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Paul Graham: Benevolence in Startups

October 7th, 2009 · No Comments · Lovely People, Small Companies

Share and annotate your videos with Omnisio! Paul Graham, founder of ycombinator, discusses the value of benevolence when working with tech startups.

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Sneak Peak Inside Fruit Towers

September 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Innocent, Lovely People

innocent drinks recently had a visit from the folks at LeapAnywhere.com and they were kind enough to take a camera crew around with them so that we can all have a peak inside!

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TED Talk: A Web Of Random Acts of Kindness

September 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Lovely People, Serendipity

In his heartwarming talk from this year’s TEDGlobal in Oxford Jonathan Zittrain discusses various random acts of kindness from the online world.

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Martha Lane Fox: Work Hard, Be Nice To People

September 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Lovely People

Yesterday Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of LastMinute.com, was placed at No. 25 in the Telegraph’s 50 Most Influential Briton’s in Technology. Back in 1997, with business partner Brent Hoberman, she started LastMinute.com which became one of the hits of the UK’s dot-com era.

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Lovely Company News Round-up

September 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Big Companies, Lovely People, Small Companies

Here’s a round-up of all the posts from the LovelyCompanies.com blogroll that I’ve starred recently in my Google Reader. Feedback on this experimental post format is very welcome!

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Fraser’s Tea Parties Land Him A Bighearted Scotland Award

September 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Community, Lovely People, Small Companies, Special Occasions

In the last year, SuperJam boss Fraser Doherty has held over 120 Tea Parties bringing elderly people together and helping them make friends (previous coverage: here and here). Just recently, Fraser’s efforts were rewarded at the ‘Bighearted Scotland Awards’ where he scooped a specially created award as Scotland’s Young Business Person of the Year. The [...]

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Geoff Mulgan: Investing In A Better World

September 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Economics, Lovely People, Non profit, Venture Philanthropy

In his talk from TEDGlobal 2009 Geoff Mulgan, a former Policy Director for Tony Blair, suggests we take the opportunity presented by the global economic crisis to consider a shift of focus towards investing in social innovation.

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Hello Beautiful World!

September 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Charities, Fundraising, Lovely People, Small Companies

Beautiful World is a London-based agency for charities, non-profits and ‘any organization that does the world some good’. The three founding partners of the company each bring their speciality to the mix giving clients a neat blend of strategy, creative and data. Where traditional agencies might be all about old-school print media, these guys are [...]

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Zappos and Amazon Sitting In A Tree

September 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Big Companies, Lovely People, Lovely to Staff

At the end of July this year online book retailer Amazon acquired lovely company Zappos. We’ve written about Zappos a few times before and they have even helped to inspire other lovely companies.

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Securitizing Happiness: Hacking Human Suffering Through Financial Engineering

August 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Happiness, Lovely People, Venture Philanthropy

Below are the slides from Dave McClure‘s talk at TEDxShanghai in June: Dave admits that he’s “not really a financial engineering expert” however he is “optimistic the basic ideas here are viable, worthwhile and can have substantial economic impact on society in the future.”

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Alain de Botton’s kinder, gentler philosophy of success

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Happiness, Lovely People, On Loveliness

I’ve been a fan of Alain de Botton for some time now so I was very excited to learn that he spoke at TEDGlobal in Oxford back in July. Do take a moment to watch his talk above. A couple of choice quotes: It’s perhaps easier now, than ever before, to make a good living. [...]

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Gary Vee: Scaling Caring

June 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Community, Lovely People

Gary Vaynerchuk‘s ‘Scaling Caring’ talk delivered at the recent 140Conf in New York. Other Gary Vee posts on LovelyCompanies.com: Profile, How to react to your website getting hacked, The Future of Communities.

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Meet Andrew Warner

May 26th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Lovely People

I’d like you to meet Andrew Warner. You may already recognise the name as back in January we featured an interview of his about Zappos customer service. Incidentally, that post has been one of our most popular in the last few months! Andrew runs Mixergy.com where he publishes interviews with successful entrepreneurs so that ‘ambitious [...]

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TED Talk: Tackling poverty with patient capitalism

May 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · Charities, Lovely People, Microfinance, Philanthropy, Venture Philanthropy

Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund and author of The Blue Sweater, shares stories of how “patient capital” can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services – and dignity – to the world’s poorest.

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More from Method

March 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Environment, Lovely People

My friend Jonny Philp (founder of OW! Health) recently sent me a link to a video of one of the Method cofounders talking about his company. We’ve written about Method before here. See what you think of this:

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ilikeucoz: The Worlds First Appreciation Engine

March 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Happiness, Lovely People, Special Occasions

Last week I had lunch with Fabio De Benardi who is behind a delightful little website called ilikeucoz. Billed as the world’s first appreciation engine, ilikeucoz is a free service that lets you send little messages of appreciation to your friends and loved ones. There is a nifty appreciation feed on the site’s homepage (they [...]

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TED 2009: First Talks Emerge

February 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Charities, Happiness, Lovely People, Non profit, Philanthropy

Last week was TED week in Long Beach, California. The conference (which we’ve written about before) gives the stage to some of the most fascinating people from around the world to talk for twenty minutes about any topic close to their heart. The talks are then published online, free for all to watch. The first [...]

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Is it marmalade? Is it honey? No, it’s Superjam!

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Lovely People, Small Companies

“Fraser Doherty always loved jam.” So starts the blurb on his website Superjam.co.uk. When Fraser (“Jam boy”) was 14, his Gran shared her jam secrets with him and after developing the healthiest jam recipe he could, he pitched the idea to the supermarkets. Soon his Superjam range was flying off the shelves! Since launching Superjam, [...]

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Meet Gary Vaynerchuk

February 10th, 2009 · No Comments · Lovely People

Gary Vaynerchuk is an American businessman who took over the family business – rebranding it as Wine Library – at a young age and transformed it from a local store into a $50m national industry leader. Every weekday he records an episode of Wine Library TV in which he tastes different wines with his guests [...]

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How to react to your website getting hacked

February 9th, 2009 · No Comments · GSOH, Lovely People, Special Occasions

One of the scariest things that can happen to anyone with a website is to see it get hacked. A few weeks ago a site called Corkd.com, run by Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV, was hacked into, a story which made the front page of TechCrunch. In a flash, Gary was on the scene [...]

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