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Kiah Williams, cofounder of SIRUM
Kiah Williams, cofounder of SIRUM

SIRUM, Redistributing Unused Medicine, Wins $50K at Women Startup Challenge

June 15, 2016






Hey, the Women Startup Challenge took place last night, and was a real game-changer. 10 women-led startups pitched, and were all the real deal. Each startup had 4 minutes to pitch their venture, and 4 minutes for Q & A with the judges. The judges were big influencers from the tech sector –  Lisa Stone, cofounder of… Read more »

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10 Women-led Startups, $400K in Prizes, and One More Glass Ceiling Shattered Tonight

June 14, 2016






Folks, I've spoken out a lot about the importance and urgency of men championing women in tech. It's one of the reasons I'm supporting the Women Startup Challenge. Tonight in San Francisco, 10 women-led startups will pitch their startups at LinkedIn to a panel of investors and a sold-out audience. Even if you didn't have… Read more »

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Why Wikipedia Could Become the People’s Newspaper of Record

June 8, 2016






Folks, Wikipedia is a record of what happened and what is happening in the world, and we need that historical record to make good decisions. To help out, the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund just donated $1 million to the Wikimedia Endowment, a collective action fund set up this year by the Wikimedia Foundation at the Tides… Read more »

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A 6-Year Journey – Overcoming Barriers to Tech and Community Radio in Western Kenya

May 27, 2016






Six years ago, Richard Magerenge, Director of the Ekialo Kiona ICT Center on Mfangano Island, Kenya, began the journey to provide an open source platform for community engagement, discussion and freedom of expression using information community technology (ICT) and community radio.  Living on a remote island in the middle of Lake Victoria, Richard was determined… Read more »

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10 Feathered Coworkers Who Inspire craigslist Customer Service

May 19, 2016






Folks, I get lots of feathered and furried visitors to my home office, pretty much year-round. The missus and I have taken up photographing them, as you may have noticed. I figure that the birds have become my coworkers by now, given how much they frequent my office, and this should count as their staff… Read more »

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How You Can Support America's Heroes This Month

May 12, 2016






Hey, I'm a big supporter of veterans and milfams, and the orgs that help 'em out. One way that I support them each year is through the Veterans Charity Challenge. This is our 4th year hosting the Challenge as a way to help raise as much money and awareness as possible for organizations benefitting America's heroes and… Read more »

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New Study Reveals If Social Media Is Empowering or Silencing Political Expression

May 4, 2016






Hey, lots of folks seemed to have noticed that people have been pretty aggressive toward each other online during this presidential campaign. I figure this is probably an important thing to pay attention to, and I'm contributing to specific efforts to help deal with the problem of online harassment. So, alongside Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park… Read more »

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10 Women Tech Leaders Vie for $50K and Funding at Women Startup Challenge at LinkedIn

April 28, 2016






Folks, many of you know that I support women in tech as an initiative, but more specifically, Women Who Tech's Women Startup Challenge. I've partnered with them to award $50K to the winner of the Challenge. Backstage Capital will grant a $10,000 investment, and the Audience Awards and IBM will award $320,000 in cloud services. It's pretty… Read more »

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Here's How to Give Back to America by Giving Local

April 19, 2016






Hey, giving back to local businesses is a really good way to support local economies, and help out to causes that're important. Give Local America is a 24-hour crowdfunding event, beginning on May 3, 2016 and running from 12:00am – 11:59pm EST. It's designed to empower folks across the US to give back to their local… Read more »

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3 Suggestions From a News Consumer To Improve Today's News

April 8, 2016






I’ve been quietly chatting with editors, publishers, and journalists for over a decade, hearing the same concerns (and not generally not for attribution). Me, I’m only a news consumer, I just want news I can trust. (posted with permission of Scott Adams of Dilbert fame) I was really glad to hear from Erica Berger, writer… Read more »

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