Two Examples of Micro Fundraising Today

Two great examples of micro-fundraising today. First Andrew Hyde and the folks from StartupWeekend had a goal of $500 to cover dinner for Startup Weekend Boston. Using Crowdfunder he is at $550 with a $200 anonymous donation. For dinner. This is a fund raiser for dinner. Interesting.

Crowdfunding Startup Weekend Boston

So now we can all use our iPhones and chip in for dinner.

On a far loftier scale, we have Beth Kanter’s personal fundraising campaign to send a girl to college.

Twitter, Facebook, Chris Brogan and 52 other people send Cambodian girl to college!

From a tech perspective and a social perspective, both of these are wonderful occurrences. Fun with money.

“Pimp My Non Profit” Panel for SXSW 08 Makes the List!


  light at the end of the sxsw tunnel 
  Originally uploaded by eschipul

Yea! The SXSW 2008 Panel initial results are in and the Pimp My Non Profit Panel made the list! WHOOOOOOOP! The initial SXSW panel list, subject to change of course, is posted on the SXSW site.

As a recap, the topic for the Pimp My Non Profit panel is:

Non profit groups struggle with funding and public support issues on a
daily basis. Yet many have overcome the odds and made a splash online
and offline by using the latest Web technologies — for pennies on the
dollar. This discussion will center around the stories, strategies,
triumphs and challenges of innovative non profits with a passion for
change and the cajones to rock it out online.

I am the official "cat herder" as the moderator. The panelists planned are (note – Seth was unavailable due to travel so Michaela is joining us – Thanks Michaela!):

Beth Kanter, bethkanter.org
Rachel Weidinger, Strategy for Social Entrepreneurs and on Netsquared here.
Michaela Hackner, Girls with Macs and World Learning.
Erin Denny, Senior Product Manager, YouthNoise Initiatives

So a couple shout outs. First – thanks to Netsquared, Britt, Marnie, Beth, Katie, Jason. Beth also introduced me to Michaela who I am really looking forward to meeting in person soon. A special THANK YOU to Katie as she is the one who came up with the "Pimp My Non Profit" theme and panel description.

OK, now before Britt says anything I need to go and actually post to the Netsquared blog for a change!

The photo? Just a good visual to go with the LONG WAIT between the panel picker votes closing and the announcements. Thanks for the hard work Hugh! I can’t imagine SXSW panel selection is easy!

Tornado Scare at the Pub


Tornado Scare at the Pub
Originally uploaded by eschipul

Fort Smith Arkansas. Killing a bit of time before going back to the hotel. Walking around taking pictures on Garrison Avenue in Fort Smith (see previous in series). It starts to rain a bit so I dash into the one open pub – Roosters.

The rain picks up a bit, but being from Houston I respectfully submit that I am more familiar with rain than the folks in Arkansas. We live in a swamp that got paved over for heaven’s sake! So there I am at the bar drinking a bud light. Listening to the locals and … well doing nothing.

A guy comes running back into the bar and hollers “Man, look at that!” referring to the rapidly picking up wind. The door to the bar being pulled open and the rain went horizontal in less than a minute. The speed was scary.

Next man says “funnel cloud” and “GET IN THE BASEMENT Y’ALL” – and (the rest of the story is on flickr here)