was little.

How is social media changing news?

It's revealing how the sausage is made.

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Jon Gosier: Spreading the Wealth

ozy.com — Jon Gosier is one of those well-to-do tech entrepreneurs you may have never heard of. That might be because he made his money heading not to Silicon Valley, but to Uganda. It's there that he was introduced to angel investing, a sort of financial backing used to help startups or small companies get going that typically has a warm and friendly vibe.
Jul 03, 2015

@afrolicious But opening up investing could be a boon long-term. Relatedly, I've written about what @jongos is doing: ozy.com/rising-stars/j…

The Belt Buckle That Helps You Lose Weight

ozy.com — Ever feel like you've overdone it at the buffet table ... to the point you find yourself trying to discreetly unbutton your pants? One company has a solution that works with your pants. Meet Belty, a belt whose buckle loosens and tightens according to its wearer's movements.
May 11, 2015

Also, fresh today: can Belty, the surprise CES hit by @emiota, help you lose weight? bit.ly/1F210b3

Jackie Robinson, Business Pioneer

ozy.com — The story of how Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier is a familiar one. A white businessman, eager to make a splash and bolster business, recruits Robinson to join his organization. They make a handshake deal, kept under wraps for months.
May 11, 2015

My latest for @ozy: how Jackie Robinson was a pioneer off the baseball field. ozy.com/flashback/jack…

May 19, 2015

Catching up on reading & just saw that my Jackie Robinson piece ozy.com/flashback/jack… was in this week's #HRDlist. Thanks @xHRDCVRx!

Launching a startup on your employer's dime

usatoday.com — Jeremy Kratz was working as a freelance Web developer in Little Rock, Arkansas, when he joined a Chicago-based software consulting company called We Are Mammoth. But he wasn't hired to be just a rank-and-file employee; soon enough, he was helping to lead an entire business - a bug-tracking software company called DoneDone, founded by We Are Mammoth employees.

The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM

ajoyner.tumblr.com — I think this piece is applicable to fields beyond tech. This part especially resonated with me:Our new study uncovered a fifth pattern of bias that seems to apply mainly to black and Latina women.
Mar 27, 2015

So @harvardbiz had a good piece on biases v. women in tech. My quick thoughts, re: black & Latina women: tmblr.co/Z9Hn7y1gtl7xW

Futurist, Death Nurse + Other Savvy Career Moves

Jan 20, 2015

Death nurses, fracking landscapers, and other hot jobs you never thought of. ozy.com/fast-forward/f…

Small retailers jump on the subscription box bandwagon

mprnews.org — For three years, Erin Maynard ran a store called The Geeky Cauldron out of her home in Phoenix. On the online artisan marketplace Etsy, she sold jewelry inspired by themes from popular books, films and TV shows: think vampires and wizards.

Small Retailers Jump On The Subscription Box Bandwagon

wnyc.org — For three years, Erin Maynard ran a store called The Geeky Cauldron out of her home in Phoenix. On the online artisan marketplace Etsy, she sold jewelry inspired by themes from popular books, films and TV shows: think vampires and wizards.

Small Retailers Jump On The Subscription Box Bandwagon

npr.org — For three years, Erin Maynard ran a store called The Geeky Cauldron out of her home in Phoenix. On the online artisan marketplace Etsy, she sold jewelry inspired by themes from popular books, films and TV shows: think vampires and wizards.

Big Data: Coming Soon to Your Bra?

Oct 16, 2014

Also, re: "our training staff wanted to buy this sophisticated computer software that would let them scan our bodies" one.ozy.com/fast-forward/b…

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Jul 31, 2015

@JamilSmith Relatively minor point, but: "It’s hard to think of a more innocent name than Cecil." Uh, like Cecil Rhodes?

Jul 31, 2015

RT @MikeIsaac: really cogent, clear-eyed look at digital music economics, and the fuzziness around the math nytimes.com/2015/08/02/opi… pic.twitter.com/gvU4XnonJv

Jul 31, 2015

@nxthompson @NewYorker Enjoyed reading this. I was told bananas are helpful—I always ate them before orchestra auditions in high school!

Jul 31, 2015

On ripoffs & black-owned business: “Remember that nobody complains about the high prices of these French labels.” theroot.com/blogs/the_grap…

Jul 31, 2015

RT @ForbesTech: Venture firm First Round Capital found that its female founders are outshining the men: onforb.es/1OC4Jzf pic.twitter.com/cLZ1Dxc6Xm



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