Matt Galligan

Entrepreneur, musician, photographer, craft beer enthusiast. CEO & Co-founder of @Circa. Co-founded @SimpleGeo & @Socialthing.


The right way to ask users to review your app

How Circa News got 90% 5-star ratings

tl;dr: 1) Build a great app, 2) Don’t annoy your users, 3) Ask nicely, don’t…


In response to: Smart watches are dumb

No, uninformed harsh and hasty judgements are


Apple Watch is probably the dumbest thing Apple has ever made.

First question, Brian: do you own an Apple Watch or is your assessment based on your previous ownership of a Pebble, and various screenshots and reviews of the product?


The power of a song

Last Saturday morning I woke to a nagging alarm and a clock that said “4:00am.” So as to not disrupt my work schedule, I went for the flights that took off at hours that…


A page we can call home…

About two and a half years ago Circa News 1.0 was released for the iPhone; at launch it was first truly mobile-first news publication. This meant that Circa’s writing…

Publications edited by Matt Galligan

Dedicated to the writings of the Circa team. http://circanews.com


I’m a big fan of the new in-line publisher for Medium but do think there’s some improvement that could happen to the “stream.” My biggest issue with it is that it treats followed authors & publishers, along with recommendations & comments from folks you’re following, as same-class citizens. This can lead to a somewhat cluttered, or at the very least, less curated grouping of things to read.


Logo design and unseeing things


In 2011, when Circa was founded one of the first branding exercises was coming up with a logo. While I wasn’t a full-time designer anymore it was always still a fun challenge to come up with logos. For our brand, we wanted something that could stand the test of time because after all, we named our company after a word that carried with it a connotation of…


David, we’ll miss you so much.

You were an absolute legend.

A few years back, we exchanged some choice words about the future of the news business. After I expounded on…


The right way to ask users to review your app

How Circa News got 90% 5-star ratings

tl;dr: 1) Build a great app, 2) Don’t annoy your users, 3) Ask nicely, don’t…


Mom’s Famous Mashed Potatoes

Each year the highlight of any family meal (and we have a big extended family) was often my mother’s mashed potatoes. They’re creamy, they’re decadent, and you will most certainly put on pounds just looking at them.

To See One’s Reflection In Their Black Mirror

Quelling an addiction and considering value in a blank screen.


The next phase of Circa


Circa began as an idea to fix many of the things we felt were broken about the way news is produced, presented, and consumed. We started our journey with a distinct set of goals and learned more than we could have ever imagined along the way. For almost this entire year we’ve been working hard on doubling down on our core concepts and things that make us unique…