The Internet has changed philanthropy and business investment.

According to BusinessLoans.Com, “The digital age has created many new possibilities in business financing. One of the most transformational of these is crowdfunding. Today, in just an hour or so, you can create a campaign that raises money from people worldwide, and build a customer base before creating a single product.” Crowdmapped.Com reports crowdfunding platforms more »

Going Viral … For Good

“Going viral.” It’s a term just about every American teenager knows and a status almost every company, nonprofit, or wannabe celebrity wants to achieve. And why not? Viral videos rack up millions of page views (generating new customers and contributors to certain causes), generate thousands of laughs (or groans) and sometimes even alter pop culture. more »

Food Truck Fandom

Fans love to show their devotion to celebrities, sports teams and political figures on social media. Among the top 10 most followed individuals on Twitter are: Katy Perry (nearly 76 million followers), Barack Obama (nearly 64.5 million followers), Taylor Swift (nearly 64.2 million followers) and Justin Timberlake (more than 49 million followers). Twitter fandom doesn’t more »

Broadband Essential During Times Of Greatest Need

The summer flood season is waning (hopefully), but before we know it hurricane season will be upon us. Just as Americans have become more connected to the Internet in their routine daily lives, they’ve come to rely more on email, text messages and other online communications, rather than landline telephones, during times of disaster. Government, more »

Using Technology To Fight Hunger

According to the Kentucky Farm Bureau, the state has approximately 85,000 farms, more than almost any other state in the country. However, despite its leadership in agriculture, Kentucky also has high rates of hunger. According to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, one in six Kentuckians do not know where their next meal will come more »

Working Toward A STEM Future

Historically, Kentucky’s top industries have been manufacturing, agriculture and mining, but as the state becomes more digitally-connected, and as jobs in these traditional industries are lost, the state has attempted to reform itself into a hotbed for STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, careers. For example: In a region plagued by a loss of more »

Bourbon & Broadband

Bourbon, basketball and horseracing. All three are written into the fabric of Kentucky’s history, and all three have been transformed by the social media interaction enabled by the broadband investment and deployment in the state. Just think about it: In 1913, when Donerail overcame 91-1 odds to beat Ten Point in the Kentucky Derby, New more »

More e-Commerce Companies Call Bluegrass State Home

“Weep no more, my lady, Oh weep no more today! We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home.” – Lyrics from “My Old Kentucky Home” When Americans think about e-commerce or anything related to the Internet, they might not think about the Bluegrass State. They should. Kentucky is a centrally-located state along major more »

Online, Grassroots Mobilization Helps Boost Commonwealth Tourism, Pride

The travel and tourism industry is vital to the United States economy. According to the U.S. Travel Association, tourism helps support every one in nine jobs in the U.S. and contributes $221.7 billion to U.S. payrolls every year. Tourism is important to U.S. states individually as well, including the Commonwealth. According to Kentucky Tourism, Arts and more »

Kentucky A Hub For Digital Education Innovation, Platforms And Performance

Kentucky is known for bourbon and horses, but what is less known is that the state is hotbed of digital innovation, especially when it comes to education. For example, the Louisville-based Learning House, which provides cloud-based technology to help universities create and build online education platforms, recently acquired Acatar, a digital education company that creates more »