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YESpdx Spotlights Mara Zepeda, Switchboard (PIE alum)

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Hello PDXEdTech,

In case you missed Mara's talk at PDX EdTech last year, here is another opportunity. We are helping organize with YESpdx ( (Young Entrepreneurial Society) who will be taking the reigns on this one. The event is free and at eBay.

Here is what YESpdx has to say:

Startup Spotlight: Mara Zepeda, Switchboard (PIE alum)

Our first YESpdx Spotlight since our adoption by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network in March. We'll be hosting the event at eBay in their awesome "Community Lounge" which features ping-ping tables, couches, pinball machines and yep, beer on tap! (*ironically the same venue was home to the first YESpdx event, back when it was a co-working space*). Chairs are first come, first serve, but there's lots of room.

About the Speaker: Mara Z., a bad ass Reed College alum, is the co-founder of Switchboard, a calligrapher and occasional reporter for NPR.

Learn more about Switchboards EdTech focus (

About Switchboard, aka "the non-creepy Craigslist": Switchboard connects communities through only two types of posts: asks and offers. It’s a pretty simple idea: it should be easy for people to help one another. Members of trust networks ask for what they need and offer what they have to give. (from Mara's blog:) I once described Switchboard to my grandmother and she replied, “That’s the way my world has always worked, we just didn’t have computers.” This sums it up. It’s an attempt to solve a universal problem: how can I find what I need from the people I trust.