• Hi. I'm Michael Sitver

    I help a lot of people solve small problems. I created Morning Short, CommuteKit, and lots of other things. I also contribute to HuffPo on occasion.

     

    I'm passionate about education, tech, and politics. To get in touch, Email me here.

     

    Scroll down to read about my projects, my education, my writing and more.

  • Education

    University of Chicago

    October 2015 - June 2019

    Studying political science.

    Campus Communications Director: College Republicans.

    Member: Chicago Innovation Exchange.

    Active in campus politics: I've spoken with or studied with Nancy Pelosi, Ray Lahood, Elliot Spitzer, Jessica Yellin, and Marco Rubio, amongst others, since I arrived on campus.

    Weston High School

    Graduated 2015.

    Business Manager: Weston High School Journal

    Member: Indoor track, Golf teams.

    Team-member: Builders Beyond Borders (B3).

  • Awards

    Recent honors and awards

    2017 UncommonHacks Finalist

    One of six teams chosen to present. Built a web-connected smart robot for drawing in zen gardn.

    2016 Book Podcast of the year

    Awarded by Otto Radio

    2015 First-Citizen Young Entrepreneur Award

    Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce

    2015 HackGenY Finalist

    One of the top nine teams out of over 80 teams and 300+ competitors in a global hackathon.

    2015 Intellectual Risk-taking Award

    Weston High School

    2015 AP Scholar With Distinction

    National Honor Society

    President’s Volunteer Service Award

    National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist.

  • I love building things that solve problems.

    Here are a few of the most successful of the many things I've built.

  • Over 8,000 signups in one month.

    A product with traction.

    I focused on producing a great daily newsletter, and the internet responded accordingly. Over 1,000 people signed up in the first 24 hours, and over 8,000 people signed up in our first month in existence.

    Rave Reviews

    Readers love us.

    “I got the first story today, and wow. It was riveting, thought-provoking, and a bit saddening. It's a great idea for a newsletter (I write a few myself) and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's story. ”

    - Nick Frost, Editor of Mattermark Daily

     

    "I've got my team onto your service and they LOVE it!...For the first time in over 20 years, I am able to justify taking a little time out to enjoy fiction"

    - Cat Milton, Blogger

    Partnerships with brands, publishers, and authors

    Making partnerships to jumpstart growth.

    Turning a free product into a business is one of the great challenges of media. I've addressed it by partnering with great brands such as Strikingly.com, offering access to my audience, in return for capital to grow.

     

    I've also partnered with authors and publishers to make exclusive, or difficult-to-license stories free for the first time ever.

  • Featured by Lifehacker, Robert Scoble, and more.

    Commuters loved Commute Kit from week 1, and so did the press.

     

    Legendary blogger Robert Scoble said it was a "Great list of stuff for your commute". Kristin Wong of Lifehacker called it "useful... if you’re looking for something to get hooked on during your commute."

    Over 15,000 Visitors in one week.

    Commute Kit launched on Product Hunt, and received over 279 upvotes, hundreds of shares, and drove thousands of pageviews to curated products.

    Rave reviews

    "Really impressed by CommuteKit, which aims to make your travel time more productive"

    - Sarah Kauffman, Expert in transportation innovation

  • My writing

    Huffington Post

    Contributor

    As a contributor to Huffington Post, I've published two stories so far. Both have been shared more than 4,000 times each.

    The App Store Chronicle

    Founder. November 2011 - May 2015

    In the fall of 2011 I created a technology blog, and I wrote daily on groundbreaking technology for over a year straight.

     

    I wrote over 800 articles in the time I ran The App Store Chronicle, including exclusive interviews with luminaries such as Walt Mossberg, Brad Stone, and Jaan Tallinn.

     

    I handled monetization, design, and growth singlehandedly, and I brought in over 1 million ad impressions and built a social following over 10,000.

    Geeky.io

    Founder. May-July 2015

    I built Geeky as an experiment in media and quick growth. I started with open-source foundations, and designed the site with specific conversion goals in mind. Using analytics, user-testing, and heatmapping tools I refined the design, and brought in 70,000 visits by the second month.

     

    Once I'd answered the questions I'd set out to answer, I moved on to other projects. 

    The Street

    Contributor

    I wrote three opinion pieces on tech investing for TheStreet.com, the finance blog founded by Jim Cramer, and syndicated by CNBC. Topics included: Apple, driverless cars, and Sony.

    Seeking Alpha

    Contributor

    I wrote two articles on investing for Seeking Alpha, one of the top online financial publications in the U.S. One discussed Blackberry's (at the time) new operating system, and the trouble they had attracting developers. The other discussed Microsoft's challenges in adapting to the mobile era.

    Being Libertarian

    Journalist

    I joined BeingLibertarian in early 2016 to help them in covering the 2016 Presidential Election, and related political news.

  • Other Press

    Mentions or quotes in the media.

    CommuteKit was featured in Lifehacker, one of the most followed lifestyle publications in the world.

    I was featured on WaPo for an article I wrote about free speech.

    This article was syndicated by the Associated Press to newspapers around the world. I was featured as an expert in 3D printing technology (a subject I wrote a short ebook on).

    FiveThirtyEight

    An article I wrote on 3D printing was cited by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight

    I was featured on Breitbart for an article I wrote about free speech.

    CommuteKit was also featured in Social Media Week.

    An article I wrote on online privacy was cited in a Univision digital trend report.

    A brief article on an entrepreneurship award I won (Westport Now).

    Others

    My writing has also been quoted in Fox News, The Daily Signal, Vice and Heat Street.

  • My Jobs

    Office of the Lt. Governor of Illinois, Chicago IL –– Communications Intern

    June 2016 - Aug 2016

    Wrote over a dozen speeches for Lt. Governor Sanguinetti and Governor Rauner. Also wrote press releases, reports, and research memos for senior staff. Studied the challenges of rural life, and the intricacies of the Illinois criminal justice system.

    Himes For Congress, Norwalk, CT –– Campaign Intern

    August 2012 - November 2014

    Worked for two cycles with key staff to re-elect Congressman Jim Himes to two more terms. Contacted thousands of voters, worked on social media and writing assignments, and helped to manage expenses. My legs can also be seen in one television ad.

    Finch For Mayor, Bridgeport, CT –– Campaign Intern

    June 2011 - November 2011

    Worked side by side with campaign team, volunteers, and community leaders to help elect Mayor Finch to another term.