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That Cancer Came Too Young

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

by Mike Duchen, Manager of Biz and Development

“Cancer” is a strange word. When most young people who have never been touched by this disease hear someone say “Cancer”, it usually goes in one ear and out the other without ever really thinking about it. Maybe it is that young people hear about it all the time in the news and see it in movies, or maybe they are just too afraid to really take the time to understand it.

I was one of those people.


[Working in Guatemala for Community Enterprise Solutions]

I didn’t fully understand what cancer was until it literally hit me so hard in the stomach that it made me physically stop in my tracks and threw me into the fight of my life. Suddenly, I went from working in Guatemala to lying in a hospital bed in Colorado Springs with a doctor telling me that I was going to have surgery in a day and start chemotherapy in a week. As anyone one can imagine this was a bit of shock.

Four rounds of chemo (wish I had a LibreClothing sweater for my port access), two surgeries and many additional trips to Rocky Mountain Cancer Center later I found something. I found that the word “Cancer” led me to meet some of the most courageous, generous, and inspirational people that I have ever met. I quickly discovered that there is an army of Cancer survivors that not only beat this terrible disease but, for the most part, want to help others that are currently going through similar, physical, mental, and emotional feelings. It led me to meet new friends; it gave me the courage to follow my passion.

[After my last round of chemo visiting my sister]

My personal passion is to help others who are dealing with cancer because I know what it is like to be in the trenches, and I learned how uplifting sharing feelings with other people can be. I had the privilege of becoming good friends with Laird while living in Boulder, Colorado this past year. Laird was not only the toughest and most engaging five-year old I have ever met, but he also went through a cancer treatment that made mine look like a walk in the park. Laird and I became quick friends after sharing a burrito and laughing hysterically through the movie Despicable Me, during a hospital visit. Laird taught me that I should step back and take a drink of my own “medicine” of what I was sharing with others; so, I quit my job in Boulder, chased my dream, and moved to San Francisco to work for GlobalMojo.

[My friend Laird! He's in remission and I look forward to sharing more burritos!]

GlobalMojo is my dream job because I have the opportunity to not only help others battling cancer everyday, but our technology has the capability to support all types of great causes by driving revenue to their organizations in such a new and unique way. Working with non-profits in the past and personally knowing the financial expenses that accompany battling a disease, I truly think that GlobalMojo is going to change the way that non-profits and organizations generate money to become more sustainable.

“Cancer” led me to be a part of our awesome team at GlobalMojo, and I look forward to the exciting journey to help make the world a better place now and change the way people support nonprofits and causes in the future!

This post can also be found as a guest blog on Libre

Behind the Copy and Dashboard At GlobalMojo

Monday, December 19th, 2011

By Michelle Thai, Marketing Intern

Just because we’re a tech company doesn’t mean we only talk about API, CDN, CLI commands, other techy acronyms. While I was cleaning my GlobalMojo email inbox, I stumbled upon this an old conversation between the team and our CEO, Dan.

Maybe the point is that in addition to talking about API, CDN, and CLI commands, and other techy acronyms, we talk about unicorns too. Hah! But no really, the silly company culture we have at GlobalMojo is one of the top reasons why it’s such a rockstar place to work.

GlobalMojo Turns Off All Tech

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

How often do you check your phone? What if you’re at the dinner table, or at a party, or at a company meeting? Don’t worry, we aren’t hating. We’re all tech junkies here at GlobalMojo, after all. But that’s why Day To Disconnect was so appealing to us.

Day To Disconnect was on Sunday, October 2nd, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a day in which we commit at least one hour to disconnect from all technology (and yes, that did include our smartphones!).

Photo Credit to MomGadget.com

All of us at GlobalMojo are all kind of addicted to checking our emails, Facebook, and reading the latest and greatest on Mashable and NPR, but we saw the importance of putting it all away for a few hours to really live in the moment and re-connect with our loved ones without the distraction of our phones or laptops.

That’s what some of us did exactly, with a lot of ease might I add: Our director of tech, Scott, spent the day reconnecting with a dear friend who moved here from his hometown of Denver. He showed her the city and people-watched over to the Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. “It felt great, after I checked into Foursquare and put my phone away!” he said.

Courtney, GlobalMojo’s marketing advisor, spent her hour hiking with her family without their phones or cameras. “It was an awesome time because I felt free and I knew that within that hour I was not obligated to answer any e-mails or phone calls. It was truly peaceful and I will say I honesty enjoyed being ‘unreachable.’” she said.

Our CEO, Dan, wrote “Actually I try to ‘tune out’ of technology every day to spend time with my family, so it was not hard, but it is purposeful,” after spending Sunday afternoon at church and lunch with his family.

Even though we’re all about tech, and even though we’d love for you to be using our browser app 24/7, we encourage time away from all the tech in our lives. Like Courtney says, “It’s amazing the things you notice when you’re not looking down, glued to your phone! I could definitely use a day to disconnect every once in a while!”

So what about you? Do you designate a certain time of the day to spend on yourself or your loved ones, without any tech distracting you? Will you?

GlobalMojo at Social Good Summit

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

by Michelle Thai, GlobalMojo Intern

We’re jealous. Last week, our CEO Dan Todd attended a truly fantastic event: the Social Good Summit in NYC, hosted by Mashable.

Just to give you an idea of the crowd there…

  • Lance Armstrong, Founder and Chairman of LIVESTRONG
  • Ted Turner, Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc. and the United Nations Foundation
  • Desmond Tutu, Chair of The Elders
  • Elie Wiesel, President of Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
  • Geena Davis, Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
  • and many more…

We asked Dan to share with us his enlightening experience and what it means for GlobalMojo.

[Geena Davis, Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Brian Gott, publisher of Variety discuss gender equality and empowering women and girls.]

Of all the key influencers that attended, Dan said he was most intrigued to hear from Elie Wiesel and Ted Turner. “They’re both older and have been around the world. I was interested in hearing their perspective on how they see the world change.”

Dan mentioned to me it wasn’t about tech or social media that was going to make a difference, to end suffering around the world– Wiesel doesn’t even use social media – it was about simply getting involved and helping others.

The new tools we have today, like Facebook and Twitter, aren’t inherently going to do good. They are merely tools that can facilitate the way we care for and share with others.

What does that mean for GlobalMojo, though?

Dan says it’s shocking how much suffering is going on all over the world. “If we really think about it,” says Dan, “a child is dying every six minutes in Somalia.”

[Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore hosts a Q&A with Elie Wiesel, President of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Photo credits to Mashable.]

It’s hard for Americans to think of these horrific facts. We’re in a system of consumption, Dan explains, and we participate in it blindly as we consume goods at their lowest costs and don’t know the implications of where it came from or where the money goes. However, it’s not all bad news….

GlobalMojo is gladly taking part of the system by letting users consume like normal, says Dan, but redirecting a percentage of their purchases to causes they care about.

The only thing that is powerful and big enough to make a difference – to save the lives of babies worldwide, to put up enough mosquito nets to stop the spread of malaria – is global commerce.

Imagine if 5% of corporations gave 1% of their revenue to help fight global issues… In Coca Cola’s second quarter, it grossed $4.3 billion. 1% of that is $43,000,000. It only costs 24 cents to give an African child a vaccine for measles. If we can harness this power to do good, then we could really change the world.

“Human beings all change. Not what they are but who they are. We have the power to change what we do with our life and turn it into our destiny.” –Elie Wiesel

A Peak into GM’s Culture

Friday, July 15th, 2011

To show our appreciation for our developers’ hard work these past few months, and to celebrate our recent investment, we decided Wednesday was going to be an evening of kicking back, relaxing with good eats and drinks!

While the majority of us are either Bay Area natives or have lived here for a few years, quite a few of us have never ventured north of the Golden Gate Bridge. So, our destination? Bar Boccee in beautiful, sunny Sausalito.

With the latest additions to our team—Jayjay and Michelle—our growing team was excited to get to know each other. Most everyone brought along a plus 1, so we had a lot of fun sharing stories about these rockstars in our lives, guessing each other’s age (umm… AWKWARD), and learning how to play bocce, all while enjoying cocktails, beers, and yummy pizza with caramelized onions.

The highlight of the evening? Seeing everyone let loose (ahem, Brad, we’re talking about you) and really enjoy each other’s company and personality outside the office walls. Who knew that our developer Barrington is a secret Bocce pro?

What We’ve Been Up To Here at GM

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Howdy GlobalMojo Users! We’ve been burning the midnight oil here at the office to introduce some really great features (if we do say so ourselves) that will allow you to raise even more money for your selected causes. Without further adieu… Here’s a look at our latest and greatest:

How about those browser apps?

The GlobalMojo Giving Assistant browser app now works with Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, in addition to Firefox. The Safari browser app is coming soon… To get the app, simply open up your preferred browser, visit globalmojo.com and select “Free Download.” The browser app works just like the old GlobalMojo browser, only it works within the latest browser technologies available. And not to worry, your account will stay exactly the same (just click “already a user” once you install the app). (more…)