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Get to Know RebelMouse and Its Founder

We are a creative agency that innovates with deep technology. Our proprietary, cloud-based, next-generation CMS has fueled industry powerhouses, including The Dodo, Axios, and PAPER Magazine. Founded by Andrea Breanna, the former CTO of The Huffington Post, our media-minded team of experts work closely with publishers and marketers to help their stories reach the right people, and to build experiences that create loyalty, engagement, and conversion.


Meet Andrea Breanna (Formerly Known as Paul Berry)

Andrea Breanna is the founder and CEO of RebelMouse, a creative agency with the best CMS platform in the world. The company has built two of the biggest new media companies to date — The Dodo and Axios — both of which were merely ideas when RebelMouse began the strategy, design, and development work. RebelMouse also powers United Airlines' Hub and many of the most popular media sites you know and love. Collectively, RebelMouse-powered properties reach more than 50 million people a month, which makes it one of the top 50 properties in the U.S., and one of the top 500 in the world.

Andrea is proudly and openly transgender. Specifically, Andrea is a non-binary, transgender lesbian (transbian) who is happily married to Milena Berry, the founder and CEO of PowerToFly. Together they have four, beautiful kids and live in Tribeca, NYC.

Before RebelMouse, Andrea was CTO of The Huffington Post where she joined in the first year of the company's life and ran the product, design, and engineering teams. After The Huffington Post was sold to AOL, Andrea ran the same groups for all of AOL's media properties.

After AOL acquired The Huffington Post, Andrea saw what a custom CMS looked like for the first time. She inherited 53 properties built on dozens of different content management systems, but soon realized that they were all built by IT people who didn't fully grasp the concepts of traffic and distribution. Starting in 2012, RebelMouse was the first platform to create the "social front page," a hub where users could aggregate social feeds all in one place. It went viral with eight million users worldwide, sparking Andrea to realize that there wasn't a CMS to bring it all together yet.

That epiphany — coupled with the realization that social, mobile, and the acceleration of industry changes would soon make everyone's technology painfully obsolete and expensive — led to the birth of RebelMouse.

Here We Are, Thriving and Profitable

Today, seven years after our inception, we're extremely proud of the powerful product we've created. RebelMouse was built to solve the complex intersection of product, engineering, editorial, and revenue. It's allowed us to create a next-generation CMS unlike any other, backed by some of the best venture capitalists in the world.

Rebelmouse built Axios and The Dodo, both of which saw massive success upon launch. The Dodo is the perfect example of unprecedented mass distribution and reach on Facebook, reaching 100 million people a day on average. Axios, on the other hand, embodies incredible loyalty. While their overall Facebook reach is much smaller than The Dodo's, they make up for it by being an insanely engaged site that sees over 90 million pageviews a month. Within the first year of its launch, Axios became a household name.

What Makes Us Tick?

Our true love is building breakout new media hits that become enduring pop culture sensations. One of the main reasons we began RebelMouse was because we recognized that a huge shift in advertising would happen, and that content would become marketing soon thereafter. That shift has since taken place, and it's become imperative for marketers to understand content from a media perspective. Our deep understanding of this concept allows us to power a number of pop culture hits — such as PAPER Magazine and NYLON — but it also allows us to take on legacy brands like United Airlines and BlackRock.

Part of our success lies in the fact that we're a fully remote company that doesn't require much capital. We don't have an office, and we have talented, passionate employees in 26 countries covering every time zone. Everyone on the team shares a passion for being able to think outside of the box and be fluid with their talents and skills. Developers who think about product and traffic, audience development specialists who think about product and editorial, and designers who think about traffic and code.

Ready to create something big? Struggling with your current platform? Join us in the modern world: Let's get started together.

Publishers No Longer Have to Submit Their Site to Google News

Google's Publisher Center creates new opportunities for audience growth

Just before the start of the next decade, Google announced an important change to its Google News offering with the launch of Google Publisher Center. The new interface merges Google News Producer and Google News Publisher into one to streamline the partnership process for publishers.

Overall, the change should make it easier for publishers to manage their Google News settings, including updating themes, directing URLs to section pages, and configuring user permissions. Read the full list of features here.

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How to Find Work-Life Balance as a Remote Employee

Tips from our CEO on making the most of an office-free lifestyle

Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 66% of companies now allowing remote work and 16% operating completely office-free. RebelMouse is one of those fully remote companies, and over the years we've mastered how to stay close to each other despite being spread across more than a dozen countries. We believe working remotely is good for both our personal lives and our productivity. Read more about this here.

Still, working free from the shackles of an office environment doesn't mean every day is a dance party in your pajamas from 9 to 5. Working from home comes with its own set of challenges just like any other job.

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Inside RebelMouse’s Quality Assurance Operations

How We've Perfected Stress-Free Publishing

At RebelMouse, we like to refer to our enterprise publishing platform as "lean tech." Most publishers have a natural inclination to start doubling down on teams of developers who try to build unique experiences to help stand out above the noise. But they should actually be doing the opposite: Lean tech is the preferred way to cut through content saturation. By allowing RebelMouse to obsess over your product, content producers, editors, managers, and everyone in between can focus on creating quality content and taking advantage of opportunities to leverage distributive publishing strategies that create real revenue growth.

One of the major reasons we're able to maintain a lean tech environment is thanks to our approach to quality assurance (QA). We make updates to our platform daily to ensure our clients always have access to the most robust, high-performing, and secure version of our platform. Behind the scenes, this means having a solid QA structure that's efficient, creates less bugs, and catches the ones that do pop up before they go live. It's a system of checks and balances that's hard and costly to replicate on a custom CMS. Here's a glimpse into how it works.

Our Tech Stack Toolbox

  • Cucumber
  • Java
  • Junit
  • Maven
  • Selenium WebDriver
  • TeamCity
  • Zalenium (Selenium Grid)

Our Checks and Balances Workflow

Automated Regression Testing Cycle

The Lifecycle of a Product Update

When an update is first made to RebelMouse, TeamCity immediately triggers the start of automated tests to review integrity.

TeamCity Build

TeamCity Agent

The tests run in parallel on TeamCity's Build Agent. Next, Zalenium creates docker containers with browsers that matches the count of parallel threads. An Allure report is then generated from the test results, which shows the state of the application after the update.

Allure Report Pass

If a test doesn't complete successfully, the testing framework receives a video with a failed test and attaches it to the Allure report.

Allure Report Issue

Based on the report analysis, a QA specialist will create a "bug" ticket in our product management software to address the issue if needed. Then, information about the bug is immediately sent to the project manager and we begin the process of correcting the problem.

The media powerhouses we power can publish with confidence knowing that any product issues that arise are met with a tried-and-true process to fix the problem with little-to-no disturbance to their workflow. If you have any questions about this process, please email support@rebelmouse.com.

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