Jacob Colker

2010 Young Laureate, Applied Technology
United States, Born 1983

jacobcolker@gmail.com

Jacob Colker – an inveterate innovator

January 20, 2015

“Get out of your own head and talk to people,” is Jacob Colker’s simple advice to aspiring innovators. Entrepreneur and 2010 Young Laureate, Colker believes the most fundamental rule for success for anyone with a good idea is to discuss it with potential customers: “Teaching innovation truly...

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Sparked Competes in Mashable’s Startups for Good Challenge

September 26, 2011

Jacob Colker recently participated in Mashable’s Startups for Good Challenge — a competition designed to reward businesses that make a positive social impact. Mashable, the popular technology news site named Sparked — Colker’s microvolunteering network — one of eight startups that are changing the world. Mashable lauded...

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LinkedIn & Teradata launched Sparked globally to employees

August 8, 2011

Jacob Colker is thrilled to announce that LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, recently took a large leap into the world of microvolunteering by launching Sparked globally to its employees. The initiative was part of InDay, the one Friday each month when LinkedIn employees...

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Sparked named a top fundraising platform by Mashable

March 21, 2011

Sparked, the microvolunteering network created by Jacob Colker and The Extraordinaries, was recently selected as one of Mashable’s “Top 12 Online Fundraising Platforms for Donors and Non-Profits”. Providing inexpensive and accessible tools for organisations to gain support, Sparked is in good company on the list, which includes...

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The Extraordinaries Gains Coverage at Conferences

August 30, 2010

Jacob Colker has been very busy getting the message out about the Extraordinaries by speaking at a number of conferences. Last June in New York City, he explained how innovation can complement a skills-based volunteering programme at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Mid-September 2010, he...

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Corporations Sign Up to be Extraordinaries

July 30, 2010

The Extraordinaries is working to form relationships with companies with the intention of building sustainability to better assist non-profit organizations. By signing up corporations as paying customers and leveraging employees with higher skills to donate time, The Extraordinaries will be able to better assist NGOs in their...

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