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Stake is concerned with the emergence of the distinctive, fringe business models that have emerged in the face of the recession.

Stake is about the companies, people and ideas that are retaking the reins of commerce: building new business models for the people, by the people. From open source to smart cities, Stake is concerned with those unconventional companies who understand "business as usual" is unsustainable, indefensible and undesirable in all respects.

Stake is for those who believe there are better ways to build businesses, and better reasons to build them. 

Your support will go directly to journalists, photographers, videographers, developers and designers to help us turn Stake into a full-fledged digital publication. After the first issue, we'll turn to sponsors so we can continue publishing as the alternative voice of better business.

Feel free to drop us a line if you want to get involved. We've been fortunate enough to have a great space donated in downtown Portland, but we're now building out a global community. 

You can find more information, including Kickstarter image credits and sample content on our blog, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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    Our designer is building a collage of all the people who are helping to make Stake a reality. For 5 bucks we would love to include your image in the collage, which will appear online and towards the end of the premier iPad issue.

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    Your inclusion into the collage, plus a “Stake Mag” sticker, yours for the sticking.

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    Your image in the collage, the sticker, plus tickets (2) to our big premier party, to be held in the fall in Portland, OR. It'll be a good time, trust us.

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    The collage, sticker, party tickets, plus the iPad version of our first issue.

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    The collage, sticker, party tickets, first iPad, and a stylish Stake T-shirt

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    The collage, sticker, party tickets, first iPad issue, T-shirt, and a print copy of the premier issue.

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    All the goods above, and a business development session from Stake’s founder, Ilie Mitaru, who’s successfully built and worked in media and technology start-ups in the states and abroad.

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    All the goodies above, plus two group business development sessions with Ilie and board members Leslie Hawthorn and Jacen Greene. Leslie has over a decade experience in tech projects, 5 years managing Google’s open source outreach efforts, and now heads up OSU’s Open Source Lab. Jacen advises PSU’s Social Innovation Incubator, holds an MBA is sustainability, and has worked as a sustainability and finance analyst for Sustainable Harvest. Email us for full bios and more info.

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