The sports jacket really is waterproof and you'll find me walking around Brooklyn sporting mine. Here's the Saboteur website. If you get one for yourself -- drop me a note!
One of his goals, he said, is to put together a team of angels that would help local start-ups recruit engineering talent by showing up at college career fairs where banks, hedge funds, as well as big tech companies like Google and Microsoft have historically been dominant. "As far as I know, there isn't some secret bar where all the angels hang out and smoke cigars and talk about startups," Mr. Ohanian said, "but there's something to be said for at least organizing them in order to take some of their money and-without getting too socialist!-- invest in things that will be beneficial for everyone. It's in every angel's best interest to make New York a more attractive place for start-ups.
Yep, baby angel sounds about right :) Thanks for the writeup, Leon! Can't wait to call myself a New Yorker.
There are more opportunities than ever to do business while doing good. Starting an uncorporation called Breadpig was the way I did it, but “social enterprise” (as the kids are calling it these days) comes in lots of forms. This will be a chance to learn exactly how we’ve done fun stuff like creating “LOL Magnetic Poetry” and publishing xkcd: volume 0 -- all while donating their profits to organizations that do in fact make the world suck less. And what if you’re just a typical web 2.0 company aspiring to world domination? There are plenty of ways to use your resources to make the world suck a bit less, as well as tax incentives that add to the endorphin rush. We’ll go through it all, only with lots of cute animal photos to make up for the tax discussions. You’ll get a very informative, candid, and sometimes absurd presentation from our two presenters.
- What are some protips for collaborating with traditional nonprofits for geeks?
- How do I find great nonprofits to work with?
- What are the basics of giving for web 2.0 companies? Tax & goodwill advantages for donating company time & resources?
- How can I make and sell tangible things (step-by-step guides to whatever the audience votes for: books, shirts, LOLmagnetz, Spam Fortune Cookies)?
- WTF is a breadpig? And is it delicious?
If you're going to be in Austin for SXSW in 2011 (or even if you're not), I humbly request that you take a gander at my proposal and vote for it if you like what you see. I'll be presenting along side Christina Xu (cofounder of ROFLCon) and we'll be polling the audience in real-time for the areas you'd like us to focus on.
Our aim at Breadpig has always been to share everything we've learned, so in keeping with that tradition, we'll be providing all the tutorials you could hope for to create your own Breadpig-killer :)
There's a special ring you have to wear in order to access the building during these off hours ;)
We're shooting a video for a secret product! You'll hear about it on Wednesday.
Yay for marriages!
I forgot to post this sooner. The quote should probably be "If you want to succeed [in social media], you've got to be okay to just lose control" to give proper context from my TED Talk, but I'm just thrilled to have been captured (and my head sticker-ized) in a StartupQuote. Thanks.
I've also finally joined Steve :) who has a much funnier quote.