Monthly Archives: October 2008

Chronicle of Philanthropy 400 Google Map

I just came across the Google map mash-up of the Chronicle of Philanthropy top 400.  First, just the simple fact that the Chronicle created this is just great — goes to show the power of a concrete image instead of … Continue reading

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What’s the right career move in the midst of an economic meltdown?

Take a chance. Really, things are bad in the economy anyway.  It’s a hard time to get a job.  Why not take a stab at that wild idea you’re hoping to get to…someday? Not long ago I was invited to … Continue reading

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Johnny Chung Lee’s Wii remote hacks and the power of sharing

Johnny Chung Lee figured out a way to turn a normal computer display into a close approximation of a virtual reality screen.  He also knows how to create an interactive whiteboard – which typically cost more than $1,000 – for … Continue reading

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Acumen Fund benefit Celebration on November 11

Act now!  Acumen Fund is holding its benefit Celebration on November 11th in New York City.  Tony Award winner Sarah Jones will be performing and we will be graced by the voice of Vusi Mahlasela.  It will be a colorful, … Continue reading

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A new world economic order?

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of conversation about whether the current economic meltdown represents the end of capitalism.  I think the short answer is ‘no,’ but I do think an era is over — one in which the total … Continue reading

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The Body Shop: when stories fall short

[EDITOR'S NOTE: I've been given a serious factual correction by Michael, the Brazilian fixer who worked for the photgrapher on this shoot.  Please see his comment below.  Bottom line is he's right and I was wrong in jumping to conclusions. … Continue reading

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A NonProfit CEO Manifesto (blame it on Seth Godin)

Inspired by Seth Godin, and his new book Tribes, I collected my thoughts after nearly two years in my current role at Acumen Fund. I wrote a manifesto.  You can read it here. This one isn’t for everyone, but you … Continue reading

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Do you have someone whose job it is to say no?

I’ve worked in organizations big and small, and what’s interesting about the big ones is that there are often a few people whose principal function seems to be to say “no” to things.  Sometimes they are lawyers but it really … Continue reading

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Sequoia Capital sounds the alarm bell

Sequoia Capital, one of the most well-respected venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, recently organized a meeting for the CEOs of its portfolio companies. The tagline?  “R.I.P.: Good Times”.   You can check out this write-up on  the GigaOM blog.  … Continue reading

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Ebony Hillbillies and the sounds of New York

Having been away for a week, I particularly appreciated hearing the sounds of the Ebony Hillbillies in the NYC Subway on my way to work on Friday (I don’t think the YouTube clip does them justice – try one of … Continue reading

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