Relative to what Doug says:
"We have to raise money to get basic, necessary things done. BI is too small; SRI
is the only candidate not-for-profit organization within my horizon which has the
capability and the world-wide reach to provide the necessary kind of launch
So in pursuit, as I understand it, Russell Hall, Managing Director of Legacy
Venture Capital, specializes in venture capital philanthropy techniques similar to
Gib Myers, chairman of Mayfield Fund & Entrepreneur's Foundation
(http://www.the-ef.org) and John Doerr, Co-Founder of New Schools Venture Fund
(http://www.newschools.org). and have funded SRI spinoffs like:
* Center for Innovative Learning Technologies (CILT) (http://www.cilt.org)
* TAPPED IN™ (http://www.tappedin.org)
But after checking references, this is what I found:
Founded in 1995, Foundation Capital is a premier venture capital firm committed to
providing exceptional service to entrepreneurs to help build great new companies.
In addition to capital, Foundation invests effort, perspective, and experience in
business to business e-commerce, Internet infrastructure, telecommunications and
networking and business to consumer e-commerce startups. The firm takes a hands-on
approach, partnering with companies in their formative stages and helping them gain
access to industry leaders, potential customers, prospective partners, world-class
board members and candidates for key management positions. Current portfolio
companies include Air Fiber, Atheros Communications, Commerce One (NASDAQ Š CMRC),
Financial Engines, idealab!, Interwoven (NASDAQ Š IWOV), NetFlix.com, NetZero
(NASDAQ Š NZRO), Pacific Edge, Shoreline Teleworks and WhereNet.
So for future references in our DKR handbook for funding other NICs this is what I
* Education Resources
o Public Education Network http://www.publiceducation.org Working to
educate the nation about the relationship between school quality and the
quality of community andpublic life.
o eSchool News Online http://www.eschoolnews.org Where K-12 education and
technology meet National Center for Education Statistics
o A comprehensive guide to education statistics Eduventures
http://www.eduventures.com Valuable newsletter with updates on the
education industry from a company which seeks to link for-profit
education companies with investors.
o Education Week http://www.edweek.org Articles and updates about upcoming
special events in education.
o Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) http://www.askeric.org A
federally-funded national information system with one of the strongest
and broadest research engines on the web.
o Web66 http://web66.coled.umn.edu/ Facilitating the introduction of
technology into K-12 schools.
o USWired http://www.USWired4Ed.com/ US Wired is an online education source
offering complete, useful and effective resources for teachers, families,
and local schools.
o EduHound http://www.eduhound.com The EduHound.com directory provides a
prescreened database directory of K-12 Educational Links categorized by
subject, alphabetically from a list of clickable keywords, and
additionally providing numerous link pages to selected pertinent resource
* Resources for Entrepreneurs'
* Community Wealth Ventures http://www.communitywealth.com A business
development consulting firm serving for-profit and non-profit businesses with
* Nonprofit Genie http://www.genie.org Provides information and technical
assistance to the nonprofit community. This site includes annotated lists of
recommended publications and links to nonprofit resources.
* Consultants ONTAP http://www.ontap.org A searchable database of consultants
who work with nonprofits in Northern California.
* National Center for Social Entrepreneurs http://www.socialentrepreneurs.org
Introductory seminars, site visits and other consulting services for
entrepreneurs in all fields of the non-profit sector.
* Who Cares http://www.whocares.org Register on-line for a free subscription to
this magazine for social entrepreneurs.
* The Foundation Center http://www.fdncenter.org Comprehensive directory of
private, corporate and community foundations as well as advice, reading lists,
links to other useful sites.
* National Center for Nonprofit Boards http://www.ncnb.org/main.htm
The National Center for Nonprofit Boards (NCNB) is dedicated to increasing the
effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of
Public Policy Information
o U.S. Department of Education http://www.ed.gov This web site includes a
strong research engine and links to sites of various federal education
offices, such as the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
o EdSource http://www.edsource.org Provides information about California's
emerging public education issues.
o U.S. Charter Schools Website http://www.uscharterschools.org A national
web site that shares practical information and innovations among charter
school operators (e.g., teachers, parents, principals, community members,
etc.). A must-visit site for charter school leaders, consultants,
researchers and policy makers.
o The Charter Friends National Network http://www.charterfriends.org A
national network connecting and supporting resource centers and other
state-level charter support. Provides publications, conferences, online
communications, a grant program, and multi-state initiatives on high
priority issues including accountability, facilities financing, special
education and federal policy development.
o Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
http://www-gse.berkeley.edu/research/pace/ PACE is an independent policy
research center whose primary aim is to enrich education policy debates
with sound analysis and hard evidence.
Resources for Teachers and Parents
o Education World http://www.education-world.com Book reviews, web site
reviews, lesson planning and curriculum resources about integrating the
Internet into the classroom.
o Parents for Public Schools http://parents4publicschools.com A national
organization of grassroots chapters dedicated to supporting and
strengthening public schools in communities throughout America.
o GreatSchools.net http://www.greatschools.net an online guide to schools
in California Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning
http://www.cftl.org increasing the capacity of California's teachers.
o Classroom Connect http://www.classroom.com/home.asp Classroom Connect
works with educators in bringing the power of the Internet to their
Business Plan Advice
o Entreworld.org http://www.entreworld.org Outstanding site for novice
entrepreneurs sponsored by the prestigious Kauffman Center. Over two
dozen articles about the art and science of business plans, as well
advice on legal issues, finance, marketing, staffing, and other topics
relevant to start-ups.
o D e l o i t t e & T o u c h e
http://www.dtonline.com/writing/executivesummary.htm Outlines the basic
components of a business plan and describes each section in detail.
o Small Business Administration
informative site of the federal agency that supports small businesses.
Provides loans and venture capitalfinancing to small businesses unable to
secure financing through normal lending channels as well as technical
assistance. Excellent tutorial on how to write a business plan for the
Other Venture Philanthropy Organizations
o Echoing Green Foundation http://www.echoinggreen.org This non-profit
foundation offers full-time fellowships to emerging social entrepreneurs,
as well as seed money and technical support. Their “resource center”
section provides excellent advice on a wide range of topics relevant to
non-profit start-ups, including public relations, finance and accounting,
strategic planning, etc.
o Roberts Enterprise Development Fund http://www.redf.org Supports
nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing
financing, technical assistance, access to technology, and other support.
o Silicon Valley Community Ventures http://www.svcv.org Provides mentoring,
resources, loans and equity financing to businesses located in or hiring
from low-income Bay Area communities.
o The Entrepreneurs Foundation http://www.the-ef.org Scales up successful
community programs by applying venture capital principles. Also helps
private-sector companies incorporate community service into their
o Peninsula Community Foundation http://www.pcf.org/ The Center for Venture
Philanthropy (CVP) section of Peninsula Community Foundation is a forum
for community donors to collaborate and catalyze societal change.
o Social Venture Partners http://www.svpseattle.org/home.htm Using the
venture capital approach as a model, SVP is committed to giving time,
money and expertise to create partnerships withnot-for-profit
organizations in the Puget Sound region.
o NewProfit, Inc. http://www.newprofit.org/ Venture philanthropy for social
New Profit Inc.'s mission is to partner with the most promising social
enterprises and to help them increase their social impact by providing
financial and management development support.
Henry van Eyken wrote:
> Eugene Eric Kim wrote, among other things:
> > However, Doug is also 100 percent committed to open source. This is an
> > important point to reiterate, because it sounds like people on the list
> > are dubious about whether or not this project will ever happen as open
> > source. There is no question that it will.
> I had asked Doug to reply to some previous correspondence on the subject. In
> support of Kim's remarks, I'll take the liberty to quote from my cc:
> "This effort very definitely is NOT for the enrichment of Stanford and BI. For
> me, this is a crusade, started almost exactly 49 years ago, and perservered
> through a great deal of discouraging set-backs. For instance, the last three
> years have been without salary (if I hadn't won a gigantic prize, I'd have been
> in real trouble).
> And, I am totally serious about the Open-Source pursuit of our OHS evolution.
> I can't see how proprietary systems embedded in classical market environment
> can yield the scale and rate of evolution that is called for in order to do
> this bootstrapping on a scale that I feel is necessary.
> We have to raise money to get basic, necessary things done. BI is too small;
> SRI is the only candidate not-for-profit organization within my horizon which
> has the capability and the world-wide reach to provide the necessary kind of
> launch platform.
> Note, Stanford University has no direct role here; SRI is completely separate.
> The legal arrangement with SRI explicitly keeps them from gaining any
> proprietary position from their involvement here as an important contractor.
> We are interacting with central players in the open-source movement to maximize
> our learning and planning. The total focus is for OPEN OHS.
> I appreciate your expressions of concern, and welcome any future participation
> that you and your friends may choose to provide.
> Sincerely, Doug Engelbart"
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