The question that gets asked about technology, the one that is almost always precisely the wrong question is, ‘How does this advance help our business?’

The correct question is, ‘how does this advance undermine our business model and require us/enable us to build a new one?’


Seth Godin, from here

Technology exponentially aids Haiti

A whole lot of help is greater than the sum of its parts. Here are astronomical numbers—which would be impossible without 21st century technology—that are providing much-needed funds, awareness and crisis support after the January 12th earthquake rattled the historically poverty-stricken country:

  • 8,600,000+ people have received updates on how to help via high-profile Twitterers Ashton Kutcher, Ana Marie Cox, Wyclef Jean and The White House
  • $2,000,000+ were donated within the first 36 hours through the Red Cross’ mobile donation program (texting “Haiti” to 90999 adds a $10 donation to your phone bill)
  • $400,000+ were donated to Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund in its first 24 hours (texting “Yele” to 501501 adds a $5 donation to your phone bill)
  • 1,500+ status updates containing the word “Haiti” were being posted to Facebook every minute
  • 140+ reports have been uploaded to the Haitian platform of Ushahidi, a nonprofit that crowdsources crisis information to people on the ground via mobile devices (okay, so the number isn’t astronomical, but the concept is out of this world)

Amazing how much we can do so quickly and easily thanks to innovative uses of the technology at the tips of our fingers. If you have the means—time, money or mouth—keep the help going.

Sources: Philadelphia Inquirer, NYTimes, LATimesVentureBeat, Ragan