NPTech Makers: The Pain and Poetry in Building a Platform

In three short years, has grown from 1 to 250k young poets creating poetry on the platform with an annual budget is less than $500k. By using the powers of Drupal, duct tape, and data they have been able to grow impact and compete with the biggest players in the poetry space. This incredible story of rapid growth, Asian spam attacks, scaling infrastructure and amazing impact for poets contains 5 lessons that any nonprofit can learn from.


George Weiner

George is the Founder and CEO of, and an adjunct professor at NYIT. Prior to, George was the CTO of Under his leadership, the organization became an innovator in social media, mobile technologies and social cause. During his 7 years at, he oversaw the complete overhaul of the site twice (winning a Webby Award and nominations), helping to build a community of over 1.5 million young people taking action. Internally, George built a 10 person engineering team including mobile, social, and Drupal developers in NYC. Other stuff: America’s Charities Board Member, Writer Huffingtonpost Impact/Technology, Founder CTOs For Good, Coach NYRR running class & City Sports for Kids

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