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Outsourcing Done Right: Impact Hub and The Case for Impact Sourcing


In September 2010, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that 86 percent of Americans agreed that U.S. companies utilizing outsourced services in foreign countries was one of the contributors to this country’s economy and unemployment. For Dave Haft, this percentage is surely concerning – after all, he founded Impact Hub, a startup built on the business of outsourcing – but… Read more »

Lily&Strum: A Successful Re-Branding


Let’s do a quick startup name etymology with Lily&Strum. “Lily” comes from the beautiful lilies that Traci Lipple would receive from her co-founder and husband Joe as a “just because” gift. The “Strum” is an homage to Joe Strummer, the musician who inspired their attitude and thinking towards relationships. When you combine the two into… Read more »

Uruut is All About “U” and Your Roots in the Community


How would you pronounce the name Uruut? Bobby Norwood, COO, let me in on a little secret: it’s a lot simpler than it seems. Actually pronounced “you-root,” Uruut is all about “U” and your roots in the community. “As the definition of community evolves to embrace changing technology, this doesn’t mean only your local neighborhood,” says Norwood…. Read more »

Follow Through on Your Good Intentions, Use BOND


I rarely interrupt my morning breakfast ritual for anything, but an email I got the other day forced my hand. There was something different about this email, though, because inside was a beautifully designed and laid-out electronic note. The top reads, “Introducing BOND, it’s now easy to be exceptional with handwritten notes and cool gifts.”… Read more »

Boost Your Cause with VideoJuice


Popular crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are a brilliant way to promote your project. They are platforms that allow people to engage with your concept and ultimately buy into your vision. Usually, you’ve made nothing tangible yet; it will be made if – and only if – a number of people get behind it. Crowdfunding sites… Read more »

This 1.5 Inch Sticker Will Make You Undetectable to Mosquitoes

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In 2011, halfway into a five-month backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail, I was forced to pay an emergency visit to the hospital due to blurred vision, migraines, and severe fatigue. After running a series of tests, the doctors hypothesized that I was dehydrated, filled me with an intravenous saline solution, and sent me on… Read more »

Decode Global: Engaging Youth Through Social Impact Games


Angry Birds is about the present genocide of green pigs, in retaliation for past grievances committed against the birds in 1748, right? Okay, so maybe not, but what if mobile gaming could be utilized to narrate modern, global issues and mobilize (see what I did there?) youth activism? Well, that’s what Angelique Mannella hopes to… Read more »

Greenease: Find the Best DC Restaurants Sourcing from Local Farms


Today, Greenease launched its search engine for finding DC restaurants with sustainable, local, and healthy foods. Their launch coincides with Eat Local First Week, a celebration of local food in DC where Greenease is a sponsor. Greenease’s rather plain-looking search engine lets you filter restaurants on a variety of criteria: with locally sourced food, sustainable… Read more »

VolunteerMark Makes Managing Volunteers Easy for Nonprofits


The day-to-day for a nonprofit is busy, to say the least. Keeping track of volunteers and their hours, information, and participation history is time-consuming and often falls to the bottom of the agenda. But Andrew Stanley and Venkat Dulipalli – the good Samaritans that they are – decided to take this problem head-on. VolunteerMark was designed specifically… Read more »

Connecting for Good Brings Wifi to Low-Income Communities


So far, nonprofit Connecting for Good has brought free wireless Internet to 600 households in three low-income housing projects in Kansas City. They think that an Internet connection is the gateway to countless opportunities. “We believe there is a growing underclass in America: the unconnected.  Without an Internet connection, they are unable to apply for… Read more »

Sunlution Aims to Make Solar Power Cost Efficient and Global


Jeff Roth, founder of Sunlution, has worked in the power utility and solar photovoltaic (PV) industry most of his life. Through his experience, Roth noticed a need for lower-cost solar PV products that made solar power more practical. Roth has already filed a utility patent for Sunlution’s first product, a grounding spring that is NEC… Read more »

Meet and Treat New Connections with myTreat


In recent years, online meeting sites and applications have focused on bringing the online connection offline for in-person meetings. The only problem is, these online sites are primarily focused on dating. Eric Lai and Ben Tao saw this as an opportunity to build a solution for users who want to make real-world connections online, but… Read more »