Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever

Elijah:

Well well…

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Ello.co, the ad-free social media network which blew uplast month, has nabbed $5.5 million in venture capital funding even as it plants a legal flag in the ground that the company will never make money from selling ads or user data and that no acquirer can do so either.

The company filed in Delaware as a Public Benefit Corp., which Ello says makes it legally impossible under US law for investors to require Ello to show ads, sell data, or sell the company to any buyer who would violate those conditions.

Ello chief executive Paul Budnitz said it was a response to the “giant billboard” that the Internet has become. The commitment from Ello also extends to the use of real or anonymous identities, while at the same time requiring members of this new “community” to follow common-sense rules of conduct.

Unfortunately, as our own Sarah Buhr…

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Live from America (on the President’s UN Address) + more

The First Lady at the President's UN Address

We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom

That moment when the camera pans on the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the President says: “We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom.”

It’s so poetic there are no words to truly do it justice.

Her story is the truest (not the bluest) story of the United States of America.

From the person whom she would marry (now the 44th president), to her paternal great-great grandfather Jim Robinson (who was a slave on Friendfield Plantation in South Carolina), and to her beautiful daughters growing up in the Capitol of the United States.

I’m speechless from the long overdue real life painting of my America now come true. My heart beats for the kind of moments captured here. I find it unjust in how rarely noticed such a thing is.

Sadly, Friendfield Plantation today is the kind of place a lot of people like to have wedding ceremonies at – like there is not generation upon generation upon generation upon generation upon generation of pain here on these grounds (the kind that cannot be forgotten and whitewashed).

This is my America. For all of its ugliness there are still moments like the one captured here in the President’s UN Address – of a wisdom and maturity that you cannot buy with money. I try and point them out and hold onto them for as long as I can.

For Mike Brown and the countless generations past of such horrible events that mark and stain the flag we drape our pride and honor for country with. And in the words of the President, “To bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation.”

I was so inspired by just the few moments at the end of the UN address that I had to share this. I could go on and on about the rest of the more than 35 minute speech, but sadly the odds are you’re probably not interested enough to watch the full speech – let alone read all of this.

Such is the tragedy of the Information Age. Be not incurious. Do not dull the mind with the fleeting and temporary, but fill it with the timeless and ageless. Enquire within upon all things in the name of science and progress.

President Obama addresses the UN Assembly

Don’t let go

Found on Tumblr:

1) The day my sister got back from the hospital after a suicide attempt. I didn’t let go for about an hour.
2) Kid just found out his brother was shot and killed.
3) A Russian war veteran kneels beside the tank he spent the war in, now a monument.
4) Man sobbing at animal shelter. After being jailed briefly and his dog Buzz Lightyear impounded he couldn’t afford the $400 to get his pet back.
5) A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires that burned across Victoria, Australia, in 2009.
6) Alcoholic father with his son
7) Robert Peraza pauses at his son’s name on the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center.
8) Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012
9) After two double lung transplants and years of battling cystic fibrosis, my good friend passed away last Saturday. This was one of the last pics taken with his mother.