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startup lessons

7 Startup Lessons Learned from Quill’s Founder

Behind every startup success story is a huge heap of failures. (Yep, it’s true.) Few know that better than Fast Forward alumni Peter Gault, founder of Quill, the free, online writing tool for students. When Peter started the Fast Forward Accelerator, Quill had served 10,000 students.

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resources for nonprofits

Highlights from Demo Day 2018

Demo Day 2018 was, by all accounts, a big success! We had a packed house in both San Francisco and Silicon Valley, riveting storytelling, and massive support for ten world-changing tech nonprofits. The Demo Days, hosted at Box in Silicon Valley and Google Community Space

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nonprofit fundraising

Navigating Nonprofit Fundraising – Advice from Experts

Can you guess what tech nonprofit entrepreneurs ask us about the MOST every single year? That’s right, nonprofit fundraising. Despite the fact that all startups – for-profit, nonprofit, and unintentionally nonprofit – must fundraise (sometimes forever) there’s still something about raising philanthropic dollars that sounds

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good in tech

What’s Good in Tech, Issue 6

Accelerator season may be over here at Fast Forward, but that doesn’t mean the tech for good news is slowing down! This month in What’s Good in Tech we’re serving up: Google.org grants for global expansion, the way teens *really* want to learn sex ed,

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These Students are Lifting Fellow Peers out of Financial Burden

This is the tenth piece in Fast Forward’s 2018 Accelerator Series featuring Peerlift, the platform connecting underserved high schoolers to micro-scholarships for college.   After winning a collective half a million dollars in scholarship funds, a group of high schoolers found themselves in Atlanta attending a

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We Vote is Taking the Confusion out of Voting

This is the ninth piece in Fast Forward’s 2018 Accelerator Series featuring We Vote, a national, digital voter guide that leverages the power of networks to make voting easier.  “We’ve seen such a technology explosion since the early dot com days, but there’s been a

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nonprofit customer service

Got an App? You Need Customer Support for That!

Field of Dreams was right with the whole, “If you build it they will come,” thing. If you’re building a tech nonprofit product that will (hopefully… scratch that – definitely!) amass a large user base, be prepared for those users to come running with support

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From Silicon Valley to Refugee Camps

From Silicon Valley to Refugee Camps

This is the eighth piece in Fast Forward’s 2018 Accelerator Series featuring Tarjimly, which means “translate for me” in several languages.   It’s January 27, 2017 and Trump’s first Travel Ban has been issued, blocking U.S. entry for citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries and terminating

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