Posted on November 18, 2011 by

Creating Change.

I am headed to the American India Foundation ( Chicago fundraiser tonight.  On the surface, it is an elegant Bollywood-themed gala that will host over 600 corporate and philanthropic leaders from Chicago.  Behind the scenes, the annual event is a primary source of capital that funds AIF’s mission to catalyze social and economic change in Read More

Posted on April 28, 2011 by

The More Time You Spend…

Disaster Relief Program Impact

A common problem for start-ups is balancing a timely product launch with creating the perfect product.  Personally, product-storming with our start-up partners is my favorite part of  Dashfire (excluding a company selling for millions of dollars, of course).  But, while the conversations can be enjoyable, the ideating can quickly become interminable and detrimental.  Our mutual Read More

Posted on March 29, 2011 by

Prince Charles Digs Saath.

One of Saath’s biggest supporters is an organization in England called the British Asian Trust.  HRH Prince Charles spoke at a recent BAT gala and referenced Saath’s Umeed project.  Check out the excerpt from the speech below and read about the event here:   Awesome work by Saath & Umeed and of course, all of Read More

Posted on March 10, 2011 by

Microfinance DOES Improve the Lives of the Poor. Just Ask Them.

Rick Desai Microfinance

All good things must come to an end, right?  I hope that’s not the case for microfinance even after the industry endured a tumultuous 6 month stretch.  A wave of farmer suicides in India were attributed to  unbearable debt obligations funded  by micro loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs).  Among those implicated was SKS, the darling NGO-turned-publicly-traded-and-extremely-profitable MFI. Read More

Posted on November 20, 2010 by

Going Back, Back to India, India.

r3 resources rick desai

I’m headed back to India for the first time since leaving the fellowship in July 2009.  It’s a very packed 2 week trip but I’m very excited to get back.  I’m meeting Nick and spending 4 days with our FarShore team (I can’t wait to “wire-in” with our developers).  I’ll be attending a family reunion Read More

Posted on November 9, 2010 by

Accountability (and the case for paying for services).

I had the opportunity to hear Jason Fried, the founder of the project management tool Basecamp, speak this spring at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School Entrepreneurship Week.  Jason said a number of interesting things based on his book “Rework”, but the most memorable part of his speech were his comments on “paying for services”. I found this Read More