Fast Company: Life in Beta

Last week, my wonderful fiancé passed me the latest Fast Company magazine with page 52’s corner folded down. The article was titled “The Case for Generosity” and Anya Kamenetz dug into how technology can connect people for the greater good. She told a story about how she was incorrectly sent diabetes medication. As it served no purpose to her, she posted in the Craigslist free category that if someone had the prescription for the meds, she would give it to them for free. Someone came forward. She checked her Rx and ID. He got something he needed for free. She got rid of something she didn’t need by helping out someone else instead of just throwing it out. And this was all made possible by the web.

Have we told you about Zealous Good? Fast Company couldn’t be doing us a better service – I guess they could have mentioned our company, but aside from that. Kamenetz says “They were worth nothing to me but quite a bit more…to someone else. I could give them away as freely as my opinion and gain plenty in reputation and self-esteem. The only missing ingredient: how to find and connect with the person who needed what I didn’t? The Internet solved that problem.”

Zealous Good gives companies and individuals an easy, simple way to get rid of stuff that they would like to get rid. But, we help them by connecting them to non-profits who have that specific need. Excess good or service, meet non-profit demand. It’s simple.

More on this article to come, but in the meantime, check out the pilot program wish list by clicking here. Follow us on twitter @ZealousGood. Sign up your company here. Or just email me, Brittany Martin at to learn how you can become more involved.

It’s just simple. We promise.


Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Brittany on Google+ or on Twitter at @ZealousBrittany. You can find Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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