Bob and Charlee Moore, founders of Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, donated $5 million to Oregon State University to launch the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventive Health. "At our age, it's very important for us to see the results of our efforts," Bob says....Jonathan Abrams, founder of Friendster, has launched with three partners the Founders Den, a shared office space and private club for start-ups in San Francisco. "There will be a lot of serendipitous networking," says Abrams....Restaurateur and former Aquavit chef Marcus Samuelsson has opened Red Rooster Harlem, a New York City restaurant that serves up American comfort food and live music. "I wanted a place that would appeal to both the old and new members of the community," says Samuelsson, who named his restaurant after a popular 1940s neighborhood eatery....Steve Kiene, founder of eSellerate, has launched Nebraska Global, a Nebraska VC fund and incubator. "A lot of kids here grew up with parents who were entrepreneurial ranchers or farmers," says Kiene, whose fund has raised $20 million. "They've got the raw talent; they just need the confidence to start a business."...Jane Wurwand, founder of the skin care company Dermalogica, is teaming with the microfinance platform Kiva to launch FITE, a provider of microloans to women. "I was lucky enough to start my company," Wurwand says. "Many women around the world don't have those chances.
Mar 1, 2011