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My Tech Hero

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  • I'll be tweeting this out as well - but my tech hero is Steve Glikbarg. While getting his MBA at Stanford back in the early 90s, Steve and his fellow students envisioned an online tool where people that wanted to volunteer could look for activities in their communities. ImpactOnline became a reality in 1994 - and it's now called VolunteerMatch. Steve also started promoting virtual volunteering almost from day one that the site launched (he may have coined the term - I've never known for sure). I met him because I was also, on my own, trying to get nonprofits in Silicon Valley interested in computers and the Internet - and resistance to such was rather strong. He and an Impact Online co-founder started the Virtual Volunteering Project in 1996, to get more nonprofits to embrace volunteer engagement via the Internet. He really has been quite a pioneer regarding nonprofits and online tech. To this day, he remains a sounding board for me for some of my crazy tech ideas.