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Modern Parenting
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July 19, 2019
How Jiobit helps families

Read the heartwarming stories of how Alicia and Sarah use Jiobit for their families. Alicia describes Lilly as fun loving and independent. When you meet her you’re immediately drawn to her contagious energy. She has autism level 2 which can sometimes result in her losing focus and wandering off. Sarah, describes Cohen as her little ninja because of his tendency to escape and wander.

Child Safety
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June 14, 2019
From MickeyBlog: 5 Safety Tips For Your Disney Trip

Mickey Travels is an authorized Disney vacation planner. Their expertise extends well beyond just booking the hotels, flights, and attractions. On their blog they share tips on how to have the best vacation possible, including safety tips when traveling to unfamiliar places with the kiddos. Included in their safety suggestions is Jiobit. Find out what they said about it.

Child Safety
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June 14, 2019
A Day At Disney With Jiobit

Mikaela J, lifestyle and travel blogger, and mom of 2 shares her experience with Jiobit. She and her family live in Orlando and have season passes to Disney World - they're very familiar with the park yet still worry about losing track of the kiddos in such a crowded place. Jiobit took a lot of that anxiety away.

Jiobit Stories
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June 14, 2019
Jiobit makes me feel like a Supermom!

We are spotlighting one of our Jiobit parents who shares who story about how Jiobit is making life just a little bit easier. Definitely check out her story.

Modern Parenting
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June 5, 2019
3 Reasons You Need Jiobit This Summer

School is out and so is your normal schedule. Here are 3 reasons why Jiobit will help you have a fun but worry-free summer.

Child Safety
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May 14, 2019
From CNBC: This tracker tells parents when their kids are straying from safe places

Check out CNBC editor, Lora Kolodny’s interview with Jiobit CEO and live demo of the location monitor.

Modern Parenting
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May 6, 2019
The Best Mothers Day Gift

This Mother’s Day we’re supporting all moms in the decisions they make for their families. We recognize that what works for one family may not work for another. Bottom line is that we’re all doing our best. Check out some confessions from a real parent and feel empowered to share your own.

Modern Parenting
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May 7, 2019
US Weekly: The Best Mother's Day Buys

Here are some tips on what to do and not do for Mother's Day this year. A must do is to check out US Weekly's Mother's Day gift guide. Jiobit comes in at #2 on their list!

Jiobit Stories
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April 23, 2019
Josh’s Story

Karen is the primary caregiver for her 26-year-old son Josh who has developmental delays. She uses Jiobit to make sure he’s safe and keep track of him when he’s with different caregivers.

Jiobit Stories
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April 11, 2019
Leo's Story

Leo is an animal loving 9-year old boy. He is autistic with limited communication and a tendency to wander, which of course is very worrisome for his parents. Here what his mom Angel has to say.

Jiobit Stories
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April 11, 2019
The Trautwein Family

Alicia Trautwein has 4 kids, 3 of which are on the autism spectrum. She is the founder of The Mom Kind, an autism parenting website where parents can get advice and support. She recently invited us into her home and shared a little about her journey with autism.

Jiobit Stories
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May 2, 2019
Lilly’s Story

Every parent wishes for their kids to develop independence - that is until it leaves the parent in a complete panic. This is what happened when Alicia’s daughter Lilly decided to leave the house without telling anyone.

Jiobit Stories
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April 11, 2019
Cohen’s Story

Imagine how you’d feel after receiving a call letting you know that your son, who you believed was at home safe, was in fact 5 miles away dodging traffic on his bike. This happened to Sarah who learned that her son Cohen, who has severe autism, had left the house on his bike without her knowing.

Jiobit Stories
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April 23, 2019
Supporting Autism Acceptance

During the month of April, we will be doing our part to support autism acceptance and inclusion. In addition to donating a portion of our proceeds KultureCity, a non-profit supporting individuals with autism and sensory disorder, we’re also shining a spotlight on our users who are caring for a child with autism.

Jiobit Stories
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April 8, 2019
Andrea’s Story

Andrea is a mom to an 8-year-old boy with autism. She shared with us some of the challenges she faces and how Jiobit has helped her family.

Jiobit News
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April 1, 2019
Jiobit Pledges to ‘Go Blue’ During Autism Awareness Month by Donating Proceeds to KultureCity

Jiobit, a Chicago-based provider of wireless location-based technologies, proudly announces a partnership with KultureCity, an organization focused on providing acceptance and inclusion for individuals with autism and other sensory needs. In observance of Autism Awareness Month, Jiobit will donate a portion of all April sales to support KultureCity.

Jiobit News
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April 1, 2019
BREAKING: "Home Alone" to be Rebooted with Jiobit as Lead Producer

Los Angeles, April 1, 2019 - Beloved John Hughes film “Home Alone” will be rebooted this holiday season with location-based technology company, Jiobit, as Lead Producer.

Modern Parenting
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April 12, 2019
GPS Trackers for Kids: What Parents Need To Know

A guide to purchasing a GPS tracker for kids. Learn about the features and benefits, how GPS trackers work, when to use them, and why they may require a subscription service.

Jiobit News
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May 23, 2019
FORBES: Jiobit is the perfect tracker for pets and kids

From Forbes: "If you have small children or a beloved pet, Jiobit is easy to use and can provide welcome peace of mind."

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
From WIRED Magazine: This GPS Tracker is Like Having a Marauder's Map for Your Kids

"This simple and attractive GPS-enabled tracker is the best way to keep tabs on your pets and kids." - WIRED Magazine

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
From Fatherly: This Tiny GPS Tracker Lets You Keep Tabs On Your Kid At All Times

Fatherly writer Dave Baldwin recently wrote about his experience with Jiobit. He described it as a product designed as much for children who wander off as it is for full-on free-rangers. Jiobit can securely attach to a kid’s clothes ⏤ be it a shoelace, belt, or buttonhole ⏤ thanks to a built-in loop and waistband clip, or it can be put it in their pocket.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
From POPSUGAR: This GENIUS New Tech Product Is For Parents Worried About Ever Losing Their Kids

A POPSUGAR editor and mom recently took Jiobit for a spin. "[Jiobit is] an incredibly small and lightweight tracking device that can be worn on a child's belt loop, shoelace, or even hidden inside of a shirt. It syncs to an adult's phone so that they can track their kid anywhere — no distance limits!"

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
5 Infant Food Allergy Prevention Tips: An Allergist-Mom's Guide

We are forever in search of the latest recommendations to guide us through parenting. Children and allergies are certainly at the forefront and one of the most difficult things to navigate. We recently connected with an allergist who shared some valuable tips on childhood food allergy prevention.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
10 Reasons Jiobit Will Bring Your Family Peace of Mind

From accurate and real-time location tracking at any distance to knowing who your child is with rather than just knowing where they are, this is why Jiobit will bring your family peace of mind.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit Heads to CES 2019 as a Winner: Wins Best of BabyTech Award

Jiobit named winner of this year’s Baby Health & Safety Category, being recognized as a leader in providing the highest quality safety technology to children and families.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit Partners with Kringle Labs to Track Santa's Reindeer

Jiobit, working with Santa's elves and secret government agencies, will be running test flights starting today across the globe.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit Raises $6.5M to Accelerate Growth of their Location Technology

Jiobit, a Chicago-based provider of wireless location-based technologies, today announced it has closed a $6.5M investment round from leading technology veterans alongside California-based NETGEAR.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
People Ask Why Jiobit Requires a Monthly Subscription. Here’s Why.

Any steps we can take to ensure the safety or our kids decreases our anxiety, brings us peace of mind and, let’s be honest, makes us feel like a better parent.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
What Parents Are Saying About Jiobit

For the last year, thousands of families have begun using Jiobit and loving the peace of mind it brings. Here's what some Jio-Families are saying.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit’s TrustChip Technology Is Protecting Your Child’s Location Data

The first-of-its-kind Jiobit TrustChip delivers unmatched security and encryption, meeting or exceeding US-government standards. It’s a parent’s dream and hacker’s worst nightmare.

Traveling with Kids
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March 18, 2019
Making Halloween Safer for Young Trick or Treaters

This is the moment Jiobit was made for: Halloween trick or treating, lots of crowds, excitable kids, costumes where every kid looks the same.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit Recognized For Dedication to Innovation After Securing 3 New Patents

Jiobit has been selected as one of this year's Chicago Innovation Award winners. This exciting honor comes just after the team has secured three patents for their location tracking technology.

Child Safety
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March 18, 2019
How Jiobit Is Helping This Mom And Her Autistic Son

Jiobit is helping this mom of 2 keep her autistic son safe: "I am hopeful that it will help me give him more room to grow as he gains his independence."

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit: PCMag Editor's Choice

Jiobit wins PCMag's Editor's Choice award.

Child Safety
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March 18, 2019
What Happened When Our 6-Year-Old Got Lost

Something bad happening to your child is a parent's worst fear

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
From Buzzfeed: I Put A Tracking Device On My Kid (And My Pup) And This Is What Happened

Here what Buzzfeed editor, Krista Torres had to say about using Jiobit: "I definitely felt relief and peace of mind using it."

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit Launches First of Its Kind Child Location Tracker in Time for Mother's Day, Summer Break

Tech startup Jiobit has built the world’s smallest and longest lasting location tracker for kids, giving modern parents much needed peace of mind when it comes to their child’s safety. After two years of R&D and field trials with thousands of parents, the Chicago-based business has officially launched the location tracker in time for Mother’s Day and summer vacation.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Introducing Jiobit for Bunnies

After months of beta testing and customer feedback, we've worked quickly to develop a new product that meets a need our users have identified. Introducing Jiobit for Bunnies. "I'm hopping with excitement to announce our latest product," said CEO John Renaldi. "Rabbit owners have a problem to solve, and we've decided to burrow it."

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Working Parents: Jiobit Keeps Me Connected While I'm Away

As a Dad who works a job where overnight travel happens quite a bit, I am always looking for new and innovative ways to stay connected with life at home.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit on Gimlet Media's The Pitch

Jiobit was featured on Gimlet Media's The Pitch. Take a listen!

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
Inside the Mind of a Jiobit Engineer: Seeing is Believing

When we begin to design a product, there’s nothing there - it’s a concept, and a blue-sky concept at that. Blue sky concepts need a lot attention to the details - how do you meet the goals and expectations that your marketing team has set out? It sometimes feels impossible. The goals feel far-fetched because, often, you’re finding more issues to fix than you’re fixing.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
New Year’s Resolution #1: Make a List of New Year’s Resolutions

There’s the expectation that a new year means a clean slate to improve, change, start, or end something. The new year’s resolution is a bandwagon I’ve never jumped on but in the spirit of making changes, I’m going to set my sights on these 10 things for 2018.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Get Your Holiday Prep Started With a Good Morning Routine

‍The time of year for chillier weather and changes to your schedule that can cause major interruptions to your normal routine. But, fear not: you can be ready for the craziness if you have developed a good morning routine.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
How to Avoid Losing Your Child in a Crowd: The Mom Inspired Show

Listen to our CMO Lindsay talk about parenting on a podcast called "The Mom Inspired Show".

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Today I'm Letting My Son Walk Home From School by Himself

October 30th marks a big parenting milestone for my wife and me. Today, we’re letting our 8-year-old son walk home from school by himself.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Don’t Make These 4 Mistakes This Halloween

Thinking back to past Halloweens, I’ve put together a list of lessons learned for parents, or in other words, what not to do. Hopefully it will help you to avoid pitfalls this year.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit featured on Red Tricycle

Red Tricycle is my favorite parenting site (honestly I check it before I check Facebook in the mornings). They talk about family events, vacations, back to school guides and more. Trust me, they're worth a read. I was extra thrilled when I saw Red Tricycle write about Jiobit.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit October Product and Manufacturing Progress

Jiobit updates about Packaging, Antennas, the Charging Dock, Software and Quality Control.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
How much does Jiobit weigh?

We get this question all the time: How much does Jiobit weigh? Well, we figured instead of telling you how many grams or ounces, we'd show you! Watch how Jiobit compares to other kid trackers and some things you'd find in your kids' pockets.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Being A School Principal Means I’m The Perfect Parent… Just Kidding.

The list of parenting best practices is long; giving parents plenty of opportunity to make mistakes. This week we’re hearing from a working mom who, despite being a middle school principal overseeing 1,000+ kids, still finds being a parent the most difficult job there is. She offers a great reminder though: parents aren’t perfect, kids aren’t perfect, and we should be grateful for it all.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
The Most Advanced Location Tracking Technology in the World

Our team has gone beyond making a simple GPS tracker for kids; Jiobit is now the most advanced location tracking technology in the world. Read the latest Jiobit updates.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
How the heck does Jiobit stay securely attached all day?

The number one question we always hear from people: How does Jiobit attach to my kid's clothes? Great question! So great, we put together a short video about all the different attachment methods. Take a moment to watch!

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
MODERN PARENTING: When Should You Teach Children to be Tolerant?

Racism, discrimination, bigotry, inequality… These things aren’t new to modern day America. Despite the massive strides we’ve made over the years, it’s clear - especially today - that the worst may not be behind us. And as such, it’s one more thing to add to a parent’s list of challenges. How do we teach our children tolerance given our political climate?

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
First Working Units!

Over the last 18 months, Jiobit has gone through quite the transformation and miniaturization. Watch how it changed from initial board designs and 3D print models to the first working unit.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
MODERN PARENTING: Your Child Doesn’t Need A Smartphone. And You Don’t Need Them To Have One.

It seems that these days kids are asking for, and receiving smartphones earlier and earlier. There could be many reasons for this trend including pressure from kids or parents desire to check in more frequently. Whatever it is, are we really wanting to give our young kids a smartphone with unlimited access to the Internet? There’s probably parents who could argue both ways.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
MODERN PARENTING: 7 tips for protecting children from online predators

The topic of online predators is terrifying for most parents and given that our toddlers are using iPads, it’s never too early to get informed about the angers. Today Dr. Rich gives us 7 tips on how to protect our kids from online predators. It’s a must read for every parent.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
6 Unconventional Hacks To Make Mom Life Easier

I can already sense the skeptical moms. “There’s no such thing as making this easier,” you’re probably thinking. But if you’re looking for permission to cut a few corners then here you have it - my own list of unconventional shortcuts.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
August Update: Product and Manufacturing Progress

We officially have our first batch of pre-production printed circuit boards and components coming out of our production factory.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
Mesh Networking: It Takes a Village

Let’s face it, even the best parents could use an extra set of eyes. Yes, Jiobit locates your most precious cargo, but we also believe it’s equally important to know WHO they are with. This is where Mesh Networking comes in.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit Update: Engineering, Attachments and Charging

Jiobit isn't just a GPS kid tracker: It' the smallest and longest lasting location tracking device designed specifically for kids. From engineering breakthroughs to attachment options, we're getting closer to releasing Jiobit into the wild.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Please Call My Baby Ugly: Eight Tips To Ensure Intellectual Honesty

For entrepreneurs ideas equal livelihood, so it can be hard to face criticism, no matter how constructive. Harder still is to take-in feedback and objectively assess it for its value. Intellectual honesty and self-editing is never easy and can even be a little soul crushing. Here are a few ways to maintain passion while acknowledging weak spots and hurdles while staying open to smart pivots.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Technology Means More Tools For Parents… And More To Talk About

When it comes to big decisions about our children’s education, health, and safety, my husband and I do those as a team. And because we, as modern parents, have more tools than our parents did, these decisions have become more challenging.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Why We’re Not on Kickstarter

“Have you thought of doing a Kickstarter?” Of course, but we've decided to launch without the help of a crowdfunding site for three main reasons: We aren't dependent on the funds to manufacture, we want to build trust, and we want you to visit our site.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Moms! Update Your Resume With These 5 Super Powers

Being a mom is the hardest job there is. We're developing the next generation of independent people. Given that massive responsibility, we're actually qualified to be saving the world. Check out why in this tribute to all the hard working moms out there.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit’s New Design: Thank You For The Feedback

Introducing Jiobit's new design: It's slimmer, lighter and has endless secure attachment possibilities. Jiobit is the world's smallest and longest lasting location monitor for kids.

Traveling with Kids
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March 18, 2019
Modern Parent's Summer Survival Kit

Summer is close, and parents of little ones have to get prepared. Here are four things every modern parent should have to survive the season.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
The Struggle Is Real

Does being a mom mean missing the stage you just finished? My youngest sons are 20 months apart and for 3 years straight the infant/baby stage was all I knew. They say you'll miss it, and I didn't believe them. Now they're toddlers, and turns out, I miss it.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
How “There’s An App For That” Has Changed Tech-Savvy Parenting

Now, millennials are having kids, and technology is changing parenting.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
My Favorite Parenting Blogs: Tech Savvy Mama, Crowley Party and more

Mom blogs and mompreneurs are everywhere these days. Discover a few of my favorites, including Crowley Party, Chronicles of Frivolity and Tech Savvy Mama.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit Raises $3 Million to Launch the World's Smallest Location Monitor, Starting with Kids

Jiobit, a company creating the world's smallest and longest lasting location tracking solution, has raised an additional $3 million in capital. The new funding will fuel the production and marketing of their first product, Jiobit, a smart tag for kids - targeted for pre-sale later this year.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit in the News

We announced a $3 Million fundraising round which was reported in TechCrunch, The Chicago Tribune, ChicagoInno and more. 

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
My Favorite Parenting Blogs

It’s nearly impossible to surf the internet without coming across the blogosphere . Name a topic, a category, an organization, or a trade, and there’s a blog for that.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Why a Lost Kid is So Scary for Parents

We heard from parents how stressful and terrifying it can be to lose track of a child. Most of the time, lost kids are off being kids, but that doesn't calm a parent's anxiety.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
From Buzzfeed: Funny Tweets that Describe Parenting

Here are some of our favorite funny tweets that describe parenting from BuzzFeed.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Crowded Christmas Activities: What's a family to do without a kid tracking device?

Christmas time is here! So are all the crowds! Families want to participate, but it's hard to keep track of the whole family.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
"Home Alone" for real? Not with Jiobit.

In 1990, Kevin McCallister was left home alone. Could that happen today?

Traveling with Kids
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March 18, 2019
Turning Family Trips into Actual Vacations

Vacations with kids might always feel stressful, but I went to Disney World and stayed relaxed the whole time, thanks to some early Jiobit units. 

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
When Halloween is Really for Parents

As every parent of little ones knows, Halloween costumes are a golden opportunity for tons of laughs and social media likes. Here are a few of the favorites we've found. 

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Sorry, I'm Not Sorry

According to Facebook comments, I'm a terrible mom because I think a GPS kid tracker is a good thing. But I know that my husband and I can’t be the only parents living through toddler tantrums, unsuccessful potty training, and sleepless nights. 

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Your Baby Is Starting School. You Will Survive.

How often have you thought, “I can’t wait for the kids to start school!”? Don't feel guilty: You’re allowed to want some time away from your kids. You’re also allowed change your mind the minute your 6-year-old walks out the door wearing a backpack twice his size and takes off in a bus without you.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
5 Olympic Sports to Watch with Your Kids

The Olympics are in full swing! Here are five sports you shouldn't miss watching with your family. 

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
10 Movies to Show Your Kids Before They Turn 6

It's never too early to start raising a film buff. There are tons of great kids movies these days (Frozen, How to Train Your Dragon, Inside Out), but if you're looking to plant that cinephile seed, start with these 10 movies (animated and not animated). 

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Be In The Know About Pokémon Go: 5 Tips For Parents

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard of the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go. Here are tips for parents playing Pokémon Go.

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Where Were All the '80s Parents?

If you grew up in the 80s, you probably remember watching movies like The Goonies, Stand by Me, and Adventures in Babysitting. Those kids embarked on crazy adventures, got into trouble, and learned valuable life lessons - with no parents to be found! 

Modern Parenting
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March 18, 2019
Founder’s Series: Finding your way by channeling childhood inspirations

I’m a technologist, and have been from an early age. My passion for tech has been the springboard for starting my own company.

Jiobit News
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March 18, 2019
Jio’s Advisory Board - It Takes a Village

Jio’s Advisory Board includes industry all-stars like Lior Ron, Dennis Roberson and Andrew Heddle.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
Jiobit: The First of Its Kind

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve raised a $1.2M seed round, which will fuel engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of Jiobit - targeted for pre-sale in 2017.

Product Updates
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March 18, 2019
Moving off the Wrist - The Path to Invisible Wearables

Technology should be unnoticeable, blending seamlessly into the background, which is why the next generation of wearables will eventually be invisible.