Serendipity at TED2014, Jim Fruchterman’s Huffington Post Op-Ed

What could we do with a billion dollars invested in a global campaign aimed at helping the world’s poorest communities? CEO Jim Fruchterman returned from this year’s TED conference with exciting ideas in response to this challenge. On Huffington Post, he explains what sparked his thoughts on this topic.

Benetech Team Hacks for Good

Members of our Engineering/ Product/ Project Management / Design teams recently participated in a hack day, where they came up with some valuable proof of concepts for our Human Rights and Global Literacy initiatives and experimented with microcontrollers. Granted, hack days are no panacea for solving the world’s problems. Did we complete the proof of concepts we worked on? Of course not. But did we make great progress on various fronts and are we using what we learned to design our way forward? YES!

On Success and Learning to Fail Well

Are you focused on planning for success? Good. But are you also planning for failure? You should, because it’s how we fail that sets us up for success, argues David Pablo Cohn. We recently had the pleasure of hosting Pablo at Benetech’s offices, where he shared with us some rules of thumb he’d picked up along the way for failing as well as possible. This was an opportune lesson for the Benetech team, as we recently launched Benetech Labs. In the spirit of new beginnings and New Year’s resolutions, we’d like to share here Pablo’s four rules for (good) failure as a way of life.