We just found this little gem of a piece in the New York Times telling the historical tale of the matchbook, dating all the way back to 1892. We love a guy that solves a problem and rumor has it that Joshua Pusey, lawyer and inventor, created the matchbook because a box of wooden matches was simply too “bulky and awkward to carry around.”Read the article.
[ Illustration by Andrea Manzati, courtesy of the New York Times ]
My name is Gemma and I am Matchbook’s newest addition. I’m thrilled to be here and want to tell you a little about me, a little about what I’ll be doing, and most importantly a little about what is coming up with the app.
My Matchbook journey began just over a year ago when I saw the team launch at the New York Tech Meetup. At the time I was sans-iPhone and when I upgraded from my Blackberry a few months later, Matchbook had made such an impact that it was among the first apps I downloaded.
Fast-forward 13 months and I found myself sitting in a bar chatting with Jason, Matchbook’s founder, about how I use the app, what I like, and what I wish for. It turns out, sitting down to talk with users is a big part of how things are done at Matchbook. Our continued conversations evolved into an opportunity for me to join Matchbook, and here I am. Who doesn’t love a bit of serendipity in their lives?
Over the last 18 or so months the team here has been hard at work building an amazing product for us all. My job here is pretty pin-point — to get more people saving the places they want to remember. For those of you who already love Matchbook, I’ll be sharing tips, new features and maybe an anecdote or two to help you get the most out of it. It really is a nifty life tool that has allowed me to be more curious, organized and spontaneous.
Very soon we are releasing an app update with many of the features you have been requesting. Keep an eye out for that little update icon — we promise, it will be worth it.
The number of matchbookers around the world is pretty impressive. We have people from the US, UK, Canada, China, Australia, Germany, Japan, Brazil and even Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and the Philippines! It a great tool for matchbooking the places you want to visit on your holiday, so it’s no wonder we’re global. Proud as punch.
On a more personal note, I’m originally from Australia so please don’t hold it against me if I occasionally use a word you don’t understand. Just let me know and I’ll give you a humorous tale to explain what it means.
You may have noticed that I’m fond of a bit of a story. Send me yours. I like to talk and write, but I love to listen. You can reach me at gemma AT matchbookit.com.
— Gemma is Matchbook’s Head of Marketing.