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How are Bill Clinton, Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Magento, HP, PepsiCo and OneStepCheckout giving back to the community?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

KIVA - Loans that change lives

Our last two posts were about our team members. Now it’s time to blog about others. About those who like us, are aspiring to succeed through hard work and entrepreneurship but didn’t have the chance to have easy access to free higher education or modern infrastructures like here in Norway. Those same people who want to get out of poverty and be able to cover all their needs and that of their families through commerce and trading goods. To those people, we want to give a hand, encouragement and resources to get them started. That’s why we chose to provide microloans through Kiva.

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Isn’t it the perfect match for OneStepCheckout whose mission is also to leverage the Internet to allow online stores to increase their conversion rate and maximize profits?

It totally makes sense and that’s why even in its early days, our company started giving back. We created our Kiva lenders account in December 2009 and to date we have given out 230 loans.

In fact, Kiva makes sense for the whole eCommerce community and has been embraced by the Magento ecosystem. The members of the Magento Kiva Lending Team feel the same deep motivation around “to stimulating entrepreneurship and commerce in developing countries”, “enabling others’ success”, “encouraging global economy” or “giving a head start to those less fortunate than us”. Alan Kent, VP of Architecture at Magento Commerce is fully supporting this initiative and encouraging individuals in our industry to join the team.

President Bill Clinton himself sees the broader impact where economic success drives education and peace in less fortunate regions of the world: “If you look at Kiva.org, people with a very modest amount of money can make a huge positive impact all around the world. There are so many people who want to give but don’t really know how to do it. Through Kiva.org, people around the world can become micro-bankers to developing world entrepreneurs, who have their own ideas, so we can give them a chance to raise their kids with dignity, send their kids to school, and in troubled places like Afghanistan we can marginally increase the chance that peace can prevail, because people will see there is a positive alternative to conflict.”

Team Norway is the 4th biggest country team lender after Team Canada, Team Australia, Team Europe and Team Belgium! Way to go small countries! But for us, the way they express their motivation is #1!!! “We loan because: We have Cold Weather – Warm hearts! We believe that providing microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries is the socially responsive way of helping people break the circle of poverty.”

Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, PepsiCo, and HP are Kiva lenders too. Now you don’t have to be a big organization or celebrity to be part of it. Lots of individuals contribute too.

Get started today, and follow the simple steps from Alan Kent:

  1. Register your email address on kiva.org
  2. Join Team Magento – do this before making any loans.
  3. Have a look at what loans others in Team Magento have already contributed to. You might like to add to an existing loan that is not fully funded yet. (Go to the “Loans” tab on the team Magento page and look for ones marked “raising funds”.)
  4. Otherwise, look for a new request for a loan. You can search by a number of factors. Team Magento is trying to encourage commerce, so you might prefer to find someone raising money to kick-start a business.
  5. When you make a loan, make sure you associate it with Team Magento so it is associated with the team.
  6. You can pay with PayPal.
  7. Feel good knowing you helped someone.

Last but not least, all this, including our 230 loans wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our customers, resellers and partners in the Magento Ecosystem, so THANK YOU, from the bottom of our heart.

One Step Checkout is growing and appointed a new Chief Marketing Officer

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Hi Everyone
This year has been really busy at One Step Checkout. So busy we even failed to wish you a Merry Christmas 2015 and thank you for your support and contribution allowing us to make our annual donation to Kiva charity. Thanks to our clients, resellers, affiliates we have now made 227 loans.

We are appointing a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) who will bring best practices from leading global companies to take the company to the next step. This year she will be focusing on nurturing and further developing our relationships with our existing customers, distribution and industry partners but also translate our current achievement and reputation into a strong brand that will allow OneStepCheckout to acquire more customers, faster.

Who is she?
Thien-Lan Weber is an international marketer with 15 years experience with tier one companies such as Accenture, Clarins or Johnson and Johnson. She was born and raised in France and holds a Masters Degrees from HEC Paris School of Management.

Thien-Lan Weber

She joined the broader Magento ecosystem when she was recruited to build and grow the eBay brand in Australia in 2007. In 2010 she moved across to PayPal where she held several marketing positions and left in 2014 to bring her family back to Europe. After one year spent in Zürich, she finally settled down in Oslo where the grass is greener (when it’s not white) and where our company is based.

Fun facts about her? Her background is Vietnamese and her first name means “Heavenly Orchid”. She is also a proud mum of two young boys, enjoys karaoke and is a real foodie.

Please join us and welcome her to the Magento inner circle. She is looking forward to meeting many of you in person at upcoming industry events.

Don’t miss a thing and follow us the way you like it: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn..

We wish you a peaceful christmas and a prosperous new year full of ecommerce!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

This year we have donated $1500 to Wikipedia, Free Software Foundation and Electronic Frontier Foundation. I addition we continue our involvment with KIVA, prividing micro loans to unique entrepreneurs around the globe, now counting 150 loans.

Donations

WikipediaThe WikiMedia foundation is responsible for running the top-ten internet property Wikipedia, as well as many other useful sites. Wikipedia is the worlds largest encyclopedia, with editors all over the world spending their free time to make information more available for everyone on the globe. We believe Wikipedia is an extremely important project, and it is also important to keep it free of commercial interests. That is why we have donated to them this year.

fsf-logoThe Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a non-profit that advocates free software ideals and works for adoption of free software and free media formats, as well as activist campaigns against threats to user freedom. We donated to the Free Software Foundation because we want to give back, as Magento itself is free software, and also big parts of the ecosystem around Magento is free software as well.

Electronic Frontier FoundationThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF Europe) is a non-profit that spends all its time fighting for our rights on the internet! They were founded in 1990, and have since been defending us on free speech, privacy, innovation and consumer rights. EFF brings lawyers, policy analysts, activists and technologists together to defend our rights. We have donated to this organization because we consider the work they are doing extremely important, and it is essential to keep them up and running.

Micro loans – Just makes sense

kiva-logoThe sole purpose of OneStepCheckout is to reduce customer abandonment and increase conversions. Maximizing profits by simply adding technology. We also want to help entrepreneurs or “micro-preneurs” in the developing world, through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Its not simply feeling good. The ecommerce industry is basically all about trading goods. We think it makes sense to lend a hand to others in the commerce industry in the developing world. At the end of the day it’s all about getting a customer to buy a product, either if you have a global online store with thousands of users every day or a simple kiosk shakein a local marketplace. We all need to start somewhere, and who knows; maybe in some years some of our micro lenders are ready to go online as well!

At One Step Checkout we allocate some of our proceeds to microfinance projects, in cooperation with KIVA, the world’s first peer-to-peer micro-lending website.

Plese have a look at our lender page: www.kiva.org/lender/onestepcheckout

We are happy that we can make these contributions to the community, and give back. We want to wish all our customers, partners and everbody else a marry christmas and a prosperous new year!

Thanks and regards, from everybody working with OneStepCheckout!

Micro loans to Low Income Entrepreneurs

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Kiva.org

One Step Checkout corp.  is certainly not Bill Gates. But even as a small medium-sized company in the ecommerce industry we think it makes sense to lend a hand to others in the commerce industry in the developing world. At One Step Checkout we allocate some of our proceeds to microfinance projects, in cooperation with KIVA, the world’s first peer-to-peer micro-lending website.

What is KIVA?
Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.

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