Sep 30

Using Silicon Valley Power to Bring Clean Water to Africa

Category: Science

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Scott Harrison understands the perception of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs as being self-centered and unconcerned with the plight of others. It’s something that he’s hoping to change by taking tech hotshots directly to where help is needed the most. According to the New York Times, Harrison’s charity: water has installed wells and hand pumps in 20 Third World countries, giving more than one million people access to clean water.

The work of charity: water doesn’t just revolve around rich CEOs cutting a check to a charity. Their donors actually go to the countries to see that their donations are being turned into clean water for underprivileged people. The trip chronicled in the New York Times included the founders of Spotify and WordPress along with celebrities such as Tony Hawk.

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Samuel Phineas Upham About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or Twitter.

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