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The Modern Mid-Size Nonprofit’s Tech Stack (2017 Edition)

Last year, I wrote a post called “16 Technology Tools Your Nonprofit should be Using in 2016.” As we’ve continued to refine our process over the last year and a half, this article will update on the technology tools Beat Nb uses, and my recommendation on the technology a modern mid-size nonprofit should be using. A smidge of background – I was a CTO and technology entrepreneur for the last 17 years or so, and am now full time in the nonprofit world working on beating cancer for kids. The quick list of what we use: Kindful – our donor management …

Begin Again: Why I’m quitting the tech company I co-founded and going full time against childhood cancer.

My wife Robyn and I’s first born son Ezra died in 2010. He had been diagnosed with cancer on the 400th day of his life, and lived exactly 800 days. Ezra battled cancer half his life. He smiled through most of it. He was funny, curious, and compassionate. He flirted with strangers. He learned to walk and to talk in hospitals. We learned a lot from Ezra, like you can dance and laugh through cancer. We learned the pain from some losses never goes away; it just moves from your skin to your bones. We learned childhood cancer is not …

How to Start an LLC Lean

My friend Roy came by the office today asking me how to start a company. He already has good income coming in from his production business, and is ready to officially become a legitimate corporate entity. I was going to write him an email, but since this might be useful information to other up and coming businessfolk, here you go! tl;dr: I like LegalZoom, Quickbooks Online, Squarespace, and Chase. There are many other ways. 🙂 How to Start an LLC It’s really easy to set up a business, and you don’t need to hire a lawyer or consultant anymore. Note: it’s still a super …

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11 Reasons I Love Living and Working in Tampa

Robyn and I moved to Tampa from Seattle in 2005 to help out my family, who’d moved here in 2003. Our plan was always to move home after a few years, and until the last few years that’s what we were gearing up for. Now, we’re loving Tampa, and all in as a part of this community’s growth. Here’s 11 reasons I love living and working in Tampa as a young, socially-focused entrepreneur. Tampa is excited about it’s present and future. There is not a day goes by I don’t run into people in the community excitedly talking about Tampa. There is …

8 Things I Learned Working from Home

I started working from home full time in 2008. I was 26, and ModMyi.com (then only a year old) had started making enough for me to quit my “normal person job.” While my wife Robyn worked at the local pie shop (really) to help cover the bills, we were living in a 1000 square foot apartment in lovely Lutz, FL. You can see one of my first office setups at the top of this post. I started with a $40 rolling cart from Walmart. I eventually made the jump to a $120 Target desk in the corner of my bedroom in that apartment. After 6 years of working …

Acquiring Brooks Motorsport Composites

In January ModMy, LLC (the company Cody Overcash and myself own) acquired Brooks Motorsport Composites. It’s a fun, small company which creates custom aero solutions for auto sports. Previous focus had been on custom carbon fiber race wings for BMWs, although we’re now expanding to Porsche, Acura, Chrysler, and more – if we don’t have measurements for your car yet, we’d love to work with you to get them (simple!) and expand our offerings. Our main two products are the Elite wing (best for cars with 350WHP+), and the Pro wing (best for anything under 350WHP). They’re all custom built …