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Successful African-American Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Feels 'Like A Black Unicorn' - #592
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January 15, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Originally from inner-city Baltimore, Maryland, successful tech entrepreneur Clarence Wooten, 46, got into tech and computers through video games as a kid. He played on the old Atari, ColecoVision and Commodore platforms.

From those modest beginnings, a career blossomed. As a youth, Wooten looked up to people like Bill Gates and Reginald Lewis as role models. Lewis, the richest African American in the 1980s was born and raised in Baltimore. He died in 1993 after taking control of and subsequently growing Beatrice—the first African American-owned billion-dollar company. The power of role models would stay with Wooten throughout his career.

Still in Baltimore in the late 90s, Wooten founded ImageCafe, a startup that provided website templates for small businesses, something like what Wix and Squarespace do today.

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He Built An Organization From Trash To Restore Human Dignity - Brett Durbin, Trash Mountain Project - #591
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January 10, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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At 29, Brett Durbin went to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to find a cause for his church to support. He’d never imagined how this would change his life. The organization he ultimately founded, Trash Mountain Project, serves the people who make their living—such as it is—by scavenging in the developing world’s trash dumps.

With fires constantly smoldering, burning a mix of toxic and noxious materials, these are literally hellish places, Durbin, now 37, explains. Toddlers, adults and the aged—entire multi-generational families—hunt for food to eat and anything of value to sell crawling and clawing through everything from animal to industrial waste.

After visiting Honduras, Durbin looked for an organization focused on serving the trash dump communities he’d seen. A professor counseled him, “The last thing we need is another nonprofit organization.”

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This Social Entrepreneur Built An Organization To Serve The Youth Others Reject - Rob Gitin - #590
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January 09, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Fresh out of college, Rob Gitin took a job working in homeless services along with one of his classmates, Mumtaz Mustapha. One day, she said, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one day someone started a program that was specifically focused on the kids who either got kicked out of our program or who tell us that they’ve known about it for five years before they ever set foot in it?”

Over the months that followed, the conversation turned from someone else doing it to the two of them. One day, twenty years ago, with an Echoing Green Foundation grant deadline coming the next day, the two decided to apply for the funds to launch At The Crossroads, serving the youth no one else could or would in San Francisco.

Twenty years later, Gitin, now 43, is still at it. Mustapha left after four years to go to medical school and has become a financial supporter. Today, the organization has an annual budget of $1.7 million.

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Just How Safe is a Simple Agreement for Future Equity? - Marty Tate - #589
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January 02, 2018 03:11 PM PST
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Marty Tate, partner at Carman Lenhoff Israelsen, explains in this interview what a SAFE or Simple Agreement for Future Equity is and just how safe it is for both issuers and investors. If you’ve ever wanted to invest in an equity crowdfunding campaign, you do not want to miss this episode.

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3rd Generation Deaf CEO Leads 1,000-Employee Nonprofit Serving Deaf Community - #588
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January 03, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Chris Soukup, 38, is a third-generation member of the deaf community. As a child, he remembers his paternal grandparents visiting each week with a list of phone calls to be made by his mother, who could hear. In those days, before the relay services offered by companies like Communication Service for the Deaf, or CSD, the nonprofit that Soukup now runs, members of the deaf community were effectively prevented from communicating by phone.

Soukup’s life was also influenced by injustice. His grandfather lost his farm when a banker explained he didn’t believe a deaf man could operate a farm.

There are approximately 1 million functionally deaf people in the United States. As many as 14% of adults are deaf or hard of hearing, many of them over the age of 65. About 8 million are hard of hearing, that is, they have difficulty hearing a normal conversation even when wearing a hearing aid. About 70% of deaf people are unemployed or underemployed.

For more insights, be sure to watch my interview with Soukup in the video player above.

About 40 years ago, CSD was founded by Soukup’s father, Ben Soukup, who was also deaf. While many people assumed that the younger Soukup would follow in his father’s footsteps at the helm of the organization, he did not, at least not until he got to college.

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New 'Impact Security' Could Revolutionize Philanthropy - Catarina Schwab, NPX - #587
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December 26, 2017 06:00 AM PST
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Catarina Schwab, 43, and Lindsay Beck have set out to completely revolutionize philanthropy. Their firm, NPX, Inc., has introduced a new security to Wall Street called the “Impact security,” which they hope will end the practice of funding nonprofits without impact.

Problems in philanthropy

Ted Williams, Managing Partner at Springbok Partners and an advisor to NPX, explained the problems in philanthropy today. “The nonprofit sector is woefully lacking creative destruction. Mediocre and weak organizations are still attracting funding and the best organizations are not accessing the funding they need to achieve real impact. The only way to get to a more efficient and robust nonprofit market is to reward good organizations and penalize bad ones. This will only occur when there are economic consequences tied to impact.”

For her part, Schwab says, “The nonprofit capital market is opaque and inefficient. It is a trillion-dollar industry and the money is being wasted. And it's being wasted at the expense of human lives and the environment.” Watch the interview with Schwab in the video player above.”

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Why Diabetics Want Pockets in Their Knickers and Where to Get Them - Laurel Bloomfield - #586
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December 21, 2017 02:39 PM PST
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Type 1 Diabetics, those who typically contract the disease as children and not as a result of a lack of diet or exercise, are entirely dependent upon insulin. Today’s insulin delivery and blood glucose monitoring use devices--insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors--that must be connected to them all the time. Finding a comfortable, invisible, convenient place to hold those devices is a relatively new challenge that Pocket Innerwear is helping to solve.

Interview with Laurel Bloomfield, the Co-Founder VP of Pocket Innerwear.

The following is the pre-interview with Laurel Bloomfield. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

We strive to make life with Diabetes easier. While insulin pump therapy provides greater diabetes control, it also causes complications and questions. Where do I put this thing? Can I wear my regular clothes? What if I drop it? What if I pull out my site too early? Can I run, jump and play? What about night time? What is the PumpPocket by Pocket Innerwear? This patented design was created so people who are insulin dependent would have a clever place to put their insulin pump. There is an outlet to allow the pump's tubing to safely be fed through the back and connect to the infusion site. Your pump remains safe, secure and concealed while preventing your tubing from getting caught or tangled. All of this in discreet layering undergarments!

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Partnering With the DiCaprio Foundation Re-Volv Completes Crowdfunding Campaign in 1 Day - #585
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December 21, 2017 12:56 PM PST
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Leonardo DiCaprio helped Faith Baptist Church raise more than $15,000 in a single day with support from his foundation and a few well-timed tweets on #GivingTuesday. The funds will be used to put solar panels on the church, helping it fulfil its mission to feed the hungry at lower cost while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Preliminary Interview with Andreas Karelas, the Executive Director of RE-volv.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

Crowdfunding page: https://re-volv.org/project/faithbaptistchurch/

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

Faith Baptist Church plays a critical role in the East Oakland community. One of the ways they serve the community is through their Food Giving Program, where volunteers give out food to those less fortunate. Faith Baptist Church gives out over 100 tons of food every year. Every other week, people from East Oakland and beyond line up at the Church to receive free food to feed their families. Faith Baptist church feeds over 300 families every month with its Food Giving Program.

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Hiroshima Survivor Has a Message for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un: 'No More Hiroshima' - #584
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December 21, 2017 06:00 AM PST
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Toshiharu Kano, 71, was born seven months after the United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Pregnant with Kano and living less than 1 kilometer or about half a mile from the center of the blast, his mother Shizzue Neomoto miraculously survived. She took her two children to a nearby military base. His brother, just 18 months old, died within 60 days of the bombing.

As a survivor, Kano endured a variety of physical challenges. His immune system was impaired and got mumps seven times. Labeled by society as defective, Kano and his family were spurned. By age ten, he felt so rejected that he seriously contemplated suicide. He was repeatedly told he was damaged goods.

Ultimately, Kano and his family immigrated to the United States. Here in the U.S., Kano thrived. He says he's missed only 10 days of work or school in the past 47 years. He attended the University of Utah and earned a BS in mechanical engineering.

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Young Chicago Filmmaker Aims Lens At Difficult Issues - Dontell Antonio - #583
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December 14, 2017 09:43 PM PST
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Dontello Antonio, 27, is a filmmaker who is bringing attention to taboo subjects, from drug abuse to sex trafficking in his new short film "The Hopeless Journey." While not strictly autobiographical, the story incorporates personal life experiences.

The following is the pre-interview with Dontell Antonio. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

Everything I do is to empower the people to be great at what they love and feel they should strive very hard at what they love.

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