SXSW Startups: GoTech Puts Out Fires

Austin Startup

Based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as Rwanda, GoTech is resolved to develop, design and implement solutions to help communities respond to fire. Ever since then, SXSW resurfaces in so many of my conversations. GoTech is based in the DRC and Rwanda. SXSW Startups: GoTech Puts Out Fires was originally published in Austin Startups on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Counting On ‘Social Capital’: The New Way To Evaluate Entrepreneurial Worth

YoungUpstarts

Even if we are fortunate enough to have the time to converse one-on-one, face-to-face, most of our interactions with each other have some element of digitization. For the last two years the company has been measuring and scoring the social capital of entrepreneurs in Kigali, Rwanda. by Chris Hale, CEO and Founder of kountable, Inc. Entrepreneurs hustle. It’s part of the deal—table stakes.

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5 Takeaways from the 2012 Skoll World Forum | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Campus Entrepreneurship

I had a fascinating conversation with Andrea Coleman of Riders for Health who found the Skoll Foundation’s focus on outcomes liberating from the regime of randomized control trials imposed by other funders. It was good to see Jed Emerson (father of social return on investment) make a return to the forum and say that he was glad to see the measurement conversation finally happening in earnest.

The Gender Issue Part II

thebarefootvc

It is great to see that a conversation is finally evolving on the importance of gender diversity in the technology and venture capital sectors. On my trip to Rwanda last year I wrote a blog post on why I thought diversity in general was important. My twitter stream and email inbox has been full of links to the NY Times article published yesterday — Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley.

Leapfrogging into the Future

thebarefootvc

In a year of fascinating conversations, a few stood out. One such conversation was with a doctor from Burma. Including Rwanda, which now has over 60% female representation in its Parliament – instrumental in healing the country from its horrific 1994 genocide. We live in strange times, and sometimes it seems that the world is spinning backwards.

Leapfrogging into the Future

thebarefootvc

In a year of fascinating conversations, a few stood out. One such conversation was with a doctor from Burma. Including Rwanda, which now has over 60% female representation in its Parliament – instrumental in healing the country from its horrific 1994 genocide. We live in strange times, and sometimes it seems that the world is spinning backwards.

Leapfrogging into the Future

thebarefootvc

In a year of fascinating conversations, a few stood out. One such conversation was with a doctor from Burma. Including Rwanda, which now has over 60% female representation in its Parliament – instrumental in healing the country from its horrific 1994 genocide. We live in strange times, and sometimes it seems that the world is spinning backwards.