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Tis the Season to Give Back

November 21, 2014

Folks, I believe that it's really important to give back to our communities. One way to do that is to participate in CrowdRise's #GivingTuesday Holiday Challenge for nonprofits. I'm giving $50K to go toward the winner of the Challenge, and together, with the other donors, there will be $250K in prize money. CrowdRise has been working… Read more »

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Who should learn to code? Everyone.

November 17, 2014

I believe that everyone deserves the chance to learn how to code, if that's what they want. And maybe that desire for equality's based in my nerdly values, but it's something that's important. I've been supporting Girls Who Code for some time now, and they do real good work closing the gender gap in the… Read more »

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A Lizard In The Security Shed

August 12, 2014

Hey, here's a short audio clip, recorded by the EK-FM Radio Presenter, Nancy Sungu, in Kenya. For the past 8 weeks, EK-FM has been off-air due to maintenance issues (in fact, a lizard got into their security shed and fried their transmitter!). The silent air-waves caused much upset in the community. In the interview, Diana… Read more »

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Infographic Reveals Latest Data on Cracking the Crowdfunding Code

March 19, 2014

It's the third anniversary of craigconnects, and we've really tried to bring good people together to raise money for their nonprofits. We did a lot of support through crowdfunding, and  to celebrate, the craigconnects team and I created an infographic, Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, to show you just how effective and accessible crowdfunding is. Crowdfunding raised… Read more »

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"The Baroque Cycle": The Moment I Realized History RTs Itself

November 25, 2013

Around ten years ago, I read this historical fiction trilogy by a really influential science fiction writer, Neal Stephenson. At that point I had relinquished all management control of the site I started, was doing pretty intense customer service, and I was thinking about what it all meant. My nerdly take is that The Baroque… Read more »

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Thank you note for VBA workers

June 18, 2013

Government workers don't get much respect these days, and are sometimes the targets of unfair abuse. That's not right. In particular, I've been working with people from the Department of Veterans Affairs, mostly with workers from Veterans Benefits Administration, VBA. A lot of work should've been started the middle of the last decade, but only since 2009 has VBA… Read more »

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