All posts tagged: websites i like

WEBSITES I LIKE: Humans of New York

I’ve been in the internet industry for over a decade and there are many, many websites I like. However, only a handful make a difference,  and a select few make a positive global impact. For this reason, I’m choosing to feature Humans of New York. The concept is simple: Brandon Stanton goes around New York, taking pictures of strangers while asking them about themselves, soliciting a piece of advice, all of the above, or neither — some just strike a pose.  The result of all of his efforts was brilliant and his blog (which I discovered earlier this year via Tumblr!) led to a book that even recently became a #1 New York Times Bestseller!  As a person who loves people-watching and speculating on everyone’s thoughts, feelings, and potential history, I found myself  spending several hours on HONY as soon as I learned about it. I loved getting to know these strangers who reveal so much in a single poignant phrase. There are some striking individuals whom I would probably never meet in my life, …

Websites I Like: Kiva.Org

I’ve been in the internet industry for over a decade and there are many, many websites I like. However, only a handful make a difference,  and a select few make a positive global impact. For this reason, I’m choosing to feature Kiva.org. Kiva’s mission is to help alleviate poverty worldwide through micro-financing. It’s not about writing checks and dropping it in the mailbox. It is about helping someone through a loan, which they will then pay back.  You can read about the person’s background and life story on the site, you will see their payment plan, and you can fund another person/group after the other loan has been repaid. It’s so simple, it’s awesome. For the first loan I’m lending to, I chose a 54 year old man’s recycling business in Philippines. His annual income is $1200 and he also has adopted children that he supports. I’ve met some people like him in Philippines. They barely have enough for themselves but they find it in their hearts to help others in any way they can. …