The Trint Story

Mark Boas and Jeff Kofman met at the Mozfest conference in London in 2013. Mark and developers Laurian Gridinoc and Mark Panaghiston were previewing technology that synced text to an audio/video player. Jeff was astonished by the genius and simplicity of their innovation. He wondered aloud whether it would work with automated-speech-to-text.

Trint was born in December, 2014 when Jeff, Mark, Mark and Laurian sequestered themselves in an AirBnB in Florence, Italy. They plotted out the scope of their project and planned the execution. It took more than a year of experimenting to get it right.

Trint founders

The original four in 2014 in Florence, Italy: Mark Panaghiston, Laurian Gridinoc, Jeff Kofman, Mark Boas

I felt like I was seeing the future, and either we teamed up to build it or one day very soon someone else would do it.Jeff Kofman

Trint's solution is so original that in the spring of 2016 Trint won a grant from the Google Digital News Initiative to support the next phase of innovation. In June 2016 Trint won Startup of the Year from the Global Editors Network. Trint has also received investment from the Knight Foundation’s Enterprise Fund, supporting cutting-edge innovation in journalism. This is just the beginning of our story ...

Where does the name 'Trint' come from?

Trint is a word we invented, the combination of "transcription" and "interview." We like to use it as a noun ("Let’s check the Trint") and a verb ("Let’s Trint it"). It’s not in the dictionary – at least not yet.

Meet the team

Jeff Kofman

Jeff Kofman

CEO & Co-founder

Jeff is an Emmy-winning foreign & war correspondent and a veteran reporter with ABC, CBS and CBC News. He has reported on many of the biggest stories of our time including the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and the Arab Spring. In his three decades in journalism Jeff has transcribed thousands of hours interviews, speeches, news conferences. He knows all too well the problem that Trint solves.

Mark Boas

Mark Boas

CTO & Co-founder

With an M.Sc. in Knowledge Based Systems, Mark dedicated years to stitching text seamlessly to audio: for the first time, anyone could search and edit audio as they would a text file. Mark is a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow. He is co-founder of Happyworm and co-creator of hyperaud.io and jPlayer, a widely-used open source audio and video framework. Mark is dedicated to making web media innovation accessible.

Jason Ricks

Jason Ricks

Chief Revenue Officer

Jason joined the team mid-summer of 2016 to launch Trint on a global scale. With detailed business intelligence he listens to the market to turn our innovation efforts into on-going customer value. Founder of Vidify, an innovative online video company, Jason is a C-level Commercial Director with experience in fast growth digital business.

Hannah Skilton

Hannah Skilton

Marketing Manager

Joining the team in January of 2016, Hannah oversees our brand strategy and manages all touchpoints (such as this website!) to ensure a consistent brand throughout. With a focus on data and artificial intelligence in SaaS, she has worked with WPP, Emarsys and startups alike to maximize return from commercial investment.

Laurian Gridinoc

Laurian Gridinoc

Senior Developer - Full Stack

With an MBBS BSc Medicine and an MSc in Computational Linguistics, Laurian has a deep understanding of web architecture. He is a Knight-Mozilla fellow and has worked for major media brands including the BBC and Al Jazeera.

Piotr Fedorczyk

Piotr Fedorczyk

UX Designer & UI Developer

A specialist in information architecture, interaction design and interface development. Piotr successfully launched editorial websites, data visualisations and complex media applications for a variety of clients including news organisations such as NZZ and Al Jazeera.

Mark Panaghiston

Mark Panaghiston

Senior Developer – Front-End

With a B Eng Micro Electronics, Mark’s expertise sits with web media development. He is author of jPlayer – the popular audio and video framework. Mark is founder and developer of Happyworm Ltd – a web development agency established in 2001.

Norman Khine

Norman Khine

Dev Ops Engineer

A seasoned system adminstrator with deep knowledge of IT systems and highly scalable distributed applications. Norman has a Bachelors degree in Energy Engineering and worked at École des mines d’Alès.

Euan Ramsay

Euan Ramsay

Support Associate

A Politics graduate, Euan has previously worked in the Private Equity sector, with both SME's and development organisations. Euan is currently overseeing our Support Team, manning our Zendesk and AgileCRM platforms.

Irina Mugford

Irina Mugford

Digital Marketing Associate

With an MA in Creative and Media Enterprises, Irina has previously worked in both in-house and agency based digital marketing roles, helping businesses achieve their full potential online. She is now assisting Trint in its digital marketing as well as overseeing analytics and reporting.

Sam Gould

Sam Gould

Trint-Cisco Apprentice

Sam is part of Cisco UK's highly competitive three-year apprenticeship training program working towards a BSc in Digital & Technology solutions. He studied business, history and physics to A‑level standard. Sam will be working with the Support and Marketing teams at Trint.

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