Tag Archives: Icons & Innovators

.CO Icons & Innovators: Thomas Debass

By

CO Icons & Innovators_Debass

The .CO Icons & Innovators Series showcases interviews with the big thinkers, crazy dreamers, rule breakers and risk takers who spend their days breaking through boundaries, creating new possibilities, and transforming current realities to build the future online – on .CO, of course!

Who is Thomas Debass?

I’m the Managing Director of the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships in the U.S. Department of State. The office is essentially a public private partnership incubator/accelerator that fosters collaborations aiming to address wicked global problems or enhance U.S. diplomatic and development efforts around the world. I am powered by 4G (loving wife and three daughters). Outside of my day job, I run CoderDojo Northern Virginia, a volunteer-driven community coding club for kids, and serve as the Founding Dean of the Northern Virginia Chapter of The Awesome Foundation.

What are you trying to do in your work?

Global challenges are no longer the sole burden or responsibility of governments. These challenges require unprecedented collaborations across borders and sectors to create effective solutions.

We’re seeing corporations, foundations, civil society groups, and even startups playing an increasing role in diplomacy and development efforts around the world. With that context, my job is to promote the possibility that 1+1>2. We connect dots to make bold lines between unlikely partners and thereby find unexpected solutions (check out P3.CO). We initiate new partnerships as well as incubate ideas from outside. Our “startups” are designed to address major global challenges as well as bridge understanding and friendships among countries.

What does innovation mean to you? 

To put it simply: Innovation is a lethal weapon against poverty of imagination.

Why .CO? 

.CO is a quintessential public private partnership with domain roots in Colombia.  Our entire diplomacy model is promoting .COllaboration and .COoperation; and our partnerships have benefited from memorable .COol names: Africa.co, Boomcamp.co, LaIdea.co, P3.co, and now Fishackathon.co.

What’s next for you?

Global challenges, such as climate change and oceans (check out fishackathon.co), offer unique opportunities to the startup community, as they are ripe for disruption.  We’re making increased efforts to work with American startups/entrepreneurs; and connect them with their counterparts (check out africa.co and boomcamp.co) around the world. Startups have great potential to be engine of growth and they can help bridge understanding across borders. Founders and innovators are the new breed of diplomats and dealmakers who are representing the best and brightest of America.

In Startups We Trust.

 

.CO Icons & Innovators: Leslie A. Jump

By
The .CO Icons & Innovators Series showcases interviews with the big thinkers, crazy dreamers, rule breakers and risk takers who spend their days breaking through boundaries, creating new possibilities, and transforming current realities to build the future online – on .CO, of course!

The .CO Icons & Innovators Series showcases interviews with the big thinkers, crazy dreamers, rule breakers and risk takers who spend their days breaking through boundaries, creating new possibilities, and transforming current realities to build the future online – on .CO, of course!

Meet Leslie A. Jump of StartupAngels.co:

Founder of StartupAngels.co, UP Global Board Member and advisor to Flat6Labs, Leslie A. Jump is a busy woman who is passionate about helping startups and entrepreneurs. We were lucky enough to have a few minutes of Leslie’s time to interview her. We hope you enjoy learning more about this incredible woman! Read More >

.CO Icons & Innovators: John Battelle

By
The .CO Icons & Innovators Series showcases interviews with the big thinkers, crazy dreamers, rule breakers and risk takers who spend their days breaking through boundaries, creating new possibilities, and transforming current realities to build the future online – on .CO, of course!

The .CO Icons & Innovators Series showcases interviews with the big thinkers, crazy dreamers, rule breakers and risk takers who spend their days breaking through boundaries, creating new possibilities, and transforming current realities to build the future online – on .CO, of course!

Meet John Battelle of NewCo.co

John is Co-founder and Chair of NewCo, Inc., a disruptive conference model and media platform where the networked economy is showcased. Also a Board Director of Acxiom, Inc., a NYSE-listed public company, John Battelle maintains Searchblog, a regularly updated site, which covers the intersection of media, technology, and culture at http://battellemedia.com. He has invested in close to 20 startups over the past few years and has an upcoming book due out next year. John Battelle is an inspiring entrepreneur, author and journalist – we hope you enjoy learning more about him! Read More >

.CO Icons & Innovators: DJ Skee

By

The .CO Icons & Innovators Series showcases interviews with the big thinkers, crazy dreamers, rule breakers and risk takers who spend their days breaking through boundaries, creating new possibilities, and transforming current realities to build the future online – on .CO, of course!

Meet DJ Skee of Skee.co

A DJ, television host, radio personality, music composer, video producer and entrepreneur, DJ Skee is a major influencer in today’s entertainment industry. Skee.co is the online home of DJ Skee’s growing community – providing community members with a platform to connect with Skee and one another. Read More >

.CO Icons & Innovators: Randi Zuckerberg

By
The .CO Icons & Innovators Series showcases interviews with the big thinkers, crazy dreamers, rule breakers and risk takers who spend their days breaking through boundaries, creating new possibilities, and transforming current realities to build the future online – on .CO, of course!

The .CO Icons & Innovators Series showcases interviews with the big thinkers, crazy dreamers, rule breakers and risk takers who spend their days breaking through boundaries, creating new possibilities, and transforming current realities to build the future online – on .CO, of course!

Meet Randi Zuckerberg of DotComplicated.co

Mother, wife and CEO of social media firm Zuckerberg Media – Randi truly does it all! Businesswoman and former Director of Market Development and Spokeswoman for Facebook, Randi Zuckerberg is now heading a digital lifestyle website, DotComplicated.co. Read More >