A few months ago I was invited to participate in the beta preview for MindManager 8. As a reward for that Mindjet generously awarded two MindManager 8 Pro licenses, one to upgrade my existing license and one to give away. That got me thinking and regular readers won't be surprised to see that process was captured, like everything I do, in a MindManager Map (right).
Dream It. Map It. Share It
Just giving a license away would let one person enjoy the benefits of using MindManager but I hope you can help achieve more. The tag-line for MindManager 8 - Dream It. Map It. Share It - was actually the inspiration for this proposal. Mindjet have given authorisation to auction this "Not For Resale" license as the proceeds will go to the micro-lending non-profit website Kiva. The successful bidder will benefit from a fully functional MindManager 8 License while entrepreneurs in the developing world benefit from loans to improve their lives. I chose Kiva as this blog has an existing relationship with them and their personal lending web based model allows you to see the results of the loans.
Over the next week I'll be sharing how new features in MindManager 8 are improving my productivity. If you would like to experience MindManager 8 download the free trial now, then go and bid for a license key to authorise it!
Click here to view/bid for MindManager 8 on eBay
Item Id: 270315773775
Description (from eBay listing)
This is an authorised sale of a single MindManager 8 for Windows "Not for Resale" (NFR) license, valued at $349 (MSRP). The license was provided as a reward for being a MindManager 8 beta tester and the sale has been authorised by Mindjet. 100% of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to Kiva, a micro-loan charity.
If you are the winning bidder, I will provide you with a trial download link to MindManager 8 for Windows, as well as the corresponding license key. At this point your software will become a fully licensed version and will become subject to Mindjet's official licensing terms and agreements.
For the winning bidder:
If they wish, the winning bidder can assist with the selection of the initial Kiva entrepreneurs. Anyone will be able to see the results in the Kiva Lending Team: RobiNZ Blog. As loans are repaid the proceeds will be re-invested in Kiva.
Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.
The following statistics are updated nightly here, these are from 2008-12-11:
- Total value of all loans made through Kiva: $51,287,635
- Number of Kiva Lenders: 374,289
- Number of loans that have been funded through Kiva: 73,748
- Percentage of Kiva loans which have been made to women entrepreneurs: 77.96%
- Number of Kiva Field Partners (micro-finance institutions Kiva partners with): 93
- Number of countries Kiva Field Partners are located in: 42
- Current repayment rate (all partners): 96.89%
- Current default rate (all partners): 3.11%
- Average size of loan for funding: $445.88
- Average total amount loaned per Kiva Lender (includes re-loaned funds): $137.61
- Average number of loans per Kiva Lender: 3.70