Lisa Gansky

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Lisa Gansky is an author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing, published by Penguin Press, Fall 2010 and the Mesh Directory live and online at, www.meshing.it For more than 18 years, Gansky has been an entrepreneur and environmentalist focused on building companies and supporting social ventures where there is an opportunity for well timed disruption and a resounding impact. A founder and CEO of several internet companies, including GNN (the first web portal sold to AOL) and the largest consumer photo sharing and print service, Ofoto (sold to Eastman Kodak in 2001), Gansky’s attention is on sustainable ventures with positive social impact. She puts a strong emphasis on clean energy, social networks, accelerating community engagement and awareness & exploring new platforms & business models. She is an advisor and investor in several social ventures including: New Resource Bank, Convio, Dos Margaritas (foundation), Greenbiz, Instructables, MePlease, Squidoo, Slide & TasteBook.
  • Session Leader PopTech 2010
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This week in PopTech: Stories of health, language and living

This week in PopTech: Stories of health, language and living

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

PopTech 2009 speaker Luis von Ahn invented ReCaptcha, a program that uses squiggly characters that humans easily decipher but blocks spambots – and helped digitize millions Read more »

This week in PopTech: Female fixers, smelly blocks and financial bubbles

This week in PopTech: Female fixers, smelly blocks and financial bubbles

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

We’re enormously proud that 5 of the 9 women “Fixers” featured in Elle Magazine are from our Social Innovation Fellows network! They include&Read more »

This week in PopTech: Everyone's at SXSW

This week in PopTech: Everyone's at SXSW

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. In addition to PopTech’s Andrew Zolli who is speaking on a panel at SXSW, this week, quite a few people from our network are headed to Austin to participate in SXSW. A handful of their events, panels and, of course, parties follows.

Can you really do good for the world and make a profit at the same timeRead more »

This week in PopTech: Happiness, gifts and saving civilization

This week in PopTech: Happiness, gifts and saving civilization

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

Epidemiologist Dr. Ian Lipkin has been profiled as a Scientist at Work in the New York Times. By developing quick ways to identify viruses and search for new ones, Lipkin has gained a Read more »

Lisa Gansky wants us to join the sharing economy – and give better gifts this holiday season

Lisa Gansky wants us to join the sharing economy – and give better gifts this holiday season

With the recession lingering on, technology entrepreneur Lisa Gansky thinks it’s the perfect reason to give experiences rather than more stuff this holiday season.

Gansky introduced the idea when she spoke at PopTech 2010 about her predictions for the future of business. She revealed how the interconnected relationships and information of the emerging “mesh” economy is

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Lisa Gansky on Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing

Lisa Gansky on Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing

Lisa Gansky, entrepreneur and author of Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing spoke about how the Mesh is a “fundamental shift with the relationships we have with the stuff in our lives.” She’s advocating for better things, more easily shared. She acknowledged that we do have a history of some of shared things: parks, transportation, and what she calls

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