Byron Reese

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Byron Reese (Austin, TX)

Futurist, entrepreneur and CEO of Knowingly


Elena Meredith | | 512-481-7096 | Twitter: @elenameredith



  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Knowingly, a venture-backed Internet startup based in Austin, Texas, which has developed Correctica, a new tool that scans websites looking for errors that spell checkers and grammar checkers miss.
  • An accomplished high-tech trailblazer, inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and optimistic futurist, Byron Reese explores the intersection of history, technology, and the future.
  • A popular speaker, Reese’s keynotes and appearances include SXSW, NAB, Wolfram Data Summit, IAB, Spartina, PICNIC, TEDx Austin, and the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.
  • Reese started his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. Two companies he started were later sold: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise, the parent company of, to Demand Media.
  • Reese has served on both public and private boards of directors, and has started several non-profit organizations.
  • Author of Infinite Progress: How Technology and the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War.


There are over 20,000,000,000 errors on the web—mistakes that can affect a website’s page rank, bounce rate, and overall, undermine the confidence visitors have in a site’s content. For example, the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) website has numerous references to “prostrate cancer” instead of “prostate cancer.”

The team at Knowingly, a venture-backed Internet startup in Austin, Texas, has created a new tool called Correctica that scans websites for errors that spell checkers, grammar checkers, and human editors often miss. Correctica has identified 254,000 common types of errors, which include the misuse of idioms, incorrect articles, and commonly confused words or homonyms.

Correctica offers a free analysis of websites, pointing out the number of errors, then offers an initial all-inclusive cleanup and the option of signing up for a monthly scan service. It also offers a “Proof It Free” tool to instantly check for errors on a term paper, web page, resume, blog post, email or crazy rant.

What Correctica finds:

  • Misspelled expressions (piece of mind vs. peace of mind)
  • Missing letters (medial exam vs. medical exam)
  • Misplaced spaces (doe snot vs. does not)
  • Transposed letters (letter form Santa vs. letter from Santa)
  • Capitalization (Quiche Lorraine vs. quiche Lorraine)
  • Compound words (jelly fish vs. jellyfish)
  • Incorrect apostrophes (thats it vs. that’s it)
  • Miscellaneous (irregardless vs. regardless)

In combing through a variety of websites, including President Obama’s blog, the websites of state colleges and Ivy League Universities, and state government websites, Correctica found some interesting facts about who in the United States makes the most errors online.


  • 10 Grammar Errors You Won’t Believe are on
  • Dot Gov Websites More Error Prone than Any Other
  • CIA – Taking the Intelligence Out of Grammar
  • The North Makes 4x More Grammar Mistakes Than the South
  • Western States Average Twice as Many Grammar Errors as East
  • Mississippi Trounces Massachusetts in Grammar Matchup
  • You Ain’t Never Gonna Guess Which State Has The Worst Grammar in the South
  • Poisoned Ivy – Ivy League Websites have 2X the Errors of State Colleges
  • 44% of Americans Failed the Correctica Grammar Challenge
  • Can You Spot These 10 Sneaky Grammar Errors?
  • Five Errors Everyone Makes – and We Do Mean Everyone
  • Six Expressions You’re Probably Getting Wrong
  • Online Grammar Errors Have Increased by 148% in Nine Years
  • Women Are Better at Spotting Grammar Errors Than Men

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