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The Rise of the Impact Entrepreneur

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We all love sharing photos online, but isn't there more we can do with technology? Hopefully yes, given our nation's problems like health care costs outstripping growth of GDP, reliance on fossil fuels & climate change escalating, and government wasting billions of our tax dollars on stone-age software. Startups are unleashing digital technology on some of the world's biggest problems - and making big money in the process. Meet social impact investors, learn about the technologies and companies poised to tackle our 21st century problems, and witness the growing movement of "tech for good".



Ariel Schwartz Sr Editor Fast Company

Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist, Fast Company Magazine's website focusing on world changing ideas and innovation. Previously, she was the Technology Editor at Inhabitat and the Site Editor at She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, and GOOD Magazine, where she wrote a weekly column about energy innovation.

Halle Tecco Co-Founder & CEO Rock Health

Halle is the Founder & CEO of Rock Health, the first startup accelerator for healthcare companies. She previously worked for Intel and Apple, and founded She earned a BS at Case Western Reserve University and an MBA at Harvard Business School. Halle was named one of CNN’s “12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare” and Forbes “30 under 30″.

John Lilly Partner Greylock Partners

Rachel Barge Partner Greenstart

Rachel is a nationally recognized sustainability advocate and entrepreneur, recently being named a “30 under 30″ by Forbes. As a partner and head of communications at Greenstart, Rachel is charged with telling the stories of the entrepreneurs who are transforming the multi-trillion dollar energy market with disruptive cleanweb technologies. Rachel launched her first startup at the age of 22, a national consultancy that helped universities deploy over $16M towards energy efficiency, clean energy and green revolving loan funds. She served as Director of The Business Council on Climate Change, and Executive Director of CleantechU, a philanthropic initiative supporting cleantech entrepreneurs at universities. Rachel is winner of the prestigious David Brower Youth award, Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Wild Gift Fellowship. She holds a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies and Forestry from UC Berkeley.