Years of building tech solutions for nonprofits exposed Dan Lammot to a significant tech capacity gap on these teams. So his software company built a new way for them to manage that work.
b.world is a Microsoft-built program design, delivery and storytelling platform for nonprofit and social impact orgs. It’s the latest app from the threshhold.world, cofounded by Chief Executive Officer Lammot and Chief Experience Officer Lina Pérez, an Accenture alum. Villanova-based Lammot’s previous venture, roundCorner, was acquired by Salesforce in January 2019.
“These are the [more than] 50 million people around the world doing the critical mission delivery work of responding to disasters, training youth, protecting equity or the environment,” he told Technical.ly. “And they’re largely doing this life-saving work with either no or very little technology. The even bigger missing piece was a way to connect outside audiences directly to the social and environmental impact of their work.”
The app’s digital whiteboard allows teams to remotely brainstorm ideas with one another. The app also allows users to share data for infographics, reports and presentation decks to better illustrate and convey the work that they do via storytelling.
Amid the pandemic, threshhold.world has been working toward unique solutions to common problems. In July 2020, the company announced its COVID Voice Screener app aimed at reducing the risk of infection for healthcare professionals through touchless screening. For Lammot, its development exemplified how advanced tech can be combined with a user-centered device to solve a problem.
“The app is still in its original form, but we’ve been able to leverage components of its architecture and design to solve other customer needs,” he said. “That’s the strength of Microsoft’s [PowerApps] platform — you build once and can reuse many times, which increases velocity to market and decreases development and maintenance costs.”
Like many professionals, the pandemic has presented challenges for Lammot, who quickly adapted by doing remote work. As someone that loves working with people in person, he found an early hypothesis he made about the future of remote work to be correct: “When technology is designed with the user in mind, people harness the full potential of that tool,” he said.
As an app that can aid nonprofit professionals in communicating and executing tasks, b.world fits well with what Lammot called the new reality of remote work.
Michael Butler is a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.
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