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Our Visit To The Neema Project In Kitale, Kenya

Two weeks ago I traveled to Africa with Carl and his Dad (Carl Sr.) to visit the Neema Project. Neema is a non-profit organization that provides skills training, counseling, and housing for vulnerable young women in Kitale, Kenya. We got connected to the Neema Project through my wife Lindsay, who is a member of Neema’s board of directors. Think Brownstone provides the funds needed to run Neema’s residential program, available to the young women at Neema whose situations at home are the most desperate. These girls are provided with a safe home environment, clean water, food, and medical care—so they can … Read more of the post Our Visit To The Neema Project In Kitale, Kenya

The 2014 Inc. 5000 Conference: Recap & Sketchnotes

Our co-founders Brian and Carl attended the Inc. 500|5000 Conference in both 2012 (when we were #1729) and in 2013—opting to return even when we weren’t on the list because 1) it was such a valuable event and 2) we had our sights set on getting back on there ASAP. It’s no easy feat, and it takes serious creativity and determination to do it even once; making the list multiple times is a serious feather in the cap and it gets exponentially harder based on the metrics that drive placement. So it is worth proudly repeating that Think Brownstone made … Read more of the post The 2014 Inc. 5000 Conference: Recap & Sketchnotes

TBI Does It Again: The 2014 Inc. 5000 & Philly 100 Lists!

Well, it’s happened again—Think Brownstone has been listed in the Inc. 5000 and the Philadelphia 100! These lists track the fastest growing entrepreneurial companies; Inc. for the U.S., Philadelphia for our region. Brian and I were reflecting on that accomplishment the other day, thinking about the things we have done (consciously and unconsciously) to make sure we don’t lose our mojo while we grow. With all of the analytics and data visualization work we’ve been taking on, we naturally turned to our own data to see if it backs up the strategy. Here is what we found: Not Just More Clients, More … Read more of the post TBI Does It Again: The 2014 Inc. 5000 & Philly 100 Lists!

Forge Conference: On Making Digital Things

Last Friday, Mark Schuber and I attended the inaugural Forge Conference here in Philadelphia. Forge is described on the site as “a place for makers”, and the roster of speakers and attendees backed this up. Instead of recruiting speakers famous for…speaking…the organizers from O3 World opted to give a voice to practitioners working on the front line of digital innovation. Obviously, makers dedicated to digital media would do well to study the techniques of their peers in more analogue pursuits, but we face some unique challenges given the ephemerality of our output. We need to find ways to cope with … Read more of the post Forge Conference: On Making Digital Things

Great Experiences: Taste of Prague

Great experiences can happen anywhere. While we work primarily in pixels and screens, we can learn a lot by observing the world around us and taking lessons from our daily lives. Sometimes that means the checkout at the grocery store and other times it means a culinary walking tour through one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The Build Up International travel is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things I think a person (especially an American) can do. It gives you the chance to see all the amazing sights that exist in our world while pulling you out … Read more of the post Great Experiences: Taste of Prague