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Entries from October 29th, 2008

Serendipity at Dopplr

October 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Serendipity, Small Companies

“Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer’s daughter.” – Julius Comroe Jr. The trendy folks at Dopplr have tried to build elements of serendipity into their online service for frequent business fliers. The idea is that you put your travel information into the system and it tells you which [...]

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Lovely Company: JustGiving

October 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Fundraising

JustGiving has been around since 1999 (that’s a long time online!). Their goal? “To help people raise as much as they can for charity by providing an excellent service to as many people as possible”. It’s a straightforward idea. You setup a fundraising page on the website and then tell all your friends and family [...]

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Freed Fashion Launch Party Tonight!

October 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Small Companies

Do you live in London? Are you free tonight? If so, pop down to 6-8 Manor Road any time after 7pm for the Official Freed Fashion launch party! The nearest tube station is Finsbury Park. Click here for more information or here for a map.

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Innocent Founder Spotted On TV

October 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Innocent, Lovely People

One of the founders of innocent drinks appeared on TV recently talking about good value, integrity, giving a percentage of profits to charity and the time he tried to steal a bra advert from his Dad’s favourite shop…

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Lovely Dave McClure

October 20th, 2008 · No Comments · GSOH, Lovely People, Non profit

Behind lovely companies there are lovely people… Dave McClure is a Silicon Valley veteran with a remarkable sense of humour. He’s been in the Valley for over 20 years, in which time he has started his own companies and worked for some big names including a pre-IPO Paypal. He’s now an advisor and angel investor [...]

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Inspirational: Freed Fashion

October 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Small Companies

I caught up with a friend of mine recently and found out more information about the company she is starting. Her name is Rosie Dobby and we’ve known each other since we were small. Together with her business partner Jen they are starting Freed Fashion – an ethical sportswear company. Rosie and Jen are getting [...]

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FundItFrog: Shop Online, Raise Money for Charity

October 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Affiliates

Here’s a great idea: when you shop online with the FundItFrog Facebook application, they get paid a commission which they share with the charity of your choice. Simply do your shopping through their app and you automagically raise money for your favourite charity! Here’s a video of Geoff Hughes explaining the concept in a little [...]

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Have you heard of TED?

October 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Non profit

One thing that makes a company lovely is sharing knowledge.  There are few organisations out there that share knowledge quite as well as TED. TED is an annual conference held in Long Beach, California (and now across the globe). As a conference it is both exclusive and expensive, however the organisers have started uploading videos [...]

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Microlending at Kiva

October 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Microfinance, Non profit

I first came across Jessica Flannery of Kiva.org when she spoke at Thinking Digital earlier this year. The success of Kiva is a truly inspiring story and the project has had a significant impact on many small businesses in developing countries across the world. Check out this video of Jessica and her co-founder and husband [...]

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The MOO Christmas & Holiday Card Caption Competition

October 9th, 2008 · No Comments · MOO

Have some fun on the MOO blog by entering their Christmas caption competition. Get involved – there’s free MOO stuff up for grabs!! Click here to check out the first picture and dream up a witty one-liner…

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An Environmental Challenge from Zac Goldsmith

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Climate Change

Zac Goldsmith, former editor of The Ecologist and advisor to David Cameron, was featured on Times Online recently saying: “Marrying the market with the environment is the defining challenge of our day. If you can find a way of ensuring that waste, pollution, the use of scarce resources become an actual financial liability, then businesses [...]

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Discovering loveliness at McDonald’s

October 6th, 2008 · No Comments · Big Companies, Lovely to Staff

There are few icons of global capitalism quite like McDonald’s .  Many people are quick to criticise the fast food chain including various high profile (moustachioed) campaigners such as José Bové, the Frenchman, and more recently the American Morgan Spurlock. However, behind the scenes there are some suprises in store…  There was a fascinating article [...]

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Innovation Time Off at Google

October 3rd, 2008 · No Comments · Big Companies, Google, Lovely to Staff

It’s well known amongst web developers that one of the perks of working for Google is that you get to spend 20% of your time on whatever interests you (a concept called ‘Innovation Time Off‘).  This freedom to experiment keeps developers happy and has yielded some innovative (not to mention profitable) new products for the [...]

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Seth on Intangibles

October 1st, 2008 · No Comments · Lovely People, On Loveliness, Special Occasions

Seth brainstorms a handful of intangible factors that could have a positive effect on the perception of your company and how you do business.  They include: participation, enthusiasm, hope and also generosity: Did you know that the movie studio bought Robert Downey Jr. a Bentley when Iron Man hit it big?

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