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Pay it forward: how to get a free ticket for Business of Software 2010 (businessofsoftware.org)
32 points by neilgd on Aug 16, 2010 | hide | past | favorite | 51 comments



I helped create http://TweetForHabitat.com a site created for the purpose of raising $70,000 to build a house for a family in the in the Memphis area. Along with the website launched a Twitter campaign where any tweet containing #Tweet4Habitat was counted and sponsors donated based on the number of tweets. Lastly we've found restaurants and bars in the Memphis area to host TweetUps for Tweet For Habitat to allow those who don't feel comfortable giving money online a place to drop some cash into the bin we had setup.

This is an on-going effort to raise the $70,000 for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.

Purple Ant is a small company and was on the upswing of adding employees when the economy crashed almost 2 years ago. We've since closed our offices and now work out of our house, but still are working on our commercial products we eventually plan to sell, as well as supporting our consulting clients.


Who am I? I'm a Product Manager in South Africa. I'm passionate about software and specifically the mobile app space. There's quite a well developed software industry in SA and I'm gung-ho for contributing and making it better.

What I'm doing? There are two projects which I'm running in my not-paid-for spare time: starting a Product Managers association in SA and a 'Netflix' for books.

South Africa doesn't have great access to books (expensive) and the public reading infrastructure is poor. I believe you are what you read and for our people to grow and develop, we need inexpensive access to top reading material and hence I started the John Galt Library: www.johngaltlibrary.com. One of our niches is in the collection of software books I make available. If you're serious about software development there is a 'biblical' list one should read and I'm continuously investing in adding these books to the library. Attending BoS would help me, and indirectly help others, to find the best software reads.

Product Management is not a well known discipline in South Africa (even in software circles). I've really found a calling in it as a vocation and am gathering together other Product Managers and folk who perform product management functions in order that we can all learn from each other and collectively lift our game. Attending BoS is a definite product management skill enhancer which I intend to share with Product Managers in SA.

Why I can't come? Cost. From Johannesburg, it's a long expensive flight - 21hrs. Accommodation and conference fee are even more than the flight. The 7:1 exchange rate doesn't help either :-p

Thanks Neil, I've followed BoS for a while now. Its a great resource so thanks for the initiative.

Adriano adriano(at)johngaltlibrary.com


Our company is a supporter of Utah PRIDE, a non-profit organization committed to standing up for the rights of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender citizens of our great state. UP maintains a small office where we donate our software to ensuring that their systems are secure, and continually operating.

After reading about Neil's offer, I realized that we could go a couple of steps further and actually go into their organization and give them free training and ongoing support in securing their computers.

We've attended the BoS '08 and '09 conferences and loved them, but our sales have taken a very dramatic decline in the past 14 months, and the decision was made in early spring to opt out of this years conference. It was purely economical.


I have agreed to develop an iPhone application for a local Leadership Consulting firm (it's a husband and wife team). They have some fantastic Leadership and Teamwork training materials they hope to make available to a wider audience as an iPhone application. I agreed to do the development for free. If it takes off, we'll work out a profit sharing arrangement, but I don't expect to ever make any money from it. Check out www.calliopelearning.com to see who they are. We hope to have the app live in mid-September.

I'd like to attend BoS 2010 but I've given my conference budget away to members of my development team for this year, so I won't be able to attend otherwise.


I am setting up a wordpress site for a non-profit organization, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota. They need to upgrade a site that they use to nominate 25 hispanics from the area of Minnesota that have achieved some sort of success. The website to be upgraded is http://www.25ontherise.com. I will also develop a custom app to help them manage this nomination, votes, nomination, etc... I will post more details when I am done with it, or at least when I have something to show. Thanks for the opportunity.


Here's what I have so far... http://25ontherise.wordpress.com/ This non-profit organization is happy with what they see, I am now working in the custom application to manage nomination entries and votes.


Two inspired individuals here in New Hampshire are starting a new educational venture, the Informal University. The idea of it is to bring people together locally who want to learn with people who want to teach, and provide a setting, while avoiding all of the trappings of formal education which serve to raise cost and barriers to entry.

I have been able to volunteer a small amount of time to help them launch a very basic website (www.informalu.org). You can see from the website that they have put a lot of effort into recruiting people who are willing to share their knowledge on a wide variety of interesting topics. But you can also see that a lot of work needs to be done to present and convey their ideas and goals. They are a non-profit and as a matter of principle refuse to accept any taxpayer funding, so they are relying entirely on private volunteer efforts and contributions for startup.

If I were to receive a free ticket for the Business of Software 2010 conference, I would pay it forward by volunteering at least 3 full days of my time to work with Kirk and Kevin to develop a top-notch website for the Informal University.

I hate to make whiny-sounding excuses as to why I can't afford the conference, but since you asked, I'm a relatively young (27 y.o.) self-employed entrepreneur and at this time my budget just can't be stretched far enough to allow for it.

Thanks for your consideration, -F.H. turbo.hackernews@mailnull.com


Alhambra - For a better World

Since 2006 I'm involved with a non profit organization which provide school kits to poor orphans in Morroco (North Africa)

I've used my marketing skill for coming up with the idea of the non profit logo :

Logo : http://picasaweb.google.fr/tarek.demiati/AlhambraLogo#550632...

Proof that I did request this logo : http://www.ikarma.com/id/9572 (check at the bottom of the pagge)

Proof of our actions :

Young kids saying thank you to Alhambra : http://picasaweb.google.fr/tarek.demiati/AlhambraLogo#550633...

School kit distribution : http://picasaweb.google.fr/tarek.demiati/AlhambraLogo#550633...

Inside the school bag : http://picasaweb.google.fr/tarek.demiati/AlhambraLogo#550633...

I can't afford to pay, because I've had a sciatica which has disabled me to do any Freelance work for 6 months, I'm freelancing to finance the release of an upcoming product idea. I'm pretty much a bootstrapped single founder, with a stay at home mum and 3 wonderful kids ... So my budget is tight


Why I can't afford a ticket to BoS 2010:

I'm starting a new software business, but I'm not a developer. I come from a product manager background, therefore most of the capital (my personal savings from a couple successful startups in the past) I'm using to start the business is going to the developers who are actually doing the work and the rest is being saved for marketing later. The devs are a couple of amazing guys who are building an amazing product.

What I'll do if you grant me a ticket to BoS 2010:

There is a local nonprofit here in Jacksonville that tutors adults, helping them learn to read, write, and do basic math with the aim of helping them find jobs to support their families. They need a website to help raise funding, but they don't have the funds to do it properly (catch22). If you give me a ticket to BoS 2010, I'll build them the best damn website ever.

scottmagdalein@gmail.com :)

(Honestly, I'm going to build the website for them whether you give me the ticket or not, but this is supposed to look like a "pay-it-forward" scenario.)

P.S. Due to a mishap by United Airlines, I have a free ticket anywhere in the US that I would use for this trip. Also, I have a friend in Boston who is willing to let me sleep on his couch. So, the only expense left to cover is the ticket to BoS 2010.

P.P.S I want to attend BoS 2010 because our product will be launching around that time and I want to make sure I'm positioning it properly for the most potential.

Thanks for your consideration!


Why I can't afford it : I'm a grad student from Costa Rica researching in South Korea. I'm about to launch my thesis project as a product here in Korea (http://www.discovr.net) and I'm very much deep in blogs, videos and books learning about bootstrapping and launching a startup while I code and manage 2 under-grad students from Costa Rica who are helping me bring the project to life (iOS, Android and Server)... everything under the budget and time of a grad student... u guys do the math :) - hint: I only get to sleep 4h a day and I'm exited!

My commitment: For more than a year now I've been running a twitter account (innovacr) where I curate articles, books and talks about innovation and entrepreneurship with the mission to foster innovation in Costa Rica (my home country) and this week I've put the final touches to a posterous site that will be used to accommodate similar findings but in a more search and read-friendly approach along with adding comments of my own and guest leaders not only in innovation but also in how we can make a better job at changing the mindset of fellow costarricans towards bootstrapping and startup founding. You can take a look at the new website at http://www.innovatiquicia.com . Whether I get selected or not my commitment is already on the run but I assure you that if I do get selected I will do my best to bring the goddies of the conference not only in practice in my project but into the innovator community of costa rica, which btw is one of the most technology advanced in latin america.

cheers!


My partner and I have participated in coders4charities.org the last few years and will pledge to help again in 2011. Coders 4 Charities is a wonderful event that has helped dozens of non-profit organizations with their web development needs.

At the moment, I am heavily committed to my current venture, but I will pledge two weekends (32 hours) to help a non-profit (preferably one on this board) that is in need of a CMS website using the WordPress platform. Just provide the hosting account, content, and existing (if available) graphic assets and I will handle the rest - including the design and skinning of the site.

In the past I have helped with numerous other non-profit sites including children.org and various youth league and team sites such as potentialplayers.com and jayhawkinvitational.com (including a registration system processing over 30K each year for the foundation).

I would really appreciate the opportunity to attend this year's BOS conference. My partner and I have been neck deep in development of our current app since February, while at the same time juggling full-time jobs and families. We have been saving every penny to bootstrap our company and do not have the extra capital to send me on our dime this year. We can afford to spend the travel and hotel expenses and if chosen, will gladly send verification of my airline ticket.

We have a launch date of February 2011 and feel this conference could help us with many of the marketing/pricing/capital/going out on your own types of questions we are facing.

Thank you for giving all of us this opportunity to attend!

update: randy@embarkco.com


I am not affiliated with a non-profit, but need a legal site developed. Any interest in doing that?


Please shoot me the details by email and I'll take a look - I've had a few others inquire as well and will let everyone know by the end of next week who I decided on.


Thanks for all the commitments everybody. I really struggled to pick people here. My original intention was to choose between 1 and 5 people, but I couldn't choose so few. Here's the list. If you're on it, e-mail me at neil.davidson@businessofsoftware.org:

BruteForceIT

adriano

rstaats

joinME

turboNH

tooshel

roning

alzatecarol

svetmiru

gdltec


Even I didn't get a free ticket, I still appreciate what you did. I'm sure those guys are really happy now. Thanks !


I'll help a local little league team set up a registration system so parents can register online instead of with paper. The result will be that the registration process will go much faster on registration days and the organizers won't have to shuffle 300 sheets of paper and type it all into Excel. It may mean we go with someone else's solution but they usually cost more than the web budget and require the use of credit cards for payments (and you have to charge parents more to handle the extra fees). I want to also minimize the hosting charges for the team and move them to a cheaper host (maybe using Wordpress instead of the team software they have now but no one uses) and set up accounts so the parents (or at least more than just some designated web guy who never wants to do anything because he's too busy) can add content to the site.

The reason I can't buy my own ticket is, well, I'm unemployed at the moment. It's good in that I have time to go to the conference in the first place but bad in that I'll have to stay in a cheap hotel (and the flight is free thanks to my wife who works for an airline).


I want to build a website that can help you visualize your impact upon the world. It can be summed up by calling it Pay-It-Forward for books. It's called MindSpread.

In essence you buy a book and give it to someone else on the promise that they will give it another person and so-forth. Each person can input the email address of the person they gave it to. A Google map would track the book, thus allowing the person to visualize their impact.

I wrote about it here: http://techneur.com/post/635311152/announcing-mindspread

Why a person would use it: http://techneur.com/post/915916816/what-would-motivate-you-t...

It would be 100% open-source and community driven. However, I think it's a great idea, but I'm not sure that others do because I have solicited for feedback and have received little.

I can't afford the conference because I'm trying to save every penny in attempt to someday bootstrap my company.

Thanks for your consideration. Also, I would love it if anyone else had feedback on MindSpread.


Submit it as a separate post to HN, with a catchy title and try to catch people's attention. That is, if you haven't done that already.


I will share my knowledge and create a website and database for Maria Luisa de Moreno International Foundation “MLMIF” which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve as a channel for immigrants to accomplish their personal and professional goals through the access to educational services and job skills that will help them transform into a more valuable contributor to our society. Carol


I am involved in bootstrapping a company developing solutions to improve outcomes in psychotherapy. Great feedback so far but no one has income from the project...yet.

Recently a fellow entrepreneur (non-tech) asked me for some advice about how to get his website off of the ground. He has one particularly complex requirement - a configuration tool for his product. Previously I told him how to find the resources he would need to get it built. While I can visualize exactly how his tool needs to be programmed, it would be difficult for me to find the time to help him myself.

If it will help me get to BoS this year I will make the time and offer to build the app for him myself, for free (hoping my wife will forgive me). The cost of developing this app would easily be greater than the conference cost. Having known this guy for a few years I will take it one step further and ask that he pay it forward too, I know he will. Trying to keep the positive energy flowing.

Having watched a lot of the videos from the previous BoS conferences I know attending in person would be invaluable.

Good luck to all, thanks for the opportunity.


I am working on an idea to increase blood donations, as a background project, and I'll be continuing on that whether I receive a free ticket or not. In our local Ruby community, one of our guys asked for blood donations for a family member, and we started discussing possibly doing a group development project to help. I posted some ideas for a social web app that could help back in May:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Houston-RoR/message/2493

The group project never happened, but I think it has some real possibilities. I started to approach the local blood banks and their social media advocates, but then I realized the idea is too hard to visualize for non-developers, and the protocol is just complicated enough that a prototype was needed. I am working on a demo, and I'm learning about the simplest (hah!) Facebook app.

The basic idea is that when A holds secret information about B, and A cannot release it, there should be a protocol for B to use a secure token presentable to A to confirm that claim. Thus, A is maintaining data security by not actively releasing the information, but B cannot lie about the information because the claim is verifiable.

My ulterior motive is by posting in this thread, I might recruit someone else that finds this project interesting, or knows details about protocols as described above.

At BoS, I'm sure I would absorb a lot of new details about marketing social software and what techniques work to help spread apps among friends.

My consulting business is slow and I'm in a pre-startup phase on a bigger project, nailing down the IP, so BoS is way out of my price range. In fact, if I got a free ticket, I'd get there but I'd also be immediately googling for a cheap couch in the area.


I am a 23 year old small software co owner. I have 3 children and am married. My wife just lost her job with servicemagic.com and I have taken on a great deal of a load. One of my web apps we are building www.Registr8.com got put on hold while being ranked in the top 10 of the submissions to David Cohen's TechStars because of the sacrifices I have to make financially to take care of my family. Nothings more beautiful then my family, so I'm not complaining. Although it will not stop me from building my small company and our web applications.

I will put up a wordpress website that advertises giving 10 non-profit organizations a free website. They will need to explain why a website would help and expand their initiatives. We will post the organizations and allow the public to vote on the orgs. The top 10 voted for after 1 month will receive the free websites. :-) I love helping and giving. Sometimes when the load is too heavy, sometimes you have to give a little to lighten it up and move forward. :-)


I am working on a social project http://socialpulse.com to educate and empower students and ordinary people how to build social capital by documenting all their social community and academic activities in one place. This will help them to get admission to a good university, get a job as well as build social branding, reputation and even build an online business. The site is free for individuals and organizations and it is connected to Facebook and Twitter. We spend a lot of time doing great things (also volunteering) but we do not document it properly with the date, time, venue and agenda which is very important to build your personality and social standing on an ongoing business. You can create a web profile about anybody or any topic and post your thoughts which get attached to the profile and your wall as well as manage all your social networks on a dashboard on SocialPulse.com

Thank you Tom Vellaringattu, tomvell@gmail.com


Why I really want to join Business of Software 2010!

I am from Mongolia and am working in South Korea in software company, precisely web solution developing company. I am working here as a marketer after fininshing my MBA here in Korea. However, Software industry is totally new to me and I am having really difficult time to sell and market the software. I believe I can gain practices and know-hows of business of software if i attend the conference. Also, i will be able to build networks in this industry. It will be whole new opportunity for my career as a software marketer.

Our company is small company and i really want to help the company to get bigger and expand its market into foreign markets. because of lack of know-hows and knowledge of software business I could not do it right and well. Since company is small, they are not willing to finance me to attend the conference. i have to finance myself on own. Therefore, i need the free ticket for Business of Software 2010.

Looking forward your great support!


I am an experienced(7 years) middleware developer making a living working for the man. I have experience in Performance, scalability, high availability, Caching and the JEE/J2EE application protocol stack.

I harbor a desire to lean boostrap my own entrepreneurial venture and become profitable with no resources other than my own sweat equity. After getting customers and becoming cash flow positive I want to grow the startup and exit in a meaningful way.

I need help in understanding how to do market research, how to identify a target market, if a problem is important to solve and whether it is worth solving. I need a reality check to see how I measure up with other entrepreneurs.

The BOS conference will be an ideal avenue to learn from illustrious programmers and techies who have already overcome these challenges and self-doubts. BOS will show me the way and put me on the path to eternal enlightenment.

Why I cant afford it. Monetary situation + principles. Rule #1 of lean startup is to "Not spend money you don't have".


I make my living in corporate IT, but have been trying to get a software product development company off the ground on a moonlighting basis for several years which has been very difficult due to the lack of precious focused time that such a venture requires. With little revenue to speak of from my entrepreneurial side venture, there is no budget for a conference such as Business of Software and I am certain that the subject matter will help me amplify my entrepreneurial plans and productivity; being in the presence of so many kindred software entrepreneurs will undoubtedly inspire me and help me throw off the soul-numbing shackles of corporate life.

If I win this conference pass, I will pay the good deed forward by continuing to provide free technical and online marketing consulting assistance to non-profit organizations, which I currently do thanks to the NPower program (which matches IT volunteers with non-profit organizations).


For the last few years, I've provided free tech support for the Saskatoon Sexual Health Centre (http://www.sexualhealthcentresaskatoon.ca/index2.htm). It started out with them having some PC problems, but ended up turning into writing some custom statistic-tracking and client-management tools that have significantly reduced their paper burden around the office. We're just getting started on putting together appointment-management software, so that they can finally move away from their last big paper-based system.

I'm currently a M.Sc. student in Computer Science, with a huge backlog of startup/project ideas that I've been keeping on the back burner while I work on my thesis. I've got good technical skills, but would love to learn more about the business side.


Tripleseat is a web based Sales and Event Management application for restaurants. Our software helps restaurants book more business and decrease the time it takes to plan and execute events.

Restaurants are one of the largest employers in the country (behind the US Gov't) but in the last 2 years they have hit hard times with the economy. Every restaurant that closes effects everyone from the employees to the local farmer.

Our goal at Tripleseat is to make sure restaurants not only stay in business but make a profit so they can grow. With a free ticket to your event we will provide a independent restaurant in the Boston area a free one year subscription to Tripleseat and our lead gen product PrivateDining.in

This free subscription will enable a restaurant to grow, become a viable contributor to the community and in turn they will be able to pay it forward in countless ways.


My company has a promising new product in development. I know that when the product is ready in about 12-18 months, that we will need some serious advice on marketing and selling it. Three developers are working on it full time.

I have looked carefully at attending BoS 2010 but couldn't justify the cost of travel/lodging and the ticket. So I thought "perhaps when the product is closer to release".

Pay It Forward: I have friend who has had a jewelry store for about 9 years now. And for 9 years I've been pestering him to setup a web site. I know that he'd do better if he had one. I went as far as sitting with him and his wife and working out a rough one-page layout in OmniGraffle, but never implemented the web site. His wife now opened a ladies accessories store as well. I promise to set them up both web sites and take it live.


Upon earning a ticket to the BOS 2010 I will organize an inner city program to help teach kids programming and graphic design.

Two years ago I stumbled into a park building in downtown Greenville that inner city kids use for their after school program. They have 4 computers all 486 crappy machines. I was surprised by how interested the kids were in the computers.

I asked the consulor how popular the computers were and she said it is everything to them. These kids do not have computers at home.

It got me thinking that more kids with the right exposure and teachers could become hackers.

So upon returning from BOS 2010, I will get the local ad agencies to dedicate their lead designers to teach basic design. Get local developers to do a little basic programming class for these kids and work with the YMCA in town to create an after school program.

Steven Wagner, Founder Dealer Ignition


I'm an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member in my second year of service in Maine. (That's why I can't afford the conference.) I'm a full-time volunteer helping an educational nonprofit organization improve its use of technology (among other things). However, if I receive this offer of a ticket for Business of Software 2010, I'll commit an additional 3 days to helping a partner organization, which does not have internal tech support or funding for consulting, with their website and related tech support.

The "business of software" is intriguing and exciting for me, and I believe that I would "pay it forward" even more in the long-term, applying what I learn there, and my programming skills, to social entrepreneurship after my national service is complete.


I'm an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member in my second year of service in Maine. (That's why I can't afford the conference.) I'm a full-time volunteer helping an educational nonprofit organization improve its use of technology (among other things). However, if I receive this offer of a ticket for Business of Software 2010, I'll commit an additional 3 days to helping a partner organization, which does not have internal tech support or funding for consulting, with their website and related tech support.

The "business of software" is a central question for me, and I believe that I could "pay it forward" even more in the long-term, applying what I learn there, and my programming skills, to social entrepreneurship after my national service is complete.


Why I can't afford it :

This year, I quitted a lucrative job (I'm 27) so that I could create my own web agency. My goal is to bootstrap myself so that I can create an online software in the printing industry (I also work with my father who own a small printing company).

I never would have dream to be able to go to this conference (need to pay for food and rent) but I know that it would really help me create my product.

What I commit : I already work with a non profit organization here in Quebec. They help adolescents/young adult to connect with cybermentors. I gave more than 50% discount on our services (new website) and if I get a ticket, I also commit myself to give them free printing services.


I pledge to take what I learn at Business of Software 2010 to and pay it forward to the product manager community in Austin,TX in a session titled "Top five things I learned at BoS 2010 that can improve the Austin software community." I will give this session at ProductCamp Austin in January of 2011.

I am a software product marketing consultant - I left corporate employment two years ago to work independantly, helping software companies and entrepreneurs connect more effectively with their customers. Although I have been working steadily since the launch of my business, I am not yet at the point where I am able to afford to send myself to Business of Software.


I am a developer and entrepreneur from Zagreb, Croatia. Besides that core, I've been active in organizing local startup community -- I've organized the Web.Start conference in 2007 and 2008 (Joel was our keynote speaker at the first one), and initiated the movement behind the local OpenCoffee Club (Zagreb was third after London and Dublin) and BarCamp Zagreb, and am a co-founder and technical administrator of CRANE, the first angel network in Croatia (completely non-profit).


I love to help start-up companies market software. My personal superhero talent is developing marketing programs for early stage technology (especially software) companies. It is SO fun to leverage new marketing tools and set up efficient processes to compete reasonably with much bigger companies! I'm doing it now for my own start-up and I'd love to help a few other entrepreneurs get their marketing foundations in place and start fueling their sales funnels.


I volunteered over 100 hours of free software development for the initial release of the National Standards Project conducted by the National Autism Center in Randolph, MA. I intend to make a similar commitment for the second release of this analysis as well. This organization does not have the funds to pay for my attendence and my current employer does not reimburse for these types of events and I'll probably have to take personal time off.


I launched LavaBlast Software (http://www.lavablast.com) a few years ago and we're growing via bootstrapping. I'd love to attend the conference and would pay it forward by mentoring another startup in the Lead To Win ecosystem (http://www.leadtowin.ca). This ecosystem helps accelerate startups in the Ottawa (Canada) region.


Does offering free licenses of my product to non-profit orgs counts? In the past year and a half, I've given more than a few dozens of licenses to organizations, schools or people who simply could not afford to buy a $99USD worth license. I haven't kept a strict list of all licenses given away. I usually give and forget.

You can't imagine how much I'd love to see Peldi and Jason Cohen speaking! :-)

Thanks! Cristian Pascu (cristian@flairbuilder.com)


Cristian,

What are you going to do in the future that you wouldn't already be doing?

Neil


Well, the thing is that sales are low for me. Here in Romania we have such an young entrepreneurial culture that we just start learning how to build and sale our products. I'm so keen to learn more and more. I've been working hard in the past year to build this product, but yet I need to learn so much more about promoting and selling it.

If more people find out about my product, than more will take advantage of my "free for non-profit" policy.

Plus, I'm planning to share all my knowledge with my fellows Romanian starting entrepreneurs. Through blogging, video interviews, podcasts etc. Romania has a potential to go beyond the outsourcing destination label, and I'll be happy to bring my contribution.


So I recently built out an entire marketing program (for free of course) for a local merchant who complained that his business was being wiped out by the internet.

I'm happy to do that again. (I've also done it for a prenatal yoga studio).

It doesn't sound like much but considering it takes me at least 8 hours and companies pay me for it, it strikes me as a good deed.


I am currently working on a web-site / process which hopefully will be available sometime next year. I don't want to provide too many details. But I am hoping when done it will provide a free means for people to share grocery prices and by sharing the prices the community overall can save money on grocery shopping.


I am student at Sacramento University finishing my MBA. I will volunteer 2-3 days at local shelter for women and children (http://www.stjohnsshelter.org/) teaching them computer and business skills. Sergei O. - svetmiru@yahoo.com


I've been doing a ton of development over here:

http://speakerwiki.org


I love how whether or not you get a ticket, you end up helping people :)


I love the idea too... even if we don't win it feels good to know a lot of work was done for many organizations that need it.


I am a patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I will draft a patent application for you and file it in the Patent Office.

kip.werking via gmail.


I will set up two of my neighbors home networks for them. They were asking me for recommendations and since I know how I'll set it up for them.


Because I did already asked you for a free ticket for BOS 2008 and none were available at that time. Since I never take no for an answer,I give it another shot : "Hey Neil, may I have a free pass for BOS 2010 ?"


Any update on who was awarded the tickets to BoS 2010?




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