Category: Social Good

Managing Extreme Uncertainty the Startup Way

Even in times of hardship, uncertainty is another word for possibility. As a nation, we’ve made it through other crises and found reasons for hope. The 2008 financial crisis reset on our financial system. September…

New in 2020: Lean Startup Cohorts & More

As innovators, we are faced with the challenges of managing uncertainty, battling the status quo and trying to exact a vision on the world that feels like very few others can see. The resulting feeling…

To Maximize Impact Read These Three Learnings

Thanks to Colin Rae for contributing this piece. He is an Angel & Impact Investor with 20+ years volunteering, 10+ running a traditional manufacturing business, many failed startups (with one success), and one big, compassionate,…

Designing & Testing the Common App

Using user-centered design to get more families into social service programs faster. Problem Once an individual finds a resource that can help them meet a basic need, we often see that the application and enrollment…

Going from Slow and Isolated to Quick and Collaborative

For nearly 50 years, social innovation has followed roughly the same trajectory – philanthropy funds pilot programs, researchers evaluate the results, and government replicates what works. This process, which we’ll call “pilot-evaluate-replicate,” makes sense given…

Turning a Hypothesis into a Functional App (Part 2)

Thank you to Dave Guarino, Director of GetCalFresh, for contributing this piece. We have spent nearly four years building GetCalFresh, a service to make it as easy as possible for all eligible Californians to successfully enroll…