True confessions of a Stern MBA at DonorsChoose.org

Posted: June 26, 2011 by sljohnson81 in Uncategorized
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Confession #1: Before I started my summer internship at DonorsChoose.org, I was nervous that after five years of trading on the buy-side, I would it find it strange to leave work not knowing where the Dow Jones closed. Yet after three weeks at DonorsChoose.org, I find it liberating to be connected to a different electronic marketplace.

Confession #2: DonorsChoose.org resembles a technology start-up more than a traditional non-profit. For those who knows the organization this comes as no surprise since DonorsChoose.org is an online platform connecting individual donors to classrooms in need. The online model provides individual donors with transparency, integrity and choice.  During the first two weeks in the office I felt the tech start-up vibe, but last week at the annual All Staff Conference this observation was confirmed. One of the conference highlights was an all-star panel featuring Jenn Hyman, Co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, Alex Rainert, Chief Product Officer at Foursquare and Kruti Patel Goyal, Director, Operations & Business Development of Etsy. The panelists discussed and shared insights about their innovative approaches to customer service, product & design and employee engagement.  Seeing the similarities between these leading technology companies and DC.org was amazing.

Confession #3: I knew DC.org was a notable organization, but I had no idea the extent of the distinct and remarkable work that 53 relentless full-time employees embark on everyday at DonorsChoose.org. DC.org was the only non-profit on Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2011, and it also became self-sustaining this year, which is truly incredible.

Stayed tuned for more confessions of a Stern MBA at DonorsChoose.org as I embark on week 4.
http://www.donorschoose.org/blog/

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