Issue Dive: Prison Phone Service Costs

Yesterday, we profiled one of Kapor Capital’s newest investment portfolio companies, Pigeon.ly, and its founder, Frederick Huston, which delivers to incarcerated individuals and their families a cost-saving service, promotes critical contact between them, and offers a long-sought after alternative to monopolies on such service provision. The issue of prison phone rates has been a long and troubling one, where the …

Addressing the Conference Panel Diversity Gap: One4One

I recently, and a little surprisingly, learned a new strategy to address the lack of diversity on conference panels. In a nutshell, an all white panel of technologists was asked by an audience member – with the stated intention of encouraging more diverse conference panels – to name one individual of color who could speak equally well on a panel …

Branding My Kapor Center

I have been with what was formerly called Kapor Enterprises for 5 years now. I’ve seen the various entities go through many transitions, evolutions and growth. I’ve seen many new folks join our team and I’ve built some very deep friendships with those people. So when I titled this blog post “Branding MY Kapor Center” it is because it was a personal …

A Conversation with Mitch and Freada (video)

On Tuesday, May 14th, PAC+, along with co-sponsors the League of Young Voters and Netroots Nation, hosted their first ever PAC+ Presents! event featuring a conversation with Mitch, Freada and Aimee Allison, author and radio show host.   The event, held at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, was also live streamed, and is now available for viewing here. …

Thoughts on SXSW Interactive

Last week, I joined my colleague at the Foundation, Justin Davis, as well as my colleague from Kapor Capital, Brian Dixon, and traveled down to Austin, TX, to take part, for the first time, in the week and a half  affair that is South by Southwest (SXSW). Specifically, I was there for SXSW’s Interactive Festival, with its focus on all …

Funding Opportunity: Common Counsel’s Grassroots Exchange Fund

The Common Counsel Foundation’s Grassroots Exchange Fund (GXF) provides  grants to small community-based groups seeking to meet face-to-face with other grassroots organizations, to build collaborative campaigns, and to benefit from technical assistance opportunities. GXF will start accepting applications again on the first Monday of February (February 4).  This small grants program is designed to support networking and collaboration between grassroots social …

Fellowship Application for Black Male Achievement Now Available

The Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship is a new fellowship program established by Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. It is the first fellowship program of its kind that targets social entrepreneurs who are starting up new and innovative organizations in the field of black male …

Oakland’s Youth Radio Wins Nation’s Highest Honor from Michelle Obama

We would like to congratulate our grant recipient Youth Radio for being awarded this week with the White House’s National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award! This prestigious award is the nation’s highest honor and was given by First Lady Michelle Obama to only 12 community-based arts and humanities organizations across the country. First Lady Michelle Obama stated: “The 2012 …