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Entries from December 30th, 2009

Urbana 2009 – Outreach to the Poor

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal, socent

Tweet Right now in St. Louis, there are nearly 20,000 college students and recent grads who are gathered at the Edward Jones Dome (home of the Rams) at the Urbana 2009 conference. This triennial 5-day conference is one focused on inspiring young people to live out their Christian faith by engaging in world missions, with [...]

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Congratulations, Founders IB!

December 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Personal, tech

Tweet During my junior year over winter break, I had the good fortune to be able to do a short internship at Founders Investment Banking, based in Birmingham, Alabama. I was hired to be an analyst for Founders’ recently-started Internet and Digital Media Group and actually managed to work on two deals, both of which [...]

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The Power of Social Media

December 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment · tech

Tweet These days, it seems as if I cannot go a day without reading another story or news article about the power of social media. While many of us benefit from the conveniences that the Twitters and WordPresses of the world bring us, I feel that sometimes we underestimate the ability of social media to [...]

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New Uses for Old Technology

December 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Personal, tech

Tweet Edit: Some of the following links have now been disabled by Google. However, accessing Google Translate directly still gives you text-to-speech capability. Have you ever wanted to send a short message through spoken word but didn’t have the time or hardware to make a recording, transfer a file to your computer, and upload online? [...]

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Hunch, a Game (And Tool) for Decision-Making

December 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments · tech

Tweet In college, I really enjoyed statistics courses. Why? Of particular interest to me was regression analysis, since I found the the ability to draw connections between two often seemingly unrelated variables to be fascinating. It’s not surprising, then, that a start-up focused on powering decision-making by taking advantage of the insights of correlation is [...]

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December 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments · socent

Tweet In the realm of social entrepreneurship, one of the simplest ways to categorize social enterprises is to lump them into the following two (very general) categories: Enterprises that have the explicit mission of helping solve a social problem, such as the provision of safe drinking water or portable restrooms, just as two examples Enterprises [...]

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VC and Entrepreneur Demographic Disparities

December 3rd, 2009 · 4 Comments · VC, socent

Tweet …………… In early October, Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital Partners wrote about the VC gender gap in the provocatively-titled “Are VCs Sexist?”,  where he talked about only 5-10% of the VC industry being female, and only 25% of VC partnerships having a single woman partner. As a result, these barriers to these barriers to [...]

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