Ben-Horin in 2013
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Daniel Ben-Horin is an American social entrepreneur, known for founding the technology assistance nonprofit CompuMentor, now known as TechSoup, in the late 1980s. He is also a former journalist who has written for publications such as The Arizona Republic, The Nation, and Mother Jones.
Early life and education
Ben-Horin was born to Jewish parents from Latvia, who both emigrated separately to Palestine and met on a kibbutz in 1930. Ben-Horin's father was a Zionist activist and journalist. After the couple moved to Queens, New York in 1945, his mother earned an M.A. from Columbia University and became a probation officer for New York City. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
After college, Ben-Horin lived in Phoenix, Arizona for six years, where he worked at The Arizona Republic before becoming an editor of the Phoenix New Times. In 1974, Ben-Horin moved to San Francisco. He has written for publications such as The Nation, Mother Jones and Redbook.
Ben-Horin has described himself as a "child of the '60s" who "believes in the phenomenon of a social zeitgeist" and a "barely reformed Marxist". In 1977 he wrote the article "Television Without Tears", a socialist analysis of television and its role in popular culture and ideology, which was published in the journal Socialist Revolution.
From 1981-84, Ben-Horin served as the Executive Director of Media Alliance, a nonprofit association of media workers in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1985, Ben-Horin became involved in social entrepreneurship through Larry Brilliant and Stewart Page, the founders of the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link (WELL), after he encountered technologists who wanted to share their knowledge with nonprofits, but had no outlet to do so. The following year, Ben-Horin approached WELL over a printer problem and was overwhelmed by the assistance he received in resolving the issue. This led to him establishing CompuMentor in San Francisco in September 1986, with the objective of trying to "help nonprofit organizations use available technical tools to produce better work and to activate a truly skilled sector of the population--technically adept people--by getting them into the community to do what they do best--talk about technology and teaching."
In April 2009, Ben-Horin received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN), and two months later the Ashoka Foundation elected Ben-Horin as a Senior Fellow for his work. The NonProfit Times named Ben-Horin in its Top 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector four years in a row from 2004 to 2007.
Ben-Horin was the CEO of TechSoup until 2013, when he became Founder and Chief Instigator, with Rebecca Masisak replacing him as CEO. As of 2017, TechSoup Global had a staff of 212 and an annual operating budget of $34 million.
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- “Leading Large-Scale Change: Lessons from the Arab Spring”, Daniel Ben-Horin, The Compass Leadership Summit, October 25, 2011, Santa Barbara, California
- “Networks of Resources, Networks of Ideas, Connecting the Dots”, Daniel Ben-Horin, Personal Democracy Forum 2011, June 7, 2011, New York, New York
- "Conference Sektor 3.0" Daniel Ben-Horin opening remarks at conference in Warsaw, Poland May 23–24, 2011
- "Technology for Local Empowerment," Third Global Forum on Telecentres Daniel Ben-Horin opening remarks at conference in Santiago, Chile, April 5, 2011
- "Tech Philanthropy," KQED-FM Public Radio Forum Podcast interview with Daniel Ben-Horin, February 17, 2009
- "Tactical Philanthropy Podcast: Daniel-Ben Horin" Podcast interview by Sean Stannard-Stockton, Tactical Philanthropy, May 25, 2007