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Paul Grahm (USA

) , "... on building companies for fast growth" Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor. In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first software as a service company. Viaweb was acquired by Yahoo in 1998, where it became Yahoo Store. In 2001 he started publishing essays on paulgraham.com, which in 2011 got 17 million page views. In 2005 he ..." Also from Paul: "In a sense there's just one mistake that kills startups: not making something users want. If you make something users want, you'll probably be fine, ...

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"... whatever else you do or don't do. And if you don't make something users want, then you're dead, whatever else you do or don't do. So really this is a list of 18 things that cause startups not to make something users want. Nearly all failure funnels through that."


Lisa Irby, (USA)

  Internet entrepreneur: Owner of

2 Create a Website

: Napturally Curly Hair, and author of the book, Niche Website Success.

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Originator of several websites; author; teacher; inspirational person. "There's nothing better than getting paid to do what you enjoy, and fortunately I've found a way to turn online teaching into a full-time income thanks to affiliate marketing, Google AdSense and sales of my own products."


Courtney Laves-Mearini (USA)

The Director of theCleveland City Dance Company - Courtney received her training in Houston, Texas studying primarily under Anne and Nicolas Polajenko, Gilbert Rome, ABT's Alexander Minz, Claire Duncan and James Clouser. She trained for a year at the University of Utah under Li-Chou Chang and had the opportunity to work with Sir Anton Donin and Toni Lander, restaging "Pas de Quatre" in the role of Marie Taglioni.

She danced with several companies including Atlanta Ballet, South Carolina Ballet Theater and Cleveland Ballet. She danced lead roles in "Serenade", "Paquita", "Sleeping Beauty", "Concerto Borocco", "Raymonda Variations", and Lynn-Taylor Corbett's "Appearances". She has been teaching ballet since 1978 for various studios, including teaching at the University of Arkron's dance department. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Communications from Cleveland State University in 1997 and has excavated for three field seasons on the Maya Mountain Archaeological Project in Belize, Central America with Dr. Peter Dunham.


Marcia Levine (USA)

President, Cleveland Public Theatre. - Spent her professional social work career at Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland. Before her retirement, she served as associate executive director following assignments as director of staff education, capital campaign coordinator, staff supervisor, and therapist.
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A graduate of Northwestern University and Case's Mandel School of Applied Social Science, Marcia has been active with - See more at ... "

Some are born with a commitment to social change in their blood. Others are compelled by life-changing events. Still others find their calling through a patchwork of experiences, studies and observations; an 'aggregational' calling, as long-time partner Marcia Levine puts it.

The latter is how Levine describes her road from Steel City to highly regarded community leader. Image and statement from,

Corporate Accountability International.



Jon Postel (USA)

Jon Postel's technical influence can be seen at the very heart of many of the protocols which make the Internet work:a TCP/IP determines the way data is moved through a network; SMTP allows us to send emails; and DNS, the Domain Name Service, helps people make sense of the Internet. He contributed to these and many other technologies. He studied at UCLA, ultimately gaining his Ph.D. in computer science in 1974. Those studies led to his early involvement in the ARPANET project, the packet switching network from which the modern Internet evolved.
In addition, he was involved with Request For Comment (RFC) document series, which contains the standards and practices of the Internet's infrastructure. For almost three decades, Jon Postel was RFC Editor, shepherding drafts through the open consensus processes that characterize Internet development efforts.
For many, Jon's greatest contribution to the Internet was his role in creating the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

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Image of Jon Postel from: Internet Hall of Fame

This task - which he volunteered to take on and which he at first performed manually - provided the stability the Internet's numbering and protocol management systems needed for it to grow and scale. He was also involved with the Los Nettos network (a regional network for the greater Los Angeles area) and was one of Internet Society's founders, the first individual member; and he served as a Trustee from 1996-98. He died October 16, 1998 at the age of 55. - See more at: http://internethalloffame.org/inductees/jon-postel#sthash.iCrPcFip.dpuf

A little bit more about Jon....

[On Jon Postel: "One January day in 1998, Jon Postel emailed eight of the 12 organizations that handled the address books for the entire internet. He told them to reconfigure their computer servers so that they pulled addresses not from a government-backed operation in Herndon, Virginia, but from a machine at the computing facility he helped run at the University of Southern California. And they did."]...

"Whatever Postel's intentions, the incident shows what a key figure he was in the rise of the internet. In 1969, he was part of the team at the University of California, Los Angeles that set up the first node on the ARPAnet, the research network ... "

(From Nancy Koncilja Gurish- 'Thank you Jon! R.I.P.')

According to news reports at the time, Postel made the switch without approval from anyone. Some said it was merely a "test" meant to show that the internet's directory infrastructure could be repositioned as needed. But others said

that Postel was making a statement - that he was

trying to show the White House that it couldn't wrest control of the internet from the widespread community of researchers

who had built and maintained the network over the previous three decades. The White House was just days away from revealing a plan to reorganize