Jeff Kofman is an entrepreneur and our Captain, but he’s a journalist at heart. Emmy-winning foreign and war correspondent and reporter (ABC, CBS, and CBC News), Jeff knows the inherent need for what we produce for you - and more importantly, why we do it. He’s lived your pain. And he’s passionate to change things. It’s this passion that makes him and his team get up with joy every morning to make sure that the Trint platform is the best it can be for you. We don’t always get it right first time, sometimes we even go a bit buggy. But we don’t stop caring. And we definitely don’t stop moving.
Trint is Jeff’s baby. A baby, born out of a vision he had in 2013 when working as ABC‘s London News Correspondent. It was there he met co-founder, Mark Boas, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow and founding developers, Laurian Gridinoc and Mark Panaghiston at Mozfest, an annual coding conference. The technology they were previewing - the ability to sync text to an audio/video player - bowled Jeff over with its simplicity and yet genius innovation, leading to his lightbulb moment: “Wouldn’t this work with automated transcription software?” The rest, as they say, is history (well, it’s actually the hard graft of nearly two years initially involving four guys, an AirBnB in Florence, hours of research calls, prototypes, a lot of sweat, more prototypes and a lot more sweat). Now, we’re over 20 folk strong and about to release our version of the platform - wow.