Post to My Blog 12/07/2011

Posted: December 7, 2011 in everything and more
  • Our goal at Indego Africa is to put ourselves out of business, literally. We’ve joined forces with noted fashion designer Nicole Miller because we believe she can help us do exactly that. Indego Africa, a nonprofit social enterprise, connects for-profit cooperatives of women artisans in Rwanda with export markets for their goods and provides training to help them run their businesses more effectively. Specifically, we market the handmade accessories and home décor items that our partner cooperatives produce on our e-commerce site and to US brands and retail chains. Then we pool the profits with donations to fund training programs in financial management, entrepreneurship, literacy, and computers—all of which are taught by Rwanda’s top university students. By helping our partner cooperatives tap into new markets, generate sales, and acquire functional skills, we believe we can help them to create viable, sustainable businesses that can provide a path out of poverty. And if we do it right, at some point they won’t need us anymore.

    tags: Design

  • We all know that stories can be powerful motivators. Good ones can change the way we think and act and inspire us to heroic efforts. So it’s especially troubling that so many reports from the developing world deliver a relentless drumbeat of bleak news about famine, AIDS, genocide, and other catastrophes. The stories may be accurate as far as they go, but the sheer magnitude of the problems they depict discourages positive action. As Jeff Davidoff, chief marketing officer at ONE told me, “It’s not that people don’t care. It’s that they worry that caring is not enough. That no matter how much we care, we won’t be able to make a dent in the world’s big problems.”

    tags: Technology

  • Between 2006 and 2007, I found myself living in the small Kenyan village of Kilifi. Kilifi is located on one of Kenya’s major thoroughfares, connecting the cities of Mombasa and Malindi, and as a result is the frequent site of serious traffic accidents. The Kilifi local district hospital provided emergency support to the victims of these accidents, which would regularly deplete blood supplies at the relatively small hospital. Messages would periodically circulate around the hospital asking for volunteer donors of a specific blood type, and hospital workers became emergency blood donors far more often than is preferable. This situation was at least partially due to the lack of direct communication between Kenya’s rural hospitals and the country’s central blood banks.

    tags: Technology

  • With a 9 percent annual growth rate, India is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But corruption remains a serious problem; in 2010, Transparency International ranked the country 87th out of 178 countries in its annual corruption perception index. Indian citizens are regularly forced to pay bribes for everything from birth certificates to driver’s licenses—with little recourse for changing the situation. Individuals who blow the whistle on rent-seeking officials face the threat of retribution, a risk to both themselves and their families.Technology has the potential to rapidly change this state of affairs.

    tags: Technology

  • Our fifth annual survey on the way organizations use social tools and technologies finds that they continue to seep into many organizations, transforming business processes and raising performance.

    tags: Technology

  • Marketers agree that digital tools and technologies are valuable, though many of their companies struggle to measure the financial impact and capture customer data.

    tags: Marketing

  • To find out how young entrepreneurs can succeed in the business world today, I spoke to Alexis Ohanian. He is the retired co-founder of reddit (acquired by Condé Nast) and presently founder of breadpig, trustee of the Awesome Foundation, angel investor, and a Kiva Fellow. Reddit gets over 30 million visitors a month and is one of the most trafficked websites in the world. His first book is tentatively called Without Your Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made – Not Managed. In this interview, Alexis tells his story about how he founded one of the most popular sites on the net, summarizes his new book, gives tips for young entrepreneurs and more.

    tags: Entrepreneurship

  • Science Exchange, a Y Combinator-backed company that’s helping to streamline the way scientific research is conducted, has raised $1.5 million from an elite group of investors. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Yuri Milner, Crosslink Capital, Morado Venture Partners (Ash Patel), Lerer Ventures, Webb Investment Network (Maynard Webb), Start Fund, SV Angel, Sam Altman, XG Ventures, Jack Jia and Joe Eandi.

    tags: Funding

  • The US may have the prestigious Y Combinator and TechStars, but there’s a growing legion of tech incubator and mentoring programmes starting to crop up in the UK too.

    tags: Incubation

  • The number of tech incubators has skyrocketed. And that has investors and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs such as Max Levchin concerned.

    tags: Incubation

  • Last week, Erick wrote about the dramatic increase in startups and early-stage businesses we’ve been seeing over the last few years, likening the phenomenon to the Cambrian Explosion. In these fertile times for startups, naturally, there’s plenty of funding to be had: In the last year, according to CrunchBase, there were more than 1,100 seed/angel funding rounds, up from 855 in 2008.

    tags: Funding VentureCapital

  • Promoboxx, a TechStars Boston 2011 company focused on brand-to-retailer marketing, has just closed its seed round of $565,000. The funding comes from individual angels Dave Balter, Peter Bordes, Adam Berrey, Jean Hammond and others. In addition, institutions including SK Ventures, Brand Ventures, and Launch Capital have also committed.

    tags: Technology

  • tags: Technology

  • tags: Marketing

  • tags: Entrepreneurship

  • RESTON, US: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the US mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending October 2011.

    tags: Mobile

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