Daniel Ben-Horin

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Daniel Ben-Horin

Ben-Horin in 2013
Nationality American
Occupation social entrepreneur
Title Founder of TechSoup (formerly CompuMentor)

Daniel Ben-Horin is an American social entrepreneur,[1] known for founding the technology assistance nonprofit CompuMentor, now known as TechSoup, in the late 1980s.[2] He is also a former journalist who has written for publications such as The Arizona Republic, The Nation, and Mother Jones.Template:Undue inline

Early life and education

Ben-Horin was born to Jewish parents from Latvia, who both emigrated separately to Palestine and met on a kibbutz in 1930. Ben-Horin's father was a Zionist activist and journalist. After the couple moved to Queens, New York in 1945, his mother earned an M.A. from Columbia University and became a probation officer for New York City.[3] He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[3]


Journalism and socialist views

Primary sources After college, Ben-Horin lived in Phoenix, Arizona for six years,[3] where he worked at The Arizona Republic before becoming an editor of the Phoenix New Times.[4] In 1974, Ben-Horin moved to San Francisco and began working in freelance journalism.[3] He has written for publications such as The Nation,[5] Mother Jones[6] and Redbook.[7] He lectured in journalism at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[3]

Ben-Horin has described himself as a "child of the '60s" who "believes in the phenomenon of a social zeitgeist"[8] and a "barely reformed Marxist".[9] He has been cited by author Maria Bevacqua as having a "feminist-sympathetic view" in an article on rape and legislation he wrote in 1975 for The Nation.[10]Template:Relevance inline In 1977 he wrote the article "Television Without Tears", a socialist analysis of television and its role in popular culture and ideology, which was published in the journal Socialist Revolution.[11][12]

Nonprofit career

From 1981-84, Ben-Horin served as the Executive Director of Media Alliance in San Francisco, a nonprofit association of media workers in the Bay Area.[3] In 1985, Ben-Horin became involved in social entrepreneurship through Larry Brilliant and Stewart Page, the founders of the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link (WELL),[13] after he encountered technologists who wanted to share their knowledge with nonprofits, but had no outlet to do so.[14] The following year, Ben-Horin approached WELL over a printer problem and was overwhelmed by the assistance he received in resolving the issue.[13] This led to him establishing CompuMentor in San Francisco in September 1986,[15] with the objective of trying to "help nonprofit organizations use available technical tools to produce better work and to activate a truly skilled sector of the population--technically adept people--by getting them into the community to do what they do best--talk about technology and teaching."[16]

In April 2009, Ben-Horin received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN), and two months later the Ashoka Foundation elected Ben-Horin as a Senior Fellow for his work.[17] The NonProfit Times named Ben-Horin in its Top 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector four years in a row from 2004 to 2007.[18]

Ben-Horin was the CEO of TechSoup until 2013, when he became Founder and Chief Instigator,[19] with Rebecca Masisak serving as CEO.[20] As of 2017, TechSoup Global has a staff of 212 and an annual operating budget of $34 million.[21]


  1. Praszkier, Ryszard; Nowak, Andrzej (10 October 2011). Social Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. Cambridge University Press. p. 94-99. ISBN 978-1-139-50433-1. https://books.google.com/books?id=u9HaLtKIC48C&pg=PA94. 
  2. "Disconnecting from the Network". The NonProfit Times. 15 May 2011. http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/news-articles/disconnecting-from-the-network. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Ben-Horin, Daniel (25 November 2007). "A Serious Side of Fun". http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/jobs/25boss.html. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  4. The Nation - Volume 216, page 238
  5. Armstrong, David (1981). "A Trumpet to Arms: Alternative Media in America". South End Press. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=1cmwpp439GcC&pg=PA346&dq=Daniel+Ben+Horin+the+nation&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjLyMHms8_WAhUHM8AKHT28DTgQ6AEINDAC#v=onepage&q=Daniel%20Ben%20Horin%20the%20nation&f=false. 
  6. Mother Jones. Foundation for National Progress. 1979. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=pyYyAQAAIAAJ&q=Daniel+Ben+Horin+The+Song+of+the+Canary&dq=Daniel+Ben+Horin+The+Song+of+the+Canary&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjduYinqs_WAhXIKsAKHVSvBuMQ6AEIOzAE. 
  7. PC World, Volume 5 (1987), page 269
  8. "TechSoup sees upside for nonprofits in downturn". 22 March 2009. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/TechSoup-sees-upside-for-nonprofits-in-downturn-3247111.php. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  9. McInerney, Paul-Brian (1 January 2014). From Social Movement to Moral Market: How the Circuit Riders Sparked an IT Revolution and Created a Technology Market. Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-8047-8906-6. https://books.google.com/books?id=l8FCAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA144. 
  10. Bevacqua, Maria (2000). "Rape on the Public Agenda: Feminism and the Politics of Sexual Assault". UPNE. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=PX6z7RB24OMC&pg=PA121&dq=Daniel+Ben+Horin+rape&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj22pLPpM_WAhUiB8AKHWDdCdAQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q=Daniel%20Ben%20Horin%20rape&f=false. 
  11. Ben Horin, Daniel (1978). "Television Without Tears". Australian Left Review. D.B. Young Pty.. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=8zseAQAAMAAJ&q=Daniel+Ben-Horin&dq=Daniel+Ben-Horin&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjwru66mMjWAhVlC8AKHYBJCyI4FBDoAQhHMAY. 
  12. Ben-Horin, Daniel, TV Without Tears - Outline of a Socialist Approach to Popular Television (full article), Australian Left Review, 1(65), 1978, 26-39.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Hawken, Paul (May 10, 2007). Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World. Penguin Publishing. ISBN 9781101202326. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=lv7TazHZFAIC&pg=PT183&dq=Daniel+Ben-Horin&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiSitvEiMXWAhWMIsAKHbOkCU84FBDoAQg0MAM#v=onepage&q=Daniel%20Ben-Horin&f=false. 
  14. The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier by Howard Rheingold, pages 261-262 (Addison-Wesley 1993)
  15. "Management Review". American Management Association. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Krq-34tFRRcC&q=Daniel+Ben-Horin&dq=Daniel+Ben-Horin&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjwru66mMjWAhVlC8AKHYBJCyI4FBDoAQgnMAA. 
  16. Feldman, Diane. "A Match Made in Computer Heaven". Management Review, accessed via Questia. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=RWBHAAAAMAAJ&q=Daniel+Ben-Horin&dq=Daniel+Ben-Horin&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiiuN6CncjWAhUKJ8AKHRsrA444HhDoAQhLMAg. 
  17. "Daniel Ben-Horin". CrunchBase. https://www.crunchbase.com/person/daniel-ben-horin#/entity. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  18. "Top 4-50 Equity and Influence Fueled Nation's Top Executives". Non Profit Times. August 2015. http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/8-1-15_Top50PI.pdf. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  19. "Daniel Ben-Horin". Bloomberg News. https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=45766924&privcapId=848336. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  20. "Rebecca Masisak". CrunchBase. https://www.crunchbase.com/person/rebecca-masisak. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  21. "TechSoup". GuideStar.org. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3070617. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 

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