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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...


I’ll write a longer post about this later, but last week I caught two men attempting to break in to our house in Cambodia. My wife and I are safe, but after a week of re-keying our house, hiring a part-time guard to watch the house, getting the gates and windows fixed, I am now just in a place to start talking about what happened. The invasion of your own personal space makes you feel...

Learn to Debug

“Debugging is the cornerstone of being a programmer. The first meaning of the verb to debug is to remove errors, but the meaning that really matters is to see into the execution of a program by examining it. A programmer that cannot debug effectively is blind.” — Robert L. Read – How to be a Programmer If you have any interest in being a programmer, go read this free book...


Fear is an interesting thing. It can be used to keep us safe. It can be used to manipulate people. It can be used to pass laws. It can be used to influence others. It can also hold you back. Fear of failure is something I deal with everyday. And I see others fighting their fears everyday. The fear of disappointing a loved one. The fear of being found a fraud. The fear of not meeting expectations...

Go Outside

I need to be better about getting outside and exercising. Staying healthy is an important focus of mine for 2016. Eat better and spend time doing something outside.
If you have a chance support Fuel to Play 60, an initiative to get our children and communities outside and active.

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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