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Impact Investment: Just 1% – 2% of Venture Capitalism, says Arun Gore

Esha Chhabra chats with Arun Gore, the president and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, about impact investing movement. Arun Gore is at the helm of Gray Ghost Ventures (GGV), a venture capital…

What Silicon Valley Cannot Teach Social Entrepreneurs

Guest post by Matthew Manos, founder and CEO of verynice, a LA-based design studio that dedicates 50% of their efforts to free design for nonprofits.  ~~~ There had been a…

Connecting Everything: Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior

Cisco’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer describes how the exponential growth of connectivity between people and devices, both mobile and network, will change commerce, business systems, and individual behavior. Despite…

iPads for Schools? Not that simple. Ed-Tech Needs “Design Research.”

Kim Campbell and Hila Mehr Last week, gaming company Zynga announced the launch of a $1M accelerator for educational games in partnership with the NewSchools Venture Fund. Similarly, ed-tech incubator…

Sparking Innovation – in the middle of the Pacific

by Brittany Koteles Unreasonable at Sea (UaS), a first-time collaboration between Unreasonable Institute, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s d. school, was born with the objective to accelerate companies that are…

Crowdfunding Gets Specific: 10 New Platforms

by Brittany Koteles As a follow-up to yesterday’s piece on the explosion of crowdfunding in 2012, here’s a list of new platforms that connect crowdfunding to people, communities, and causes. …

Crowdfunding Capitalism: Likely to Keep Growing in 2013

  By Brittany Koteles In 2012, crowdfunding platforms grew 81 percent, while venture capital investments fell for the first time in three years. While I’m not here to forecast the…

Tap for Safety: Circle of 6 to Stop Rape

  by Rosie Spinks When Vice President Joe Biden—a longtime opponent of violence against women—announced the Apps Against Abuse technology challenge in 2011, Brooklyn-based filmmaker and activist Nancy Schwartzman knew…

Techy Girls Gaining Ground

By Lindsay Hebert The stereotype “computer geek” carries with it the usual accoutrements: glasses, game consoles and lots of alone time. Even as technology has become ubiquitous through social networks…

Stop Developing Software: “Stop Reinventing the Flat Tire”

  Recently Priya Jaisinghani, Teressa Trusty, and I brought together a few folks to have an informal Technology Salon around the pertinent question of how can the development community get…

Tech for Atrocities: Can Cell Phones Help?

by Tessa Farnsworth Curry How do you harness one of the world’s greatest tools for changing the way we live, and use it to prevent mass atrocities from occurring? Technology…

Clean Energy: Is Crowdfunding the Solution?

by David Bornstein This originally appeared in the New York Times as a Fixes column. **** If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve…

Microsoft gets “smart” with phones 4Afrika

When Microsoft unveiled a multipronged investment in African technological capacity and human capital a few days ago, its new smart phone, manufactured by the Chinese company Huawei, dominated news coverage. Winning over…

“I will not go to the bathroom,” says Matt Damon

  Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org, held a press conference (a mock press conference) where he announced that he will not use the toilet.  Why?  To protest the fact that…

Online Dating for Teachers: Finding the Right Classroom

BY Adam Poswolsky If online dating works so well for people looking for love and happiness, maybe the same concept can apply to people looking for other types of fulfillment,…