Monthly Archives: December 2006

make change

Last day to submit a video to Fight Hunger’s Video Contest. 


I’m traveling around Thailand for the next couple of weeks. I’ll try to keep notes updated on my wiki, and post observations on the blog and flog from time to time. I’ll be back in SF on 12/26, just in time for Jason and Carrie’s wedding. Considering this place is pretty well wired, don’t hesitate to eme @ (I’m having trouble accessing my MS Outlook mail via the web, pls send all email to: or skype me (billybicket) anytime.

(For weather afficionados: ~75F and sunny at the moment @ 7:30am Bangkok time).


“Worldchanging was founded on the idea that real solutions already exist for building the future we want. I’s just a matter of grabbing hold and getting moving.”

-World changing mission statement

Amen.  I feel lucky.  To live in a place that is bustling with so many smart, cool, radical people like Alex Steffen on a random Wednesdsay night. Alex is a brilliant writer and thinker, but what makes his work resonate so much with me is that he works at making his work accessible to everday Jane’s like me. If you don’t know these guys, pls check out this piece. If you like what you read there, be a sport and pickup a copy of the recently released Worldchanging book for someone you care about.  The pretty design and killer tips makes for a lovely holiday gift.

our team at net2 is hiring a biz dev pro

As most of you know, I work at a tech nonprofit by-day.  One of the projects I’m deeply involved in is our Netsquared project.  We’ve just begun the search for a Business Development Pro that will help us raise the support we need to make Year2 a success.  Questions or ideas, eme:, or Jennifer Schlegel, the Director of Events & COMM @

Feel free to share this opportunity with your socially-conscious techie friends!

Business Development Manager

Want to use your extraordinary sales and people skills to make a difference in the world? Is your ideal work environment one in which your contributions are welcomed and encouraged? Are you interested in working with fun, creative, talented people who feel passionately about making technology accessible to everyone? Looking for the energy and fast pace of a startup with the ability to make things happen?



The Business Development Manager provides key support for our events and conferences by:

  • Identifying and securing new sponsorships for cash and in-kind donations
  • Building and growing existing sponsor relationships
  • Implementing and overseeing all sponsorship deliverables


Sponsors may include major corporations and nonprofits, some of whom have existing relationships with TechSoup, an award-winning, established nonprofit organization with nearly 20 years of expertise in helping other nonprofits find and adopt the technology they need to more effectively serve their missions. (Read more about us in this New York Times article, A Boon for Nonprofits With Software Needs.”). Sponsorships range in size and scope from local to regional, national and industry leading international events and conferences, including our second annual NetSquared Conference which spotlights Web 2.0 technology tools for nonprofits. Last year’s event was hosted by Cisco Systems, sponsors included Symantec, AOL and Yahoo, and we garnered lots of media and blog attention, including this article by Michael Rogers, “Can Web 2.0 Change the World?”. (See more press and awards below in “Who We Are”). We’re looking for someone who can build on this impact and extend our reach.


The successful candidate is energetic and enthusiastic about helping nonprofits with technology, has proven sales/fundraising experience and the initiative to design a sponsorship strategy that meets (and exceeds!) TechSoup’s goals while offering compelling value for our partners. This position will be based on the overall ability to provide a high level of attention to fostering strong relationships with sponsors to ensure successful long-term partnerships.



Key responsibilities include:

  • Identify and cultivate new sponsor relationships
  • Strengthen and grow existing sponsor relationships
  • Solicit and secure paid sponsorships for each event according to event goals
  • Develop attractive sponsorship packages, including levels of sponsorship and corresponding benefit packages
  • Draft, negotiate, finalize and manage all sponsor agreements and contracts through delivery
  • Recommend and pursue new integrated business development strategies based on special promotions and new organizational programs and initiatives
  • Attend events and networking opportunities as appropriate and proactively promote TechSoup events/sponsorship opportunities to current and potential sponsors
  • Conduct market research, planning and analysis, as needed
  • Input on setting target revenue goals
  • Regularly report on performance progress, setbacks and solutions
  • Actively participate in event planning meetings


  • Minimum of three to five years experience in sales, marketing or business development in the for-profit sector and/or nonprofit sponsorships and fund raising
  • Demonstrated track record in meeting (and exceeding) sponsor/sales/funding goals
  • An interest in and working understanding of technology tools (particularly Web 2.0 – blogging, podcasting, social networking, etc.) and the nonprofit sector— a passion for them is even better!
  • Creativity and ability to identify and energetically pursue a range of sponsorship opportunities while promoting TechSoup and its mission
  • Familiarity with donors and sponsors in the for-profit business and emerging technology markets as well as private philanthropy
  • A basic knowledge and following of technology industry/social networking and media developments and trends
  • Proven ability to work successfully in an environment with a lot of ambiguity and constantly changing priorities
  • Management of simultaneous projects at a fast pace
  • Self-starting, strategic thinker



CompuMentor, the home of TechSoup, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help other nonprofits find and adopt the technology they need to more effectively serve their missions. Founded in 1987, we currently have more than 140 staff members and an annual budget of about $15.5 million.

Originally we concentrated on helping nonprofits and schools through a mentor-matching program and hands-on consulting. Six years ago, we launched TechSoup ( , which hosts online discussion forums, an events calendar, free worksheet and toolkit downloads, and many other resources — all geared towards helping nonprofits make better technology decisions. TechSoup, along with its TechSoup Stock ( technology product donation distribution service, has helped us expand our networking platform and services to more than 77,000 nonprofits in the U.S. and around the globe. In 2005, we launched the NetSquared ( project, which highlights nonprofits’ growing use of social web tools that dramatically increase their reach and impact.


We’re now embarking on a new strategic event planning initiative to in order to better reach out to, and bring together, the range of sectors and communities with which we have built strong working relationships— and those we’d like to work with.  


Press and awards include:

 article by Michael Rogers, “Can Web 2.0 change the world? Nonprofits embracing technology that built MySpace and YouTube.” (coverage of NetSquared Conference at Cisco Systems), 2006

          “#1 Nonprofit Technology Web site” by the IT Resource Guide for UK Charities, 2001

          New York Times article by Laurie Flynn, “A Boon for Nonprofits With Software Needs.” 2002

          1st Runner-Up Cisco Growing with Technology Award, 2003

          Grand Prize Winner, Inaugural Yale Business School-Pew Charitable Trust-Goldman Sachs Nonprofit Business Plan Competition, 2003

          Named by PC Magazine as one of the “sites you did not know you couldn’t live without.” 2004

          Founder and President Daniel Ben-Horin named one of 50 most influential nonprofit leaders by Nonprofit Times in 2004, 2005, 2006

          Invited Participant to European Technology Roundtable (ETRE) Conference, in Athens, 2005 and Barcelona, 2006


This is a full time, temporary position in a dynamic nonprofit organization. Starting date is as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin as they are received. Preliminary phone interviews will be followed by on-site interviews.

To apply:
1. Review our Web sites at , and
2. Send a cover letter / email that
Addresses your ability to do this work
~. Gives an overview of skills and experience
~ Demonstrates an understanding of or commitment to the nonprofit sector
~ Include your resume as plain text pasted within the body of your email (no attachments!) to
or fax to 415-633-9400.
3. NOTE: Attachments will not be opened.

what are you waiting for?

Create art. (via John Emerson)

clueful techie & activist event: Net Tuesday 12/12/06

Unfortunately, I’ll be in Bangkok next week and won’t be able to make this event, but for those of you here in the Bay Area, I encourage you to check-out NetSquared’s Net Tuesday event. It’s sure to be a worthwhile way to spend a Tuesday evening.

Here are the details c/o the fabulous Britt Bravo:

Fundraising for Nonprofits with the Social Web: Kiva & Menu for Hope @ Net Tuesday

Are you looking for new fundraising models that are fun, engaging and use the social web? Come hear Matt Flannery, CEO and Co-Founder of, the first Web site to let anyone with a PayPal account be a “banker to the poor”, and Pim Techamuanvivit (Chez Pim) a food blogger who raised $17,000 for UNICEF with her 2005 Menu for Hope campaign.

The second Tuesday of each month, social changemakers and web innovators get together to network, socialize and share ideas at Net Tuesday, an event produced by NetSquared,, a project of TechSoup, The next Net Tuesday will be Tuesday, December 12th, from 6-8 PM at Citizen Agency’s Citizen Space (425 Second St. #300) in San Francisco,

You can RSVP on Upcoming:
NetSquared’s Meetup group:
Or by emailing:

Speaker Bios:
Matt Flannery began developing in late 2004 as a side-project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo Inc. In December 2005 Matt left TiVo to devote himself to full-time. As CEO, Matt is a 2006 Global Social Benefit Incubator entrepreneur and a featured blogger on the Skoll Foundation’s Social Edge website. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a Masters in Analytical Philosophy from Stanford University. You can read Matt’s blog “The Kiva Chronicles” on Social Edge at,

Pim Techamuanvivit grew up in Bangkok, was shipped off to study in other places, and somehow found herself living and loving it in the San Francisco Bay Area. She quit her Silicon Valley job in 2005 to pursue a career in food: the writing, reporting, and basically anything interesting thereof that comes her way. Her recipes, writings, and photographs have since appeared in the New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appétit magazine, among others. You can read Pim’s blog, “Chez Pim” at