18 posts and columns on President Barack Obama
Commerce startup Square landed another key hire Wednesday, tapping Demetrios J. Marantis to oversee its international and regulatory policy. Marantis, a former member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, served as the country’s top trade official before making the leap to Square, so he’s particularly well suited for the job of overseeing government and policy work related to the company’s international expansion. Marantis’s hire is Square’s second high-level appointment in as many weeks. Last week, Alex Petrov, a former PayPal exec, signed on as the company’s VP of Partnerships.
News Byteset a new Twitter record during his Democratic National Convention speech on Thursday evening, inspiring more than 50,000 election-related tweets per minute at its height, beating all other political events in the six-year history of the platform. Obama bested rival candidate Mitt Romney by a wide margin, with Governor Romney setting off around 14,000 tweets per minute during his RNC speech. Of note: Both candidates saw dips in their Twitter Political Index scores (essentially a measure of Twitter sentiment) directly following their respective speeches.