© Copyright 2012 — Skylar Bergl
Email: skylarbergl [at] gmail
— My first feature byline: Companies no longer develop big projects in house. Instead they buy up smaller companies and apply their technology.
— Microsoft vs. Apple at its peak right here.
— Mapmaking isn’t on old scrolls anymore.
— How the analytics company is turning jocks into geeks with motion tracking cameras.
— The jeans giant dishes on how it keeps things sustainable at a large scale.
— How the authority in Sports Authority is shaking things up for the future.
— The Hudson Yards is an ambitious development on Manhattan’s West Side. Take a look and how it’s being built.
— Automotion’s robotic parking systems are coming to a lot near you.
— Contributed reporting for this 20 years of SXSWi Oral History.
— The Admiral is off the court now and building a business empire.
— Reddit’s cofounder spurns phone calls with a passion. Find out why.
— eBay’s VP of Innovation runs his department like a venture firm and never stops communicating.
— The fall of MyOpenID in the world of online logins.
— Three DIY kits for the builder in you.
— From the 2013 Holiday party guide: the coolest ways to clean up.
— From the 2013 Holiday party guide: smart, chic games for entertaining your guests.
— See the process behind crafting a campaign for a company in an innovative arena.
— Contributed reporting to this Oral History with former Apple staffers, focusing mostly on retail.
— A brief conversation with Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp about how Pinterest focuses on design first.
— Why design at a hospitality company means more than you think it does.
— A look at the awful state of smartphone keyboards and the best ways to fix them.
— Stacy Spikes brings the Netflix model to the theaters with MoviePass
— Hamid Hashemi and iPic are classing up the moviegoing experience.
— Cameron Robertson’s Lockitron was kicked off Kickstarter. So he did things himself.
— I interviewed writer Shea Serrano, whose new book is an activity book filled with rappers
— A speculative look at how Yahoo’s acquiring Tumblr could potentially cause roadblocks in the popular Tumblr book arena
— Mike Del Ponte’s innovative water filter makes you less ashamed of the plastic jug in your refrigerator
— A short list of all the times the Postal Service has attempted reform, but been shut down
— By starting in developing countries, Mozilla wants to bring smartphones to people who don’t have access to them
— Danielle Sacks and I spoke to companies collaborating with J.Crew to get their insights on what it takes and how they did it
— Who do you want on your panel? Single fathers? Journalists? The Anti-Mark Zuckerberg?
— The former MIT student’s foray into VRcodes could make for new opportunities in the world of interactivity
— A short look at Tesla Motors, No. 22 on our list of Most Innovative Companies
— An infographic comparing the functions and capacity of our No. 39 company, Evernote, and the human brain
— Breaking down the funding, location and areas of expertise of AngelList, an online venture capital website and No. 47 company on our list
— Looking at No. 50 Tumblr’s migration to ads and paid content by comparing the most popular content providers on the platform.
— About Wallaby, a credit card that analyzes the perks of all your credit cards and decides statistically which card to put the purchase on.
— Covering a project to build the first real Tumblr analytics platform by Derrick Bradley at Undercurrent in New York
— A piece about the lucrative naming rights business and some of the strangest things to get corporate sponsorship.
— A look at a sleek, mobile kitchen unit designed by Italian designer Elia Mangia. For FastCoDesign
— A short story about an infographic designed by an English graphic designer that plotted the spread of last names by their popularity. For FastCoDesign
— A look at 94Fify’s basketball that can measure a variety of in-game metrics to help players improve their game.
— I tracked down several different kinds of milk, including the superfood de jour camel milk, to do a taste test
— Profiling a Kickstarter project looking to fund a sustainable fish tank garden for the kitchen
— Looking at a new life clip sharing app, Lightt
— When Google released photos of their global data centers, we took a look at the design behind the search giant
— Van Bo Le-Mentzal designed a one-square-meter house as a project to get people thinking about how they use their personal space
— A slideshow regarding a modern air purifier you can hang in your home that uses the greenhouse effect to clean the air
— A slideshow about the Chateau d’Eau in Belgium that is a converted water tower apartment
— A slideshow covering a futuristic and sustainable new way to layout suburban areas of major metropolitan cities
— A highly successful slideshow showcasing some of the strangest pools around the globe
— An interview with Astronaut Harrison Schmitt regarding a recent scientific simulation
— About the planing and construction of a green/electric highway along the West Coast
— The possibility of sand damaging your Kindle
— A story about vintage workwear/menswear store Greenwich Vintage in Minneapolis, MN
— A feature on The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, including an interview with lead singer, Kip Berman
To download a PDF of my resume, click here
Fast Company // New York, NY // May 2013 to Present
Manage interns in fact-checking process; provide supplementary reporting for feature stories; do research for sidebars; write front-of-book pieces for print; pitch and write web stories.
Fast Company // New York, NY // May 2012 to May 2013
Responsible for fact-checking print stories; contacted sources to confirm accuracy of quotes, facts and statistics; brainstorm and pitch stories; write stories.
Des Moines, IA / September 2011 to December 2011
Oversaw the production of iPad magazine; managed staff; utilized MagPlus publishing software; researched and edited magazine; wrote feature story; coordinated staff meetings; assigned stories to writers; managed workflow.
Des Moines, IA / September 2011 to Present
Manage reader response and interaction; create quizzes; assist in recipe assessment and pricing; maintain Recipe.com Mixing Bowl group; complete user-testing for Meredith mobile apps.
New York, NY / May 2011 to August 2011
Formatted and produced stories for the Popular Mechanics website; worked extensively with Magnus CMS; wrote stories; interviewed subjects and transcribed interviews; maintained community section.
Des Moines, IA / November 2010 to January 2012
Wrote weekly album reviews; communicated with editor and other writers using staff messageboard; assisted with yearly lists.
Downers Grove, IL / June 2010 to August 2010
Wrote articles for print and online editions of newspaper; attended editors meetings; interviewed subjects for stories.
Des Moines, IA / June 2010 to August 2010
Manage the Twitter and Facebook Feeds for music venue, Vaudeville Mews; format and distribute wekly email newsletter; research bands for shows.
Meredith Corporation at More.com
Urban Plains Magazine Spring 2011
Yellowbrick Music Press
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Magazine Journalism major
Graduation date: May 2012
Basic: Mac OS X, Microsoft Office.
Creative: Adobe Photoshop, inDesign and Illustrator, Photography (film and digital) and photo editing.
Technical: HTML, CSS, SEO, Google Analytics, Omniture. CMS: Magnus, Drupal, WordPress and Tumblr, Basecamp.
Other: Avid social media user and blogger.