Cat Zakrzewski

Cat Zakrzewski

Cat Zakrzewski is a multimedia journalist currently pursuing a degree from Northwestern University. Enrolled in the Medill School of Journalism, she plans to graduate with a double major in journalism and international studies as well as a minor in political science in 2015.

Cat has worked for Medill News Service in Washington, The Chicago Sun-Times, Northwestern Magazine, and she served as a Fall 2013 College Correspondent for USA TODAY.

Cat is originally from Ambler, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.

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  • Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

    Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

    After eight years of studying best practices for expanding a business, a pair of Stanford professors are scaling up the size of their classroom with their first foray into massive open online courses (MOOC). Huggy Rao and Robert Sutton, the authors of “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling For Less,” will bring the lessons they learned from their research to… Read More

  • Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

    Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

    When adults are struggling to remember all of their passwords, how can second graders? After launching to provide a common API for K-12 education two years ago, Clever wants to help instructors teach more and worry about resetting students’ forgotten passwords less. The education technology company recently launched a feature that will allow students to use a single sign on to all of… Read More

  • YC’s BillForward Wants To Change The Way You’re Charged For Subscriptions

    YC’s BillForward Wants To Change The Way You’re Charged For Subscriptions

    Amazon Prime, Netflix, utilities, the New York Times, HBO Go, the gym… When you stop and think about all the subscriptions you have, the list probably is a bit longer than you thought. But even as more subscription services become available, from ride shares to make up kits, it seems companies still offer customers limited subscription options due to constraints with their billing systems. Read More

  • Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto

    Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto

    Downtown wants to change the way you order and pay for food, starting with its launch today at the Palo Alto’s Coupa Cafe, a common startup meeting spot.  Although it’s easy to make online purchases or order food on your phone for delivery, the way you pay for a meal when you’re inside a restaurant has relatively stayed the same. But with its iOS app that launched… Read More

  • Facebook Hosts First Hackathon For Female Veterans

    Facebook Hosts First Hackathon For Female Veterans

    There are dozens of hackathons in Silicon Valley every month, but on Monday Facebook hosted one with a twist. Rather than the college-aged brogrammers that usually dominate the coding marathons, female veterans were the only participants at the first Women Vets in Tech event. About 30 female veterans participated in the hackathon, pitching a variety of ideas from Bohdi therapies, an app… Read More

  • NSA Created Search Engine Tool To Share Communication Records With Government Agencies

    NSA Created Search Engine Tool To Share Communication Records With Government Agencies

    A set of classified documents published by The Intercept on Monday shows how the National Security Agency (NSA) makes more than 850 billion records about various forms of communications available to other U.S. governmental agencies through a portal similar in look and feel to a traditional web search engine. The search tool, called ICREACH, provides access to all communications… Read More

  • Most U.S. Businesses Don’t Know They Were Caught Up In Massive Cyberattack

    Most U.S. Businesses Don’t Know They Were Caught Up In Massive Cyberattack

    Is your payment information safe? It’s hard to know, considering many companies hit by the same cyberattack that hit Target don’t even know it. According to a New York Times report published Friday, more than 1,000 businesses, including Supervalu and United Parcel Service (UPS), were caught up in a breach affecting in-store cash register systems. The Department of Homeland… Read More

  • Mobile Verification Service Zumigo Closes $6 Million Series B Round Led By Intel Capital

    Mobile Verification Service Zumigo Closes $6 Million Series B Round Led By Intel Capital

    Mobile device and location verification service Zumigo closed a Series B funding round led by Intel Capital on Friday, reporting it raised $6 million. Zumigo wants to take the password out of the authentication process. Using the location of your phone, Zumigo can identify whether you’ve made a financial transaction based on the proximity of your phone to the source of the exchange. Read More

  • Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    In an eleventh hour attempt to save its business following the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was illegal, Aereo changed its tune and claimed to be a cable provider in a court filing last month. But the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals isn’t hearing it. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the court denied the company’s request to reconsider the case, classifying the… Read More

  • Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

    Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

    Indiegogo reported 33 percent of its tech employees are female, a relatively higher percentage than other companies that have recently released diversity reports. In comparison, Twitter’s tech employees are 10 percent female, and those numbers are only slightly better at Snapchat (about 15 percent), Facebook (15 percent) and Google (17 percent). Both Pinterest and eBay both reported… Read More

  • Product Hunt Raises $1 Million, Launches iOS App For Hunting On The Go

    Product Hunt Raises $1 Million, Launches iOS App For Hunting On The Go

    Product Hunt on Thursday announced it raised a seed funding round of $1 million and launched its iOS app. The social network for tech products gained buzz earlier this summer as prominent investors, founders and reporters began to use the website to look out for the next hot startup. In addition to the $120,000 Product Hunt announced it raised from Y Combinator, Product Hunt founder Ryan… Read More

  • Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

    Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

    Mikey Dickerson, the engineer credited with saving the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, moved into the White House earlier this month to lead the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS). But just because he’s working a few steps from the Oval Office, Dickerson said he won’t be changing his style. “People are putting up with me walking around [Executive Office Building] and the… Read More

  • Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services

    Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services

    Wells Fargo on Wednesday announced the launch of its first accelerator program, which will provide funding and mentorship to young companies aiming to pioneer new financial services technology. The bank will guide three startups in its inaugural class, offering them mentorship in an attempt to prepare them to one day serve as vendors. Each company receives between $50,000 and $500,000… Read More

  • Former Obama Campaign Manager To Lead Uber’s Political Crusade

    Former Obama Campaign Manager To Lead Uber’s Political Crusade

    After taking Obama to the White House in 2008, David Plouffe will lead Uber’s campaign to bring its driving services to new cities. Uber hired Obama’s former adviser and campaign manager to direct the company’s global policy and political activities, communications and branding efforts. The company has reportedly been looking to hire a top political strategist since earlier… Read More

  • YC-Backed Ravti Wants To Digitize The HVAC Industry

    YC-Backed Ravti Wants To Digitize The HVAC Industry

    Ravti co-founder Alex Rangel walked into TechCrunch with a stack of crumpled yellow slips in his hand. “This is what the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning industry still looks like,” he said, showing me a stack of papers with unintelligible scrawl. But Rangel and his co-founder Chris Ginter want to make managing HVAC units easier for property owners by marking equipment… Read More

  • Y Combinator’s Doblet Plans To Be Everywhere Your Phone Charger Isn’t

    Y Combinator’s Doblet Plans To Be Everywhere Your Phone Charger Isn’t

    We’ve all been there. You’ve been out all day and suddenly that low battery alert pops up on your phone. If you’re lucky, the bar you’re at might have the right charger for your phone behind the counter. If you’re not, you’re walking or taking the bus instead of calling a car service. But with Y Combinator-backed Doblet, you might be able to get a charge… Read More

  • FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period

    FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Friday it would extend the net neutrality reply comment period from September 10 to September 15. The commission has already received more than 1.1 million comments, which it released to the public last week. That is the largest number of comments the FCC has ever received, with the exception of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe… Read More

  • Uber To Test Moving Services In Atlanta, Nashville

    Uber To Test Moving Services In Atlanta, Nashville

    Earlier this summer, we saw Uber experiment with UberRUSH, a courier service in New York City. The car service seems to be testing the waters for another service, announcing it will move Atlanta college students and Nashville residents this weekend. Read More

  • YC-Backed Naytev Enhances Social Media Shares To Drive Website Traffic

    YC-Backed Naytev Enhances Social Media Shares To Drive Website Traffic

    Digital publishers are increasingly reliant on content shared with social networks like Facebook and Twitter to drive readers to their sites. Naytev hopes to optimize the way content is shared by A/B testing headlines and images that make their way to those networks. The Y Combinator startup helps digital publishers increase their traffic and engagement by improving the content that readers… Read More

  • Bumped From Your Hotel? WalkSource Aims To Find You A Free Room Fast

    Bumped From Your Hotel? WalkSource Aims To Find You A Free Room Fast

    You’re probably familiar with getting bumped from a flight. But have you ever been “walked” from a hotel? Like airlines, hotels book more reservations than they can accommodate to ensure they are always operating at maximum capacity. But sometimes they overbook and have to “walk” their customers — transfer them to another hotel. When Brett Leonard was… Read More

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