March 26th, 2009 15:37 EST
Parker Barrile and The Italian American Oprah Make Their American Idol Predictions
Parker Barrile drives company strategy and leads strategic partnerships and business operations at Predictify. Prior to founding Predictify, Parker was a business project manager at Google, where he led several strategic and operational initiatives to help the company transition from search startup to a global technology company. Before joining Google , Parker was a consultant at Bain & Company. Parker holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BS in Mathematics from Stanford University.
Predictify is a prediction platform that adds an interactive, forward-looking dimension to the news. You can read a news story, make a prediction on the topic, and have a discussion with other users all in one visit. Unlike a poll, we score every prediction against the actual outcome, so you can build a reputation over time based on the accuracy of your predictions. It`s like fantasy sports for everything else.
Predictify also pairs well with content. Since launch, we`ve partnered with several major media companies to make their coverage more interactive, including the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of blogs.
There are no display ads on Predictify. Instead, we offer sponsored questions for marketers who want to create highly-engaging advertising experiences. We charge advertisers $1 per prediction, and we share a portion of that fee with you, the predictors, based on your accuracy to encourage thoughtful participation and high-quality predictions (tell me more). Best of all, it`s free - no points or bets required.
So if you`re looking for a fun, interactive way to engage in the news and perhaps make a little money, you`ve come to the right place. Click a category tab above to get started!
Predictify was founded in 2007 by Parker Barrile, a former business project manager at Google, and Mike Agnich, a former tech lead at Zazzle, who met as students in the Stanford MBA program. The company has raised more than $4.8 million in funding from Sierra Ventures and Sherpalo Ventures and is based in Redwood City, CA.
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