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Tech 'startup for good' marks 10 years

Original post made on Mar 26, 2012

Palo Alto engineer Jim Fruchterman felt like he was violating an unwritten Silicon Valley code two decades ago when he ditched a character-recognition startup to launch a nonprofit that employed the same technology in service to the blind.

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Posted by local "starving" social "artist"
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

This is wonderful.

I heard an NPR program a few years ago with an author who had a book with a list of the most significant innovations in human history, including a review of how they were funded. The surprising conclusion was that philanthropy was responsible more than government or private industry (in that order). As Steve Jobs said: Motivation Matters. (Does anyone know the book? I have been looking for it and can't remember the author!)

I just took a look at www.SocialCoding4Good.org, and it appears to be a matching site mainly for volunteers for those specific nonprofit projects they have chosen, kind of along the lines of volunteermatch.org, rather than a matching site for social entrepreneurs to get resources and support to launch or grow their projects, like changemakers.org. (It might be nice to clarify in the story, given how it was written, I though it sounded like an even more proactive new site like changemakers.)


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