The Silicon Valley story is familiar to most of us. A great idea, a visionary founder, accelerators, and incubators, angel investors, and so on. And it even sometimes ends in fame and fortune. But what about tech nonprofits? What do they do? Where do they go for funding? Who provides the support system for them? Well, up to about four years ago, the answer would have been, who knows? But now, it’s an organization called Fast Forward, and it’s a pleasure to have with us their executive director and co-founder Shannon Farley.
Many parents complain that their children spend far too much time on their cell phones and are delighted when they put it down for a minute and pick up a book. But in many parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, that book simply does not exist, and it’s a cell phone that brings the magic reading and books to millions upon millions; and that’s due in large part to an organization called Worldreader, and it’s a pleasure to have with us its co-founder and president, David Risher.