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Farrah Bostic
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Do you live near and shop at Atlantic Center in Brooklyn, The Shops at Northern Boulevard in Queens, Palisades Center in Nyack, the Galleria in White Plains or Ridgefield Mall in Stamford? Know someone who does? Sign up here:

We're looking for 9 people (+1 friend each) to let us come visit and chat for an hour or so and then go with you to the mall... You'll get a $50 gift card for your participation, plus $25 for bringing a friend, and your friend will get a $50 gift card too! 

Let's go to the mall!
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A couple of years ago, I started a company to provide insight-driven product strategy. As we work with our clients and partners to improve or invent products and services, we rely on ACTUAL PEOPLE to help us develop that insight.  So now we're building a database of our own to make it easier for us to reach out to ACTUAL PEOPLE for their point of view, their experience and their feedback. We give presents to people who help us! :)

If you are interested in being part of this little community, sign up here

And please +1 to share with your community!
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Great news! The NYC Famine Hackathon is a go!

The NYC Famine Hackathon is a project of the 50/50: Make or Break Initiative. 50/50 is a platform built to launch 50 fundraising projects in 50 days, with a fundraising goal of £1 million. Each project aims to engage a network of supporters to help spread the word and generate as much money for famine aid to the crisis in East Africa as possible. 10 projects are already live - we hope to develop at least 5 more here in NYC on the weekend of September 23-25.

In collaboration with our sponsors, application monitoring solution AppFirst, and newly launched co-working space Grind, we're bringing folks from the startup and development community together with designers and marketers to develop and launch at least 5 fundraising projects over the course of one weekend.

Join us at Grind (419 Park Ave) on Friday, September 23 at 6pm to kick off the Hackathon.

Registration for the event is available here: It is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. We can't wait to see you there!
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Great example of a dead simple 50/50 project. Get involved!
Hi guys!

I'm collaborating with Made by Many and a bunch of awesome people to try and raise loads of money for famine in Eastern Africa. We are kicking off a number of projects this weekend, and we are going to need your help.

Please take a look at my first post here --I explain what I will do to earn your hard earned money :)

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The other day I saw a compelling call to action from +Rachel Sklar to the tech community to do something about the famine in East Africa: "Leaders lead."

Today +Nicki Sprinz at Made by Many alerted me to this: - and here's the description:

What is this?

East Africa needs help. We've got skills, you've got ideas – start donating your ideas to create money-raising digital projects.

How do I donate?

Start by creating an account, once you're registered you may either post ideas from this site, or by emailing from your registered email address; sum up your idea in the first 90 characters of your email's subject, you may give more detail in the email itself.

A few minutes after you post your idea, it will be Tweeted by @madebyideas for all to see, rank, and comment on. You'll be notified if someone claims your idea and starts work on it.

Let's get cracking.
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i LOVE this - especially Saarinen's list of Aline Bernstein's good qualities. WANT this book.
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Just noticing that the early friending pattern is more like twitter-meets-linkedin (shared industries/interests) than like facebook (shared schools/employers/friends). In fact, I'll be a little pretentious and say so far Google+ friending/following seems to be more about a shared present/future than about a shared past.

Also, just like Shirky's Cognitive Surplus argument that you have to have LOLcats to get Ushahidi, Google+ is showing me that you have to have animated gifs and goofy hangouts to get... Well, to get members co-mentoring on how to use the platform, connect it to others (e.g., Instagram), and ... to get whatever is coming next, I suppose. In the meantime, however, I'm in love with the gifs & the silly hangouts. There seems to be lots of opportunity & promise embedded in this playfulness.

But this could just be me.

Is that what you're seeing?
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