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mobile4good: a conversation with Ariel Poler (TextMarks) and Ben Rigby (MobileVoter) about how to easily extend your reach to the mobile platform

SocialEarth, Hub Bay Area & Chronicle Books

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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In chatting with social entrepreneurs about mobile, I've heard the following: it's so close, yet so far.  Exactly how can cause-oriented organizations leverage the mobile platform easily and effectively?

You are invited to an exclusive panel and mixer to learn about and share thoughts around leveraging the mobile platform for good - led and attended by some of the biggest changemakers in the Bay Area. 

Ariel Poler, Founder/CEO of TextMarks
Ben Rigby, Founder of MoblieVoter & The Extraordinaries

Attendees include changemakers from
- Room to Read
- Good Capital
- Kiva
- Wokai
- Involver

Mixer, 7pm - 7:30pm
Panel / Q&A, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Mixer, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

None. Rather than charge for admission, we're aiming to raise $400 through donations to cover costs of hosting these events, and to make a collective donation to Please bring cash or check to the event, or PayPal sahuja [at] stanfordalumni [dot] org in advance with what you'd like to give. 

Limited attendance
This is an invite only event with room for 80 attendees, so please RSVP so we know to save you a spot.

Our first event attracted some of the biggest names in social entrepenurship in the Bay Area (, our second event focused on developers who wish to "build4change" (, and our third event featured panelists Premal Shah, Steve Newcomb and Kevin Jones (

We look forward to seeing you on April 1!

sundeep ahuja
& nikki serapio

Click here to join our Facebook group!


Panelist bios
Ariel Poler, Founder/CEO of TextMarks
Ariel has been an Internet entrepreneur and investor since 1994. He was the founder and CEO of IPRO, the first company to measure and audit web traffic. Ariel was founder and CEO of Topica, a leading provider of email marketing solutions. Ariel was founding board member of Kana Software, a pioneering provider of CRM solutions;]; Chairman of LinkExchange (acquired by Microsoft); Chairman of StumbleUpon (acquired by EBay) and board member of Silicon Investor (acquired by Go2Net). Ariel spends most of his time helping Internet start-ups. He currently serves on the board of directors of Freedom Financial, a provider of consumer debt resolution and lead generation services; LOLapps, a social network applications developer, and SpeedDate, an online speeddating service. He is the CEO of TextMarks, which is enabling the “long tail” of SMS publishing. Ariel’s angel investments include RockYou, Flixster, AdMob, Causes, Slideshare, Kongregate, The Experience Project, Xobni, Brightroll, Outright, Mashery, Seesmic, Instructables and NexTag. Ariel holds a B.S. in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.

Ben Rigby, Founder of and The Extraordinaries
Ben graduated from Stanford University with Honors, Distinction, and Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to co-found Akimbo Design, a web design firm that created and managed the consumer Web sites for The North Face, Beringer Vineyards, California Pizza Kitchen and completed award-winning projects for Nokia, Sony Pictures, MGM, Calvin Klein, and Macromedia. His company produced three Web design books, won dozens of awards, and had work featured in major media publications such as Newsweek, the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2002, Ben took a position as CTO of DFILM - a youth entertainment company creating web and mobile applications. At DFILM, he managed the launch of a youth-focused communication platform in partnership with KPN, the largest wireless operator in the Netherlands. He also launched a viral application called the MovieMaker that is consistently used by 300,000 unique users per month and has been licensed by Yahoo!, Sam Adams, IBM, the Sierra Club, and Old Navy. In 2004, he founded Mobile Voter, which was the first organization in the world to engage young voters via text messaging (SMS). With grants from Pew Charitable Trusts and MacArthur Foundation, Mobile Voter registered tens of thousands of voters in 2006. In 2007, Rigby wrote the well reviewed book “Mobilizing Generation 2.0: a handbook for using Web2.0 Technologies to recruit, organize, and engage youth.”

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473 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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SocialEarth, Hub Bay Area & Chronicle Books

SocialEarth is a fresh, entrepreneurial and socially mindful weblog focusing on businesses that are doing good through their work. At SocialEarth, we believe the future of our livelihoods and our world depends on the creation and sustainability of such businesses. Therefore, we seek, promote and support social entrepreneurs, young and old, domestic and international, established and new, who have the audacity to create mindful businesses where profitability is a necessary objective and solving a ‘social ill’ is an imperative.

The Hub is a space for social innovators to work, meet, connect, and inspire. Members come to Hubs across the globe to collaborate, access market opportunities and capital, build community, and scale ideas. It is a place-based and online community of entrepreneurs, freelance professionals, artists, funders, students, mentors, community leaders… amazing people, doing incredible things. We borrowed from the best of a member’s club, business incubator, idea lab, and the comforts of home to create a different kind of space. A habitat for innovators.

One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. The company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes fine art titles in design, art, architecture, and photography.

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