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Ben Berkowitz

Entries by Ben Berkowitz

Donations by Government Contractors and Lobbyists in Local Politics

(6) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 3:10 PM

We have a strict policy at SeeClickFix that myself and my full-time co-founders can not donate to local politicians. SeeClickFix is a city contractor, and although we're allowed to donate by law, I feel that it is unethical to contribute to the campaigns of those who may decide whether or...

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Warren Buffett Tells Men To 'Get Onboard,' Boost Women In Business

(19) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 7:45 AM

(Reuters) - The key to America's future success lies in helping women achieve as much as their male counterparts, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said in an essay published on Thursday that echoes a recent debate about gender roles in Corporate America.

Buffett - whose conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway was recently...

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Michael Dell Back In The Spotlight With Rumors Of A Buyout

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 9:43 AM

By Ben Berkowitz

(Reuters) - Michael Dell gave up day-to-day control of the computer company that bears his name once, an experiment that went poorly and ended relatively quickly - but he may be willing to try it again in another bid to reverse the company's fortunes.

Dell Inc is...

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Volunteers, Local Governments and FEMA Use the Internet to Fight Back the Effects of Sandy

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:27 AM

In a quick time-out from helping folks use SeeClickFix to recover from Sandy we wanted to share one of our favorite stories of communities coming together around this devastating event.

Having heard about the platform from an article in the WSJ last month written by Steven Berlin...

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How to Use Modern Crowdsourcing Apps to Keep an Eye on the Original Crowdsourcing App

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 3:52 PM

The original crowdsourcing app, the voter booth, is going to be put to use tomorrow in thousands of municipalities around the United States. This once revolutionary app has been the staple of American democracy for hundreds of years and, until recently, was our best gauge of civicly engaged populations. Like...

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Start-up Weekend: Put Your Time Where Your Mouth Is

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 3:47 PM

I received an email yesterday from a New Havener excited for the coming start-up weekend. She has an idea for a mobile application that will tie in with a previously developed local mapping resource. Her question was around the feasibility of building the project in one weekend and...

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AIG Offers To Buy Back $15.7 Billion In Mortgage-Backed Securities From Fed

(13) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 6:20 AM

(Reuters) - American International Group (AIG.N) offered on Thursday to buy back, for $15.7 billion cash, mortgage-backed securities the U.S. government took off the bailed-out insurer's hands during the financial crisis.

The announcement came as a surprise, though AIG -- which nearly collapsed in the fall...

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Warren Buffett: 'My Trigger Finger Is Itchy'

(208) Comments | Posted February 26, 2011 | 11:04 AM

Warren Buffett is looking for acquisitions as an outlet to deploy his $38 billion cash pile, the legendary investor said in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders on Saturday.

Buffett gave an aggressive earnings forecast for Berkshire's collection of businesses, said the company...

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Next Generation Democracy: Open Web Platforms, Local Activists and the US Coastguard

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 4:33 PM

Next Generation Democracy -- What the Open Source Revolution Means for Power Politics and Change, written by Jared Duval, was released today by Bloomsbury.

(Full disclosure for this review: Jared has become a friend since he first interviewed us for the SeeClickFix chapter in the book. He...

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The Great Urban Hack -- Not so Lazy Sunday

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2010 | 4:35 PM

Three years ago my co-founders at SeeClickFix and I sat down on a Sunday for a fixed four hour jam session to create a prototype of a web platform for reporting civic concerns. Today 50-plus journos, entrepreneurs and geeks are working under similar time constraints for the social...

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