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Helping San Francisco Vets Get Jobs

August 31, 2015

It's a personal priority to work with effective orgs help vets get jobs and do other good stuff, like preventing vets homelessness and suicide. My deal is to support existing efforts which actually get stuff done. That's particularly true of a group I largely fund, the SF Veterans' Success Center. Folks, note photo of me speaking in that context…… Read more »

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6 Women Using Tech to Change the World

August 25, 2015

7 seems to be the unlucky number. Only 7% of all investor money goes to women-led startups, and women only accounted for 7% of the 100 richest tech billionaires. But regardless of whose getting money or who already has it, when someone's really accomplished something good, they deserve the recognition. The following 6 women are… Read more »

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How Queery, An Inclusive Mobile App, Will Change Online Dating

August 19, 2015

Folks, you’ve heard from women-led startups that we’ve interviewed over the last couple months who participated in the Women’s Startup Challenge, including Mina’s List, Kicker, Fam-ess, and On Second Thought. Queery is the latest in our series. My team and I interviewed Queery Founder Hayley Thayer about the LGBTQ mobile app. In 2014, Thayer founded… Read more »

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Veterans Affairs helps get vets good jobs in IT

August 17, 2015

I feel that vets have earned the opportunity to get the training that gets them good jobs as civilians, and there’re a lot in Information Tech. However, it’s hard to find that training, and hard to make a living during a long training program. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the pilot for its… Read more »

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No Mentor? You Gotta Learn the Hard Way

August 13, 2015

A serious, committed mentor would've really helped me out and saved me from a lot of unnecessary pain. Never had one. On the other hand, sometimes one has to learn things the hard way. From learning that I sucked as a manager to never being clear about my roles at craigslist, I've made lots of mistakes. For example,… Read more »

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New App, Fam-ess, Teaches Kids Financial Responsibility

August 10, 2015

75% of American households live paycheck to paycheck and 25% have no savings at all. With our consumer debt hovering at $11.5 Trillion, it is clear that we need to teach kids how to manage their money long before become adults. That's why Michelle Salsberry founded Fam-ess (pronounced famous). Fam-ess came in 2nd place at… Read more »

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Why the Most Ethical and Trustworthy Journalism Was by Fictional Newsman Jon Stewart

August 6, 2015

Tonight's Jon Stewart's last night on the Daily Show. It's gotten me thinking about how he's so much more than an entertainer, and what he's done as the most trusted newsman in America… There are plenty of good factchecking efforts in progress. However, I figure that we need to address what Jon Stewart calls the… Read more »

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On Second Thought: An Innovative Startup to Watch

August 4, 2015

Hey, On Second Thought (OST) is a mobile messaging app that lets you take back text messages before they get to the other person. Co-Founder Maci Peterson came in first place at the Women Startup Challenge live pitch competition last month. The judges were excited about her product, and she had a great pitch. My… Read more »

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Desperately seeking trustworthy news

August 3, 2015

Maybe I’m desperate for trustworthy news, and progress in that direction, but possibly good news surfaced recently, that I missed on first reading. First, yes, I’m very much, and only a news consumer, and want to respect the boundary between consumer and news professional. I just want news I can trust. Several months ago I… Read more »

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Why a NYT Editor Left Her Job to Start the News Site Kicker

July 29, 2015

Kicker is a news website that helps you get up to speed easily by making news digestible, engaging, and actionable. They’re one of the women-led startups who came in 3rd place for the Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition. Holly Ojalvo and Lisa Vehrenkamp, Kicker Cofounders, are the real deal. Kicker provides helpful explanations on the… Read more »

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