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Knowing When to Keep Your Mouth Shut

December 29, 2014

Back in '77, I had recently taken a job at IBM Boca Raton, in the "advanced technology" department. It was beginning to dawn on me that I needed to be somewhat less nerdy in behavior, if not core, attitudes. A few folks visited what was then Bell Labs, which had been responsible for a lot… Read more »

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5 Reasons Why Giving Back’s Important

December 24, 2014

As a nerd, I really believe in giving back (always have). It's important to collaborate, help one another, and create the change we want, and that takes time. Earlier this year, the craigconnects team and I created an infographic, Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, to show you just how effective and accessible crowdfunding is. Crowdfunding raised more than five… Read more »

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The Birds Take on San Francisco

December 22, 2014

Folks, many of you might know that I've got quite the community of birds right outside my office window. They've all got their own personalities and agendas (though, they all like to eat), but they really spruce up my home office. I kinda like to give 'em personalities based on their expressions and their demeanor…. Read more »

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When You Practice What You Preach…

December 19, 2014

I'm hearing, anecdotally, that cultural transformation at VA and elsewhere might have been nudged into motion by relentlessly handing out my business card and practicing what I preach. The big thing I've learned here is that for me, tech skills and money aren't what gets the job done. What works is bearing witness to the… Read more »

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Why We Need More Women In Tech

December 16, 2014

Women and girls still face a lot of obstacles in shaping technologies. The digital gender divide might be getting worse. Women and girls everywhere are missing, underrepresented, and dropping out from technology fields. As a result,  today's tech – and increasingly today's world – does not reflect the diversity of women's experiences or ingenuity. This isn't fair,… Read more »

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Big News: $2M+ Raised for Nonprofits in CrowdRise Holiday Challenge

December 11, 2014

Folks, I just got an update from Ed Norton, one of the co-founders of CrowdRise, about the #GivingTower Holiday Challenge I'm sponsoring with MacAndrews & Forbes, Fred & Joanne Wilson, and Isaac S. Gindi. This year I'm giving $50k to support nonprofits. A total of $250k is being given away in prize money, but an… Read more »

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