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Jiobit News
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November 16, 2018
People Ask Why Jiobit Requires a Monthly Subscription. Here’s Why.

Jiobit is a fully connected cellular device. When you purchase a Jiobit, you subscribe to our network which allows you to securely and accurately track your child in real-time at any distance almost anywhere in the world. In order for us to deliver this type of service to our customers we have to purchase data, similar to your cell phone carrier. Hence the monthly subscription.

Jiobit News
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November 12, 2018
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. A day doesn't go by that we don't hear a story about a parent stressing less about their day, about a missing bus, or even an avoided emergency. Here's what some Jio-Families are saying.

Product Updates
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November 5, 2018
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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October 29, 2018
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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November 5, 2018
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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August 2, 2018
How Jiobit Is Helping This Mom And Her Autistic Son

Read how Jiobit is helping this mom of 2 keep her autistic son safe.

Jiobit News
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July 31, 2018
Jiobit: PCMag Editor's Choice

Jiobit wins PCMag's Editor's Choice award.

Child Safety
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July 31, 2018
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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July 31, 2018
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.

Jiobit News
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May 7, 2018
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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April 1, 2018
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 30, 2018
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 30, 2018
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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January 18, 2018
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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January 3, 2018
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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December 12, 2017
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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December 1, 2017
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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October 30, 2017
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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October 19, 2017
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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December 13, 2017
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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October 11, 2017
Jiobit October Product and Manufacturing Progress

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

Product Updates
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October 5, 2017
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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September 15, 2017
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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September 14, 2017
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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November 20, 2017
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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September 5, 2017
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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September 6, 2017
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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August 24, 2017
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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August 25, 2017
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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August 8, 2017
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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September 6, 2017
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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September 28, 2017
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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September 5, 2017
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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September 5, 2017
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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September 5, 2017
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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September 28, 2017
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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September 20, 2017
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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September 5, 2017
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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September 5, 2017
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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September 5, 2017
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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May 2, 2017
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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June 2, 2017
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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June 2, 2017
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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June 2, 2017
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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May 10, 2017
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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May 31, 2017
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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May 31, 2017
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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May 26, 2017
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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May 26, 2017
"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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May 9, 2017
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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May 26, 2017
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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May 25, 2017
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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May 25, 2017
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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May 25, 2017
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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May 24, 2017
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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May 24, 2017
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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May 22, 2017
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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May 22, 2017
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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May 8, 2017
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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May 22, 2017
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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June 26, 2017
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.