The app evolution: leaner, faster, cheaper

Gone are the days of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and nine months to get an app out. Just as WordPress et al. introduced the ability to build cost-effective websites, now third-party mobile platform providers are doing the same for mobile apps. Apps that are fast and cheap to build. And good.

Meet the five Google.org-backed startups that are part tech startups, part non-profits

When New York City teacher Charles Best started DonorsChoose — a nonprofit that lets teachers crowdfund projects and supplies for their classrooms — in 2000, philanthropy was still done the old-fashioned way: Wealthy folks went to charity galas, local organizations held food drives in parking lots, and technology like websites, smartphones, and online payments had no presence.