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Why Birding Can Change the World

May 14, 2015

Birding is a popular thing that happens around the world. I like to view 'em from my home office, and in my Bay Area backyard. Western Tanagers are rare to see, but a real treat. You may remember that I donated some money to the Cornell Ornithology Lab to sponsor the Western Tanager. I spotted… Read more »

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6 Startups Rocking the Women Startup Challenge

May 13, 2015

Hey, we’re two weeks into the Women Startup Challenge, and lots of startups really have their boots on the ground in Round One. The first Round of the Startup Challenge is a crowdfunding campaign. The purpose of this is to give all startups an opportunity to raise money for their startup. Over $80K has been… Read more »

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ViT

How to Help Vets Get Jobs in Tech

May 13, 2015

We should do what we can to helps vets get jobs. It's also good business, since about 12% of all unfilled US jobs are in IT, and Vets in Tech (ViT) helps get the job done. ViT works with industry partners including Salesforce, Microsoft, Akamai, Auction.com, and ManpowerGroup to get vets tech job training and… Read more »

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What’s Over the Horizon for Trustworthy News

May 12, 2015

Sometimes I say that "trust is the new black"; more recently, I like the notion that "a trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy." However, it looks like news media has generally lost the trust of the American public: "Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low" "No One Trusts Advertising or Media" This… Read more »

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4 Twitter Tools That're the Real Deal

May 7, 2015

I tell folks that they should email me with social media posts to share with my networks because I believe in supporting good causes, and making an effort to give a voice to more people. Silos aren't effective in getting the job done, and social media's a great way to share your message. My team… Read more »

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IAVA

6 Veterans Groups You Need to Know

April 27, 2015

Maybe seven years ago, I was at a lunch, sitting next to a guy from the Iraq & Afghanistan Vets of America (IAVA). Finally, it clicked. We really need to support regular people who gave up a lot to protect us, and that includes their families. Now, I'm on the board of IAVA and Blue… Read more »

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ignite change

5 Nonprofits That Are Igniting Change

April 24, 2015

Folks, lots of nonprofits really have their boots on the ground doing good work, but my team and I wanted to highlight a few that have been on our radar lately. These nonprofits have been disruptors and changemakers, and deserve some recognition. 1. Blue Star Families – Blue Star Families was formed by a group… Read more »

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4 Leadership Lessons I've Learned the Last 20 Years at craigslist

April 23, 2015

Folks, 20 years is a lot of time to make mistakes, fail fast, and learn some lessons about leadership. They don't teach you this at school. Customer service is a big part of what inspires me; also consider that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." (Martin Luther King… Read more »

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swords

Giving Back to Vets: When Their Service Ends, Ours Begins

April 22, 2015

Folks, you might remember that I started an Indiegogo Life fundraiser to support Swords to Plowshares, veteran and Bay Area hero Starlyn Lara, and women veterans. Our goal was to raise $2,000 to pay for job readiness training, job placement, and mentorship activities for women veterans in the Bay Area with the Women Veterans Professional… Read more »

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Code for America

5 Ways To Hack Tech This Spring

April 20, 2015

Hey, I've gotten lots of emails lately from folks who want to get more involved in tech. I figure the best way to advise 'em is to make connections between people doing good work. It seems counter-intuitive to double efforts, and the impact's greater when there's collaboration. Orgs that really have their boots on the… Read more »

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