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Upcoming presentations

I’m doing a couple of presentations over the coming week, one in the Bay Area (tonight! Sorry for the late notice) and the other accessible everywhere online.

Tuesday May 17

MIT/Stanford Venture Lab presents

Social Enterprise: How technology makes money while doing good

From the event description:

Who has done more good for the world, Bill Gates or Mother Teresa? Every entrepreneur needs to be passionate about the problem they are trying to solve, but what types of approaches are the most adept at solving large world scale problems such as poverty, access to clean water, inexpensive healthcare and education? Of the global bottom of the pyramid market, Asia makes up the biggest chunk with a $3.47 trillion market, followed by Latin America ($509 billion), Eastern Europe ($458 billion) and Africa ($429-billion).

Developing countries in Southeast Asia and Africa are increasingly becoming a “land of opportunity” for entrepreneurs. With fewer limitations and large underserved segments, emerging markets have been in the scopes of opportunity seekers ranging from the bootstrapped entrepreneur to the top fortune 500 companies.

These opportunities are coupled with unique challenges including interesting holes in the technology chain, instances where people might not be able to keep pace with Silicon Valley’s rapid adaption of cutting edge technology, or having technology like cell phones with no reliable means to charge them or where local business are expanding with no means to manage the disconnected supply chains. Join us to learn how upstarts are leveraging technology to generate wealth while also strengthening community and creating opportunities for those at the base of the pyramid.

The event features the following great panelists and presenters:

Jonathan Hefter, Founder of NeverWare

Priya Haji, CEO and co-founder of World of Good

Naren Gupta, Co-Founder, Nexus Venture Partners

Caroline Barlerin, Director of Global Community Involvement for the Hewlett Packard Office of Global Social Innovation

Luke W Filose, Co-Founder and VP Business Development for Fenix International.

I’m the MC.

There’s networking from 6-7 then the panel and Q&A 7-8.30.

Full bio’s and how to purchase tickets here.

May 24th

TechSoup presents

Free Live Interactive Event: Future of Fundraising

From the event description:

Nonprofits were once limited to raising money through cookie sales, charity balls, and foundation grants now have access to almost limitless fundraising streams with new technology platforms, micro-funding models, and evolving culture of giving. The wide variety of choices and tools to integrate make this field exciting and challenging terrain for nonprofit leaders; we will take your questions in this one hour live interactive event.

While there are many new and exciting organizations and platforms emerging we are speaking with three we know at the forefront -, American Cancer Society, and Anyone interested in nonprofits and fundraising online is welcome to participate in this interactive chat, sharing questions and tips from the field.

This free online event (they’re using a really cool new tool apparently, which I’m looking forward to checking out myself) takes place on Tuesday, May 24 at 11 a.m. US Pacific time. Read bio’s of the other presents here and RSVP here.

StartSomeGood Coming to Australia

Hey Australia — are you ready for this?  Co-founder Tom Dawkins is headed back down-under for a series of speaking engagements all around your country.  Events all center around social entrepreneurship and “crowdfunding for good,” and promise to be a ton of fun.  If you’re on the edge, not to guilt trip you (okay, exactly to guilt trip you), but he’s flying 12,000 kilometers for these events, so if you’re nearby, head on out and say hello!  

Or, if you’re a big enough Tom Dawkins groupie, you could always follow him all the way to Australia from the US, but just don’t do it in a creepy way, okay?

Here are the details and links to learn more and RSVP:

Monday, April 11 - Sydney, 6PM.  Hosted by School for Social Entreprneurs.  ”SSE Fellows and Vibewire 10th Birthday Celebration.”  More details here.

Wednesday, April 13 - Melbourne, 6:30PM.  Hosted by The Australian Centre for Social Innovation: “Crowdfunding for Good: A panel discussion with StartSomeGood, Pozible and the Awesome Foundation.”  More details here.

Thursday, April 14 - Adelaide, 5:15PM.  Hosted by The Australian Centre for SOcial Innovation: “Adelaide Social Entrepreneurship Meetup with StartSomeGood.”  More details here.

See you there!  

Launch Party Recap

Wow.  What an amazing evening last Thursday as we celebrated the launch of StartSomeGood at the beautiful Case Foundation office in Washington, D.C.  We were truly overwhelmed by the number of people that turned out — friends, supporters, and, well, just people that heard we were serving awesome free wine, iced tea and chocolate!

So many people mentioned the incredible energy in the room; the air was filled with optimism and excitement.  And we are so thankful for the people and organizations that made it all possible.  Thank you to Purpose Beverages’ Tevolution for the amazing iced tea, to Gotham Wines for their delicious reds and the whites, and to NuubiaChocolat for the incredible chocolates shipped to us that day from Berkeley, California.  Thank you, also, to the amazing people that spoke to the crowd, including Christine Egger our incredible mobilizer, William Huster of our network partner Compass Partners, Erin Krampetz representing our network partner AshokaU, and Sherri Sosslau of Hair Flair for Hope — the first venture on StartSomeGood to reach its tipping point!

Thank you to our incredible volunteers for doing everything from greeting people, pouring wine and beer, taking photos, doing demos of our site, and really everything else that made the event a success.  And, of course, we absolutely could not have pulled off the party without the indefatigable Lauren Marra, our incredible event manager.  Her energy, positivity and organizational know-how are what made this event possible.  Even if her dolly for transporting supplies kept veering off to the right, her vision kept the entire event on track.  

And thank you to everyone that turned out to support us as we took the first step in our journey of starting some good.  And for those of you that weren’t able to attend, please enjoy some photos courtesy of Duygu Ozpolat:

Sherri of Hair Flair for Hope

Ian of Purpose Beverages serving up delicious and socially-conscious iced tea.

The crowd looks on.

Christine Egger addressing the crowd.

Co-Founder Tom Dawkins speaking.

William Huster of Compass Partners.

Erin Krampetz of AshokaU

Co-founder Alex Budak telling the story of how StartSomeGood came to be.

The co-founders finally pose for their first real photo together!

Launch Party This Thursday

This Thursday, just in time for the 2011 Non-Profit Technology Conference here in Washington, D.C., StartSomeGood will be hosting a launch party to celebrate the 17-day anniversary of going live!

Are you in DC?  Within driving distance of The District? We’d love to see you!

Our event will be held Thursday, March 17 from 6-8:30PM at the beautiful Case Foundation headquarters.  Wine will be provided by Gotham Wines, Iced Tea by Purpose Beverages, and chocolates by Nuubiachocolates.  It’ll be a chance to mingle with other social innovators and learn more about the awesome ventures on StartSomeGood.  

Have we sold you yet?  Great!  For more information and to RSVP, visit our EventBrite page.


We could not be more excited to be able to attend South By Southwest in beautiful Austin, Texas.  Last night we had the opportunity to be a part of the Good Capitalist Party, the response for which was unbelievable.  Just check out this line of people waiting to get in.  We met lots of inspiring people and had a chance to learn about some awesome developments in social innovation.  

For those of you that missed, it though — don’t fret.  We’ve got another really exciting event coming up on Monday: a “Change Chat” with some of our friends in the “crowdfunding for good” space. Supported by the Good Capitalist Party, our event, “Crowdfunding for Ideas that Matter," is co-hosted by LoudSauce, 33Needs, and yours truly.  We’ll be coming together for an informal gathering about how to best use crowdfunding for good.   And we’d love to see you there.  

The details?  Glad you asked!

Dominican Joes Coffee Shop, 515 South Congress Ave · Monday, March 14, 2011, 5:30-6:30pm

Check us out on Plancast to let us know you’ll be coming — can’t wait to see you!