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TEDxLakeshoreEast - Brad Flora - Luck as a Function of Generosity

Brad Flora founded the community driven page, WindyCitizen.com, where Chicagoans can share local news, information, and events. While finding advertisers for Windy Citizen, he began selling real-time ads, letting businesses push their updates directly onto the page. The Knight Foundation took notice, and he was named a winner of the 2010 Knight News Challenge, which gave him the seed capital to spin-off this ad model as its own business, NowSpots. At TEDxLakeshoreEast, Brad talked about how luck is a function of generosity. A handful of seemingly lucky moments changed his path from founder of a struggling local news web site to founder of a "hot" technology startup. But these were not, in fact lucky moments. They were organic results of processes that began with unwitting acts of generosity.About TEDxIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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