Connie Kwan is a Product Manager and Entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, CA. She builds teams to deliver products that benefit people, planet and profit. She holds an MBA in Sustainability at Presidio Graduate School and blogs about sustainability and business at Sustainable Thinking: Applied (http://blog.conniekwan.com)

Helping Bottom of Pyramid Workers Find Jobs in Africa

Did you know that the unemployment rate is 12% in Ghana and 40% in Kenya? At DEMO 2013 last week, I caught up with Maxwell Donkor who is working to solve this problem. Donkor is the founder of mPawa, who matches bottom of pyramid workers with employers.

Giving X-ray Vision to Everyday Heroes

Bounce Imaging sells a throw-able, 360 degree imaging and sensor ball for first responders. Now police officers, fire responders and industrial operators can see inside a burning or gas-filled room before sending people in.

Book Review: The New Sustainability Advantage, by Bob Willard

Bob Willard’s 10th Anniversary book, The New Sustainability Advantage, is an update of the old with new and relevant examples. For sustainability non-believers, his book is a great first guide. It succinctly summarizes bottom-line benefits of sustainable practices in relevant business terms.

Video Interview: America’s CTO Catalyzes Health Entrepreneurship Through Open Data

Health data liberation is catalyzing entrepreneurs to create products and services to help consumers, patients, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals both seek and deliver better care. The data is also enabling tools that help doctors get a sense of patient population trends, that help journalists identify key report worthy issues such as health disparities and that help officials see food deserts so they can craft better policy.

3 Valentine Tips for Winning Investor Love

The top 9 startups were chosen from a pool of over 200 applications to publicly pitch at the Valentine’s Day Pitch Conference. Startup teams had 5 minutes to win the panelists over. Panelists included big names in startup investing, such as Dave McClure, founder of 500 startups and Thomas Korte, founder of Angel Pad.

Video Interview: Who Grows Your Food?

One of the fundamental failures of market economies is their wrongful assumption that all members enjoy equal access to information.  Suppose we can solve that issue when it comes to food.  Would the “invisible hand” make the right choices to put us on a sustainable path?   Perhaps we will soon find out.  Foodtree is a … Continued

Video Interview: Connecting Food with Health

Among the greatest challenges of our generation are water, food, and energy.  Food is almost an offshoot of the other two because so much water and energy is used to produce it.  So how do we make sustainable food choices on a large scale?  By connecting it to a value that every human being can … Continued

Eleven Social Games to Promote Wellness

“One ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   But prevention is difficult, because it requires behavior changes, which is difficult.  That’s why wellness through gaming, gamification and social mobile apps is heating up.  It’s easy to change behavior when engaged through a game or working towards the goal with a group of friends.  … Continued