Contact context in the palm of your hand with GIST CEO T.A. McCann

T.A. McCann understands context.

We live in a time that, if you are truly engaged and connected, you cannot stay on top of the important things while sifting through the fluff that hides it. If you are like me, you clamor for tools that will help you understand what you need to know, when you need to know it where you need to know it.

Enter T.A. and his company, Gist (

Gist (pronounced Jist — as in get the) is the outcome of T.A’s fascination with just in time information and it has been a long time in the making. Part search, part consolidation, part inference machine combined with relevance and context. That’s Gist.

Their first version was web but have since moved into mobile on the iPhone and the recently released Android client. We discuss everything under the sun about this great service, how it works, the challenges of moving to mobile and what lies ahead for the company and the service.

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About T.A. McCann
T.A. McCann

T.A. McCann serves as founder and CEO of Gist. His past experience includes Vulcan Capital, Polaris Venture Partners, where he was an entrepreneur-in-residence. Prior to Polaris, he held senior positions at Microsoft, leading future strategy and product planning for the Exchange Server Group and developing the burgeoning Service Delivery Platforms group, focused on mobile applications development. In addition, he is a founder of Jump2Go – providing innovative solutions for the radio industry, HelpShare – a web Q&A company and Soft Labour, a web design and development consultancy. He currently serves on the board of Art with Heart and is an advisor to Wishpot, Asset Archives and Notary One. In addition to his deep technology background, T.A. has won sailing’s America’s Cup and sailed around the world. He has a wife and daughter and a yellow lab named Daisy.

About the author

Rob Woodbridge

I'm Rob, the founder of and I've spent 14 years immersed in the mobile and pervasive computing world. During this great time I've helped some of the most innovative companies grow their business through mobile. If you are in need of a mobile business advisor or coach, connect with me here to get things rolling.

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