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'Bank of Bob' finances $25 startups

For years, writer Bob Harris enjoyed a unique opportunity - traveling to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world on behalf of ForbesTraveler.com. [...] as he bounced from one five-star palace to another, he felt uneasy about the inequality of the industry: [...] some friends joined in, building...

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Zynga teams up with nonprofits for games

The Knight Foundation and San Francisco gaming company Zynga are delving into digital games that are meant not just for entertainment, but also for social impact. Mayur Patel, vice president of strategy and assessment at the Knight Foundation, says that games have transformed, becoming a "pervasive" part of our culture,...

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Group lets Indian professionals pitch in

Among the projects the group has helped support are women's empowerment communities, low-cost prosthetics units, annual health camps and care for senior citizens. A longtime employee of Xerox, he had a desire to blend social impact with his everyday working career after a stint in 1978 when he took a...

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Socap conference for social enterprises

Like the other young, idealistic entrepreneurs around him at San Francisco's Social Capital Markets 2012, an annual conference better known as Socap, he had spent the past two days going from panel to panel. [...] near hammocks (provided by Bay Area social enterprise Yellow Leaf Hammocks) where others rested and...

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Inveneo bringing broadband to developing countries

Google.org took note and supported Inveneo with a $182,000 grant as the group's workers stayed in Haiti to build a broadband network amid the destruction, partnering with Haitian technology companies and training local talent to maintain and service it after everyone left. The small social enterprise, based in San Francisco,...

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Global Social Benefit Incubator still strong

Shivani Siroya is a petite woman hammering away at a tall task - building a model of credit scores for the poor in India. On a recent weekday in Santa Clara, she took her audacious enterprise before a group of investors, professors and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley - many of...

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S.F. businesses' bicycle delivery practical, green

The idea was born during a trip to South America, where they were inspired by family farms producing top-quality coffee beans. [...] though, they've been invited into shops that are too far to reach by bike, forcing them to make tough business decisions. Sales have grown to 2,000 pounds per...

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Ayesha, Parag Khanna on TED book 'Hybrid Reality'

Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization is part of a new series of e-books from TED, the nonprofit technology think tank. In it, authors Ayesha and Parag Khanna look at the latest trends in technology - in particular, how they can be managed, adapted and utilized for society's benefit. Parag...

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Millennials set off on train trip with a purpose

Millennials tackle pressing issues, talk with leading thinkers as they ride the rails Early Friday, a 1950s Amtrak train chugged out of Emeryville, carrying a group of Millennials on a journey from San Francisco to Washington, stopping in seven cities along the way to meet with entrepreneurs and community leaders....

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Water.org, nonprofit with a venture fund

Water.org isn't your typical nonprofit - it has its own venture fund and a growing number of supporters in Silicon Valley who want to use their tech savvy to help provide clean water to 1 billion people around the world. [...] in Haiti, Water.org is partnering with local mobile phone...

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Jenny Bowen honored for work with Chinese orphans

INNOVATION Bay Area social entrepreneur shows Chinese government how to aid orphans In 1997, the independent filmmaker and screenwriter adopted a girl from a welfare institution in southern China. Bowen, 66, was one of five "encore entrepreneurs" - entrepreneurs over 60 who are using enterprise to make a positive social...

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Fibershed Project - artist urges local clothing

[...] more than three dozen farmers and designers had agreed to design pieces for her yearlong wardrobe of bioregional clothing. Burgess was determined to pay farmers, mills, pattern-makers and others fairly for providing garments made, start-to-finish, within 150 miles of her home in Marin County. [...] they're building an online...

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Fair trade crucial ingredient in Numi Organic Teas

A little more than a decade ago, two Iraqi American siblings were vacationing at the Grand Canyon when they decided to create a tea company that prized art and social justice. For Reem Rahim, his sister and co-founder, a near-fatal car accident as a college student studying biomedical engineering led...

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Two Degrees energy bars support famine relief

Employees of Facebook, Cisco and Hewlett-Packard are among those who can now use a snack break to help feed children in drought- and famine-ridden parts of the world. In this case, for every Two Degrees energy bar purchased, the company provides a peanut-paste packet to a starving child in Malawi...

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Ideo executives tout 'creative confidence' in the workplace

Ideo executives tout 'creative confidence' in the workplace David is also the founder, and Tom is his partner at Ideo, a San Francisco design consulting firm that has helped clients ranging from Apple to Procter & Gamble and Microsoft. The firm's most famous client, Steve Jobs, used Ideo to help...