Blog: Neal Gorenflo
The Founder Institute (FI), whose tag line is "Globalizing Silicon Valley", just posted the below infographic outlining how they incubated 415+ companies in two and half years. It'll be interesting to see how many of these actually make a dent in the world. I also wonder whether these companies address key social and environmental challenges or are just business as usual in another, albeit sexier form - the startup.
DAY 1 PART 1: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
TIME: 9:30am - 4pm
LOCATION: Parsons, The New School Eugene Lang Building, Wollman Hall 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor
TRAINS: L to 6th Ave or F, M to 14th St.
Yesterday morning, I put a set of folding shelves, a stainless steel trash can, and a smaller plastic trash can at the end of our driveway with signs that said, "FREE". I went inside to get more stuff to give away. When I returned 15 minutes later, a woman was hauling the trash cans away on her bike. The shelves were already gone.
I went to Zuccoti Park on Saturday, October 22 to participate in Occupy Wall Street with the little time that I had as someone with a family, a mortgage, who is also managing a startup nonprofit. I was in New York for a short stay to attend Contactcon and help promote Shareable's upcoming event ShareNY.
Well, I thought I'd wait until November 5th (today), Bank Transfer Day, to actually transfer money from my big bank to Prosper, the leading peer to peer lending marketplace. Turns out it isn't that simple. And seems others are figuring that out too, like my friend Liz McLellan of Hyperlocavore who noted on Shareable's Facebook wall that her bank is closed today.
When I arrived at my Airbnb rental after flying all day from California, Terri, my host, offered me a beer. A cold beer sounded pretty good after a trying day of travel. So I sat down at the big kitchen table across from her and we began to chat.
Where does 3D printing and species protection intersect? Hermit crabs, apparently. Makerbot Industries, who make do-it-yourself 3D printers, launched Project Shellter last Tuesday. Project Shellter intends to leverage the Makerbot community's design talent and network of 5,000 3D printers to design and produce shells for hermit crabs who face a species threatening, man-made housing shortage.
I had a dream of a well-organized multi-family garage sale. Alas, it did not happen. Life intruded, and the sale flopped as a sale but succeeded in unexpected ways.
I planned to follow the advice of Jessica Reeder about how to throw a successful yard sale. However, I disregarded her first bit of advice - start planning early - and that pretty much sealed the sale's fate. Consider this post one where you learn from my mistakes.
Every last Friday of the month there's a mass, a Critical Mass that is -- the self-organized bicycle happening that momentarily reclaims the streets of San Francisco for bicyclists and pedestrians. Last Friday, I partook in the mass.
Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and publisher of Shareable Magazine, a nonprofit online magazine about sharing. As a former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal is perhaps an unlikely voice for sharing. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through Internet startups, publishing, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good.