Re: More questions for Board candidates

On Thu, 2015-05-21 at 17:25 -0400, Karen Sandler wrote:
I have a few questions for the candidates too. I agree with what has 
been said by Jeff and Josh that it's important that people on the board 
have a diverse skillset, so I wouldn't expect all board members to 
answer yes on these, but I think it's good to know if at least a few 
people on the board have some background in these areas...

Have you ever done any fundraising?

Yes. For the last year and a half, I was involved with a group trying to
open a grocery cooperative in my neighborhood. We sold over a thousand
shares to neighbors and raised a million dollars, making it the fastest
growing co-op startup in the country. That work is still ongoing, though
I've taken a more passive role lately. I'm very proud of the work we

I also drum up sponsorship for the Open Help Conference every year. It's
not a lot of money, comparatively, but it's a lot of work to make it
happen and not drain my pocketbook.

Are you comfortable asking sponsors for money?

I'm more comfortable with it now than I was five years ago. Honestly,
it's not my favorite thing to do. I'd rather do conference logistics and
let somebody else track down money. But I can do it, and I do do it.

Have you ever been in a manager role?

I've been in a project lead role, where I've been responsible for
telling people what to do. But I've never been in a role where I'm
responsible for performance evaluations.

Do you have any experience talking to reporters?

A bit. I was interviewed a few times for the co-op, and participated in
some press conferences.

Have you ever talked to a group of people about why software freedom is 

I haven't done it in a formal setting, such as a presentation. But I've
frequently talked to groups of friends or colleagues about why I care
about free software, and why they should as well.


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