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

A Quick Update to Start 2016

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A few notes to start 2016… After 5 years living a fairly nomadic life, I finally set some roots and moved back to my old stomping grounds, Queen Anne in Seattle (an awesome place to live), on August 1st. If you haven’t talked to me personally and you don’t read Geek Estate (there is no reason to if you’re not in the real estate industry), you likely don’t know I’ve been consulting for Homely / StreetAdvisor for the past few months (since June). We’ve been spending our effort getting new reviews for the best neighborhoods in Seattle & cities in the surrounding area such as Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond and working on a site redesign. I’m still … Continue reading

Posted In: Life

The Big Short

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Pretty damn interesting movie about the events leading up to the financial crash/crisis of 2007 and 2008. I highly recommend watching if you’re looking for a film to see in the next couple weeks.

Posted In: Business, Random

Kricket, a map-based, anonymous network helping refugees find safety and resources through crowdsourced geotagged information

If you’re at all interested in the ongoing refugee situation, there’s a Kickstarter campaign for Kricket you should support.

Posted In: Philanthropy

Inspiration is for Amateurs

Via Arnold Waldstein: Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work. I agree, and love that quote. It’s plays into the fact I don’t think there is an inspiration problem in travel in need of solving.

Posted In: Life

Thoughts from the Seattle Angel Conference

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Last Wednesday, I volunteered some time at the Seattle Angel Conference at Impact Hub (where I am a member) to man the front desk for a few hours, and wanted to put a few thoughts down on paper (or, into a database with a keyboard technically). The turnout was impressive; I’d say about 100 people in total. I, of course, am not an angel investor – so didn’t know much about the Seattle Angel community in Seattle that John Sechrest has cultivated over the years. The energy in the room was great. Josh Maher, a longtime friend, was the keynote speaker. Josh recently published a book, Startup Wealth, and touched on a wide rang of topics related to angel … Continue reading

Posted In: Business, Technology

Not Surprised to see Vizio Selling User Data

I saw the news today that Vizio is selling user data. Not surprised in the least. You have to wonder, are we nearing a tipping point to people being fed up with the advertising industry’s impact (that’s where the demand for more data is coming from) on their privacy?

Posted In: Online Marketing