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SAVANNAH -- When you're used to big-city connectivity, the spottiness of road bandwidth can drive a reporter nuts. There you are, barreling along on I-85, trying to upload some audio, and you realize you don't have access to a cellular data network. Or you do, then you don't, then you do, then you don't.

StartupNationbug.pngSo, fresh off the often-rural drive through South Carolina from Durham to Savannah, I was open to Murel Sharpe's pitch for her company Evoca. The service sends any voice recording to the cloud. You dial a number, record your message, and Evoca stores an MP3 of the audio on the Internet. Evoca has lots of competitors (including two I've used, Audioboo and Soundcloud), but I really like the way they tie the all-over cellular voice networks into the Internet. They put the bandwidth burden on themselves, which is mighty useful when the pipe you've got is small.


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The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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