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StartupNationbug.png You know those buzzers that big restaurants use to tell people that their table is ready? Well, they'll be obsolete in a few years if Stephanie Harris and Roderick Frizzelle, the co-founders of iBuzzn, have their way. They're building a tool that lets restaurants just text you when your table is ready, and developing a customer relationship management tool for food businesses around that. Harris is the company's visionary, as Frizelle likes to call her, while he's developing the actual software. They're working out of the city of Durham's Startup Stampede offices while they prepare to beta the app.


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The New York Observer has called 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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