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Devin D. Thorpe
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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Investor/Entrepreneur/Philanthropist Shares Insights Live

Jeramy Lund, a successful investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will share insights with me at 4:00 Mountain on September 19, 2013.

Jeramy will be a speaker at next week’s SECFC13, the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference at Snowbird on September 27, 2013.

Jeramy’s Bio:

Jeramy is the CEO of Cairn, Inc. a private investment advisory company.  In that capacity, he serves as Principal for XIII, LLC; a diversified family holding company as well as the Pentagon Holdings family of direct real estate holding companies.  Currently Mr. Lund serves as Board Chair for Symbiot Business Group, Inc. and is a member of the Kickstart Seed Fund Investment Committee.  Prior to his current employment, Mr. Lund worked for JP Morgan (New York), DLJ International (London) and American Stores Company (Salt Lake City, UT).

Jeramy is also actively involved in the non-profit arena.  He is the Treasurer of the Lund Foundation, a founding member of the Community Foundation of Utah and serves as Board Chairman for Recycle Utah.   

Jeramy graduated from the University of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, with a BS in Accounting and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. 

A Glimpse Into the Works of Team IMPACT

Guest post by Paul Leech, CEO of Team Impact

Close your eyes and imagine you are eight years old. Life’s pretty cool. You’ve got loads of friends, fall football is about to start, you’re the star running back and the ‘cool kid’ but then, one morning, it starts. At first, you just feel funny, a bit dizzy with flu-like symptoms but also a cough that just will not go away and you are so very tired…really, really tired! Before you know it, you’re surrounded by doctors and your family. Everyone looks serious and they start to tell you, “You’re going to be in hospital for a while… You’re going to lose your hair… Life’s going to be a little different for a while.”

For the first few weeks, you are showered with support and attention. You get loads of cards, lots of visitors, your friends make fun of the tubes coming out of you and when you push a button, nurses come running. After a few more weeks things are a little different. Your friends are playing games with each other but you’re not well enough to join in… Everyone you see is old (your parents were always old but now everyone else is even older). Worst of all, it’s pretty obvious there’s no football for you this fall. Then one day, your parents tell you that you’re going to be on a team but it’s not football… It’s baseball which is really strange! You like baseball but you’re not much good at it. Who would want you and, honestly, who would want you now?

Apparently there’s going to be a “Draft Day” but you’ll meet your new teammates before that. It all sounds a bit strange but, hey, it’s better than lying in bed all day! When you were told it was the Lynchburg College baseball team, you actually didn’t realize that your parents really did mean a college team but now, three weeks later, you’ve met the Coach (who seems a really nice guy) and a few of the team (and they are really cool ..and big). Now it’s “Draft Day” and you’re standing in a corridor while the Coach and lots of student-athletes are in the gym next door and you hear the Coach saying “ ..and with the last pick of the 2013 draft, we select eight-year-old Kyle James!”  Mom pushes you into the room, the coach shakes your hand, gives you your jersey in your size with your name on the back and then you look around. Students from every sport are standing up applauding and cheering and, you know what? It’s you they are applauding and cheering. By the time it’s all over, every one of them has stopped by and ‘high-fived’ you. You really are part of a team! But it’s not just you. You look around and your little sister, who has been so quiet for so long, is up there ‘high-fiving’ people like you’ve never seen her before. At first, you think it should just be you but then you realize… This makes it even cooler!

For the next season, you go to practice, to games, you have your own locker, you email your best friends on the team and they come to see you after that nasty bone-marrow biopsy. Heck! They even visit you and hang out at your home.  These are your new friends. Your mom doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when you won’t hold her hand at the field… You think,Doesn’t she know that I’m cool now?” And that’s exactly what you are and your friends at school know it too… You’re not the ‘sick kid’ anymore!

It’s still tough when you have to miss a championship game because you have to undergo treatment but the 20 messages you get from your new friends as they travel down on the bus make it a little better. At the end of the season, they organize a surprise for you. You’re going with them to Yankee Stadium and are going to meet the players. When you get there, you can’t wait to say what you have said for the last six months, “I’m on the baseball team, you know.” One of the Yankees players asks, “What, Little League?” You look insulted, puff out your chest and say, “No! The Lynchburg College baseball team,” because you are and you will be next year as well!

Now’s it’s a year later and you and two other children are standing on stage telling your stories at the annual “Game Day Gala.” You look out in the crowd and see your teammates, your friends, your family…and even your college mascot. Everyone is quiet, everyone is listening and, at the end, every one of those 600 adults stands up and applauds for five minutes and you know, one more time, that you really are part of something very special.

This story could have been told from the perspective of the parents, the coaches, the medical staff or the student-athletes…the impact is just as powerful. This is what Team IMPACT does every day. We match children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses with college sports teams and, in so doing, change peoples’ lives.

“Each year globally, 12.7 million people learn they have cancer, and 7.6 million people die from the disease.” – Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

This is a guest post by Kristin Demidovich of MentorMob.

In my lifetime, I have not met one person who has not been affected by cancer, whether it be on their own or by supporting a loved one in their own battle. There are many success stories, some which I have been lucky enough to be a part of, but still a paralyzing number of people lose their fight every year, every day, every minute.

I am no scientist, and while the strides in the treatment of and eradication of this disease have been tremendous, there is no prescription to relieve feeling helpless in a fight that is so very important to win. At least, I once thought, until I witnessed first hand the power and inspiration that can be ignited with knowledge and community.

Every time it starts, it starts the same way, with an array of questions that no one pretends to know the answers to.

  • What do you mean I have cancer?
  • What do I do next?
  • What type of treatment?
  • Will I survive?
  • What about my kids?
  • Will I lose my job?
  • What is my survival rate?
  • How do I tell my friends?
  • ….
  • WHY ME?!


But then what? There are no easy answers, even though we scrounge search engines and forums for them. To find what you need to know in the order you need them takes time, diligence, and leads to frustration. You need to put the effort and time in because you need to plan, prepare and start treatment in the most effective manner to have the best chance at survival.

After recently joining a startup team that helps educate people through curation of the best online content, I knew our platform could make the necessary information to answer these questions more readily available to those who needed it. With my company on my side, we started researching and digging deep into which organizations help patients, family and friends navigate throughout the world of cancer,  just one of the causes we hope to help make a little less painful to navigate through.

One organization clearly matched what we were looking to do was LIVESTRONG – who has helped millions cope with and conquer the disease.

“The LIVESTRONG Foundation unites, inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. We provide free support services to anyone fighting cancer today.”

After a few conversations with their team and ours, we knew that it was a great opportunity to collaborate on bringing the LIVESTRONG We Can Help content to the public in another format on MentorMob. This collaboration brings together the content of LIVESTRONG into a seamless navigation experience on MentorMob – LIVESTRONG Mob.

By giving people a reliable place to collaborate and digest information on cancer, we have already created a community that is growing. A community of people who want to learn, to fight and to help anyone they can in their own battle. Join us with a simple share that can save a life.

Conversations are happening daily on Twitter @LIVESTRONG @MentorMob and on Facebook LIVESTRONG MentorMob. Come join us! You never know when you or someone you know will need the support.

Brad Bertoch Speaks About Grown Up Entrepreneurship

Brad Bertoch runs the Wayne Brown Institute, a nonprofit venture accelerator. Let’s be clear, he doesn’t help small businesses–he helps future big businesses.

Brad will be speaking at SECFC13, the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 27, 2013 at Snowbird.

Brad will be visiting with me on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 2:00 mountain time to talk about entrepreneurship, nonprofit innovation and impact investing.


Brad’s Bio:

Bradley B. Bertoch for the last 30 years has served as President of the Wayne Brown Institute—a nonprofit, nationally recognized, entrepreneurship organization. He is a leader in equity backed business development, capital formation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. Under his direction, Utah companies participating in an Institute venture program have been generated over $7.5 billion in financial transactions. In 2008 WBI Alumni companies produced $1.3 billion in revenue, created over 15,000 jobs in Utah, and paid over $49 million in State taxes. Brad is a member of Salt Lake City and Park City Angel groups and founder of WBI Angels, and was a venture partner with Hamilton Bio-Ventures Fund II. He is currently a fellow of the Foundation for Enterprise Development,co-founder and current board member of the MountainWest Capital Network, and serves on the Boards of the Utah’s Business Resource Centers, the Mountainlands Revolving Loan Fund and USTAR’s SBIR Advisory Board, and served on the Utah Legislature’s Optimization Commission. He is an Honors graduate of the University of Utah, and holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

GradTrain: A Social Impact Startup for International Education

Guest post from Lital Helman.

The past years have seen the break of the dichotomy between the for-profit and non-profit world. The view has increasingly deviated from the idea that nonprofits are the main vehicle to promote social goals, and that for-profit companies should only contribute sporadically, via donations to third parties. A new breed of companies is now emerging – those who are socially minded from the get-go to create and impact beyond their company’s bottom line.

GradTrain, an online platform that advises international students on applying to schools abroad, is a perfect example for a “For Profit Social Impact Startup”. GradTrain was founded by five friends from five different countries who felt that studying abroad changed their lives, and decided to help the next generation of applicants fulfill their potential.


GradTrain’s founders know that international students lack the knowledge about foreign education systems, as well as the network of family, friends and even professors who understand the system. A global survey GradTrain ran among hundreds of current and past international graduate students from more than 50 countries showed that most prospective students do not have the guidance they need for study abroad (and in many cases pay huge sums of money to obtain guidance).

GradTrain presents an innovative solution for these challenges. It connects applicants with people from the same background and with a similar career trajectory who went through this process successfully, who can provide coaching and advice. GradTrain also develops data-based tools to help students make better decisions in the application process: where are they likely to get accepted? How effective are their references? What are the relevant scholarships for this specific applicant?

Most interestingly, GradTrain measures its success not only based on revenues and bottom line, but also based on its social impact: does GradTrain keep services affordable and accessible? To what extent does it broaden access to global education? GradTrain has pledged to also dedicate a portion of the company’s earnings to scholarships for students in need.


GradTrain has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo ( GradTrain sees the campaign as a community building tool that involves future users, engages with them and with people who care about international education and makes them part of this effort to help broaden access to education.

Indeed, the most obvious contributors to the campaign are past, present, and future international students, (or their parents) who want this service to exist in order to use it – either as coaches or as users. They can pre-purchase coaching sessions and other application-enhancement tools as perks.

There is a big group of people who contribute to GradTrain’s indiegogo campaign, who are not future users. These are people who believe in the positive impact of global education – and want to be part of the GradTrain effort. The most popular perk on the GradTrain campaign is actually the $50 level – where people can have their name appear on GradTrain’s founders’ page on  

If GradTrain is successfully funded, the founding team expects to launch the services in the fall of 2013. To learn more about GradTrain, readers can visit the project’s campaign page here:

Music Fans and Budweiser Make a Splash by Cleaning 20 of America’s Rivers and Lakes

Guest post from Budweiser.

As Part of Budweiser’s America Made Better Program, Volunteers Worked 3,000 Hours In Support of Local Watershed Clean-Ups and Community Beautification Projects

This summer, music fans from across the country took off their headphones and put on their work gloves to help clean America’s rivers and lakes. A total of 1,312 volunteers joined Budweiser as part of its America Made Better campaign, which is focused on water conservation, designating a driver, and military support.

The initiative connected adults to local watershed cleanups in 20 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and St. Louis, and rewarded volunteers with tickets to Budweiser Made in America parties. Volunteers worked more than 3,000 hours to collect 20,000 pounds of trash, gather 32,300 pounds of recyclables, plant 5,400 trees and native grasses and remove hundreds of invasive species.  

“It was incredibly powerful and inspiring to see how, from city to city and person to person, we all share the desire to help improve our communities,” said Shana Ruffus, director of Environmental Outreach for Anheuser-Busch. “Through the great work of our employees, volunteers, and partners like River Network, Budweiser has been able to make a real impact.  We have always been committed to an America made better and this effort is just one more way to further that goal.”

To facilitate the majority of the America Made Better projects across the country and to support healthy watersheds throughout the country, Budweiser donated $150,000 to River Network, $30,000 to Great Lakes Forever, and $50,000 to Living Lands & Waters.

Even though clean-ups have wrapped up for this year, adults can still help our country’s rivers, lakes, and beaches by visiting for more information on the Budweiser America Made Better platform and to view a program recap video. For every view the video receives, the Anheuser-Busch Foundation will donate $1 to River Network, up to $20,000. This is the third installment launched under the Budweiser America Made Better platform on, which will unlock a total donation of $50,000 for our three water partners.

Live Discussion with SocialGood.TV founder Stephen Vogelpohl

Stephen Vogelpohl, the founder of SocialGood.TV is launching a new platform to support people who are doing crowdfunding, called CrowdAffect.

On September 12, 2013 at 2:30 Mountain Time we’ll be live here talking about SocialGood.TV and CrowdAffect.


Stephen’s bio:

Stephen Vogelpohl, Founder & CEO

Prior to founding SocialGood.TV Stephen drove business development, channel sales, and managed marketing programs in the digital marketing space. As an entrepreneur, Stephen has founded companies in the field of radiology, ultimately becoming the CEO of Houston-based outpatient radiology center. By 2012, married and a father of two beautiful children, Stephen felt a greater need than ever to have a more sustainable impact on the future his children would one day inherit. Thus SocialGood.TV was born, and Stephen built into the company the three pillars of both business and social sustainability: passion, profit & social impact.

Stephen is also a co-founder of Social Good Summit Austin, part of a global movement organized by The UN Foundation, Mashable, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and During SGS ATX’s first conference in September 2012, Stephen presented a social problem, high ozone levels in Austin, as a problem and asked event attendees to come up with solutions. This resulted in Austin’s first Work From Home Day, supported by the City of Austin, Texas’ Governors office, and a number of Austin’s largest public, private and non-profit organizations.

Live With Ballard Center’s Todd Manwaring

Todd Manwaring heads the social entrepreneurship program at Brigham Young University. He will be speaking at SECFC13, The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 27, 2013. 

On September 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM I will be visiting with Todd live to learn more about the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance and the Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program, which he leads.


Todd is the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Change-Leader at BYU. He is the founder and director of both the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance (2003) and Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program (2010). The overarching goal of the Ballard Center and the Peery Program is to help students create lasting change in the world that leads to better self-reliance. In the 2012-2013 school year over 1,700 students participated in Ballard Center programs. A faculty member of the Marriott School, he teaches social innovation courses in both the Business Management and the MBA program.

Todd worked previously in the computer industry in Salt Lake City, Boston, and Seattle.  In his last position at Sequent Computer Systems he managed a team of computer professionals for that company’s $125 million account at Boeing. Sixteen years ago Todd left this IT career and started his second career in social innovation.  Since that time he has been instrumental in the startup of a number of economically focused development organizations participating as consultant, board member, and executive director.  Co-foundingUnitus and Help International were great adventures. He has direct economic development experience in many developing world countries.

Live Discussion with Ted McAleer About USTAR’s Community Building

Ted McAleer has been leading USTAR, an independent state agency that supports fundamental research at Utah’s tier one research institutions and technology entrepreneurship statewide, will be speaking with me on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:00 MDT about the agencies work.

Ted will be a featured speaker at SECFC13, the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference, on September 27, 2013.


Ted’s bio:

Ted McAleer is currently the Executive Director of USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative).  Prior to USTAR, McAleer was the Director of Business Development for The University of Utah’s Technology Venture Development organization. Ted has 25+ years of experience in technology innovation; business development; and product, services and operations management in both start-up and mature corporations. He has been COO for Teleoptic Digital Imaging, LLC and the Sr. Director of Implementation services at Campus Pipeline, Inc. He has also worked for SunGard SCT, Procter and Gamble, PepsiCo. and the US Army. He holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master of Engineering from the University of Virginia and a BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He currently serves as a Board Member with the Swaner EcoCenter, the Mountain West Capital Network and the Park City Angel Network.  In his free time, he enjoys skiing, mtn biking and international travel with his wife Donna and 9-year old daughter.

Making a positive mark on the world by doing good

Guest post by billionaire philanthropist Shari Arison.

Being involved in something greater has driven people to do amazing things. I have personally witnessed this in the work that I do around the globe, and have seen how connecting to goodness changes lives on a personal level, to then also ripple out in ever-expanding circles.

Every single person innately holds the power to make a difference. No matter the size of the gesture that you choose to do, all the acts of loving kindness amount together into one unified transformative energy. Because goodness sets you on a path of positive change, by doing good deeds every person can find and fulfill their place in the world, each in their own unique way.

Journeying through life, in constant search for opportunities to do my part in creating a positive impact, I have found that focusing on good is an uplifting imperative. Today, in leading the Arison Group, we follow one unified vision: Doing Good. With the ultimate goal of bringing about positive change through business and philanthropy, we place values at the core of any endeavor, ensuring all our activities stem from a conscious prism of values.

Bridging between values and organizational structures, or implementing values on a personal level in real-life scenarios, isn’t always that simple. A hands-on tool is needed, equipping us with a fresh clear lens, to look at a situation and determine its added value. The Doing Good Values Model does just that. Consisting of 13 universal human values, it captures the approach of making a positive difference by bringing fundamental values into the hearts of people, communities, businesses, and organizations.

In a joint collaboration with leading American universities Harvard, Thunderbird, George Mason, and Babson College, this unique model is researched and molded into an accredited curriculum. An Endowed Professorship of Doing Good Values focuses on the application of values-based approaches to leadership, as exemplified by the work at the Arison Group. Each of our companies and organizations operates to realize a specific value from the model, while also integrating the model as a whole in their ongoing routine. Although our model integrates elevated values, it is implemented in the most practical way.

For example, seeking ways to promote the value of Abundance, and raise awareness to the responsibility that we all share in utilizing the world’s abundance of natural resources, I founded the water company Miya. Miya ensures an abundance of fresh water, through efficient management of our world’s existing fresh water resources. By optimizing the water supply in urban distribution systems worldwide, it operates to solve the acute loss of more than a third of the worlds’ existing drinking water in undetected leaks underground. Miya’s solutions have brought fresh water to millions of people for the first time, and leads to savings of hundreds of millions of gallons of fresh water daily, which also translates into extensive reduction in energy consumption and related health risks.

Moreover, Miya’s activities are not limited to tackling urban distribution systems worldwide, but also cater to raising awareness for effective water use in local communities around the globe. One such program in the Bahamas, taught 5th graders the importance of water for human existence, and imparted the value of efficient water use.  The program also included the implementation of water conservation measures at the school, which reduced the schools’ water consumption by 20%.

All the Arison Group employees (27,000 worldwide), also step out to do a good deed for the benefit of others on Good Deeds Day, my global initiative for spreading the message that every person can do a good deed. Since its inception in 2007 in Israel, it has crossed borders and cultures, and in Good Deeds Day 2013 some 400,000 people from 50 countries, chose to give of their time and skill for the benefit of others and the planet.

I believe that given the opportunity, people want to do good, people want to see good in the world, and it is always overwhelming to see the outpour of goodwill on Good Deeds Day. From simple acts of kindness, such as a smile that brightens someone else’s day, to volunteering in nursing homes, distributing clothes and food baskets to the needy, or helping out on farms, people from any background and all ages unite around good.

Throughout the years, many people have shared with me their experiences where they chose to make a difference. My new book Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World through Doing Good is filled with personal stories and those from around the world, demonstrating the power of doing good.

All it really comes down to is mutual responsibility, and sharing a stake in our collective future, it is up to each and every one of us to care about ourselves, others, and our planet. By focusing on good, you can embark on a personal journey, filled with inspiring opportunities to truly make a difference, first for yourself, and then in all aspects of life.

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