Evrnu, Recycled Cotton, the the Future of Apparel

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I’m a huge fan of big crazy ambitious goals to benefit society, and I see enormous value in what Evrnu is working on. They are recycling cotton garment waste to create renewable fiber. And, yes, Seattle is an amazing place where world changing ideas are being started.

Posted In: Technology

Seattle Angel Conference IX Recap

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Friday marked the 9th Seattle Angel Conference. I spent the day at Impact HUB, watching the pitches and mingling in the crowd. This is the second SAC I’ve volunteered at, and I noticed an increase in attendance from November’s event. The day started off with several alumni updates previous events, a few open remarks by John Sechrest, and then Bob Crimmins laid out the agenda for the rest of the day. Wade Brooks, executive director of Angel Resource Institute, spoke about tracking angel returns. He had a data set of 136 complete investments, and shared some findings from the HALO reports (released quarterly). Average deal size was $915,000, while the median was $505,000. 70% of outcomes in the Halo dataset are failures. … Continue reading

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Horizon’s Android is Ready for Open Testing, with Sublet Support

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We released our Android beta of Horizon on Product Hunt. The big change in the product is that we now support posting and finding sublet opportunities. Most people find a shared room to live in for several months the exact same way they find a place crash for 2 or 3 nights — but sublets come with a much stronger host incentive to fill their room (since they are paying for that room regardless of if someone is living in it). If you are on Android, please give it a go and let me know what you think. PS: Do you or someone you know have a room you’re looking to sublet? I’d especially love feedback from … Continue reading

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The Dream We Haven’t Yet Dreamed

Awesome new TED talk…

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Engineering Marvel

[via John Battelle]

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What Annoys the Shit Out of You?

It annoys the shit out of me that so many people don’t understand the reality of the world we live in, and aren’t curious enough to take the initiative to learn. What about you? [more context here & here]

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The Borgen Project

I came across the Borgen Project (via listening to the Generation App podcast on Craigslist, hearing Cara talk about finding roommates & being interested due to our recent focus on sublets, looking at her Twitter bio). The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. We’re the innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. What it is: History: Yep, as you can imagine based on prior writing, that seems like a worthwhile mission to me.

Posted In: Philanthropy