I design and build technology for social good

Technology, Culture, and Innovation

It’s the intersection of technology and culture that gets me excited about the future. I’m passionate about finding ways that technology can help change people’s lives. It’s this passion for people and technology that led me to a program manager role at DAI, on their USAID project: Development Innovations.

I now focus on technology research and design for agencies based in South East Asia. I am also serving as the Innovation and Technology Advisor for Alongsiders International, working to design and implement technology within a grassroots movement across 16 countries. I’m excited about the future of technology in developing countries and how we can use it to make people’s lives better.

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Redeeming Technology

I’ve spent a long time advocating for the use of technology in developing countries. I’ve always believed that when used appropriately technology can be a game changer for solving complex issues. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of projects, those with the best intentions, fail horribly due to a lack of understanding about how people use technology. And upon reflecting on my own...

Leaving Development Innovations

Today is my last day as the Innovation Program Manager at Development Innovations. After two years of working on USAID’s Development Innovations project, I’m happy to announce that I’m headed back to the company I founded seven years ago. It’s been an amazing two years, and I’ve grown a lot as a person, a manager, a husband, and a father. After taking a few months with my wife to figure out...

IPad For Work?

I waited in line for the original iPad. I thought the iPad would change how I worked. At the time I was just starting my design career at an agency in Seattle. I had imagined all the amazing ways an iPad could help me become a better designer. From quickly being able to markup a screenshot, to drag and drop wireframes, I was convinced that this was the device that would change everything for me. ...

Revenue Projections

I never really ran the hard numbers. Once I get an idea in my head, often my first step is to start building it. Code first, think of the business model later.  I’ve learned that starting to test the idea with people first is the key to any good project. But testing with users doesn’t give us revenue projections, it doesn’t give us churn rates, or burndown rates.  It...

Jesse Orndorff

The founder of Glean, an agency for change. Formerly Innovation Program Manager at DAI. He's now focused on building technology and startups that work on challenging issues and doing social good.

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