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About Zac

Zac Northup is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of StandWatch.org. Zac served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard between 1992 and 2000, leaving the service as a captain. In 1996, he started his own publishing and consulting firm where he interviewed high-profile individuals including members of the joint chiefs of staff, service secretaries, elected officials, and soldiers in Bosnia, Honduras, and other locations. As a consultant, he worked for Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, 3M, and dozens of small firms that ranged from start-ups to multimillion dollar firms. He has proven experience taking a concept and growing it into a thriving business.

Transparency: Can Only The Rich Be Charitable?

By |2016-12-09T21:31:47+00:00September 19th, 2016|

Most people seem to think that social entrepreneurs come to their causes only after striking it rich doing something else for a living.  I always assumed that was the case.  Back in 2010, I kicked around the idea of doing nonprofit [...]

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One Tribe

By |2017-01-13T15:14:09+00:00July 22nd, 2016|

One of the scariest moments in life happens when you stand up and realize that you’re all alone. No matter what the hipsters on Madison Avenue say to get us to buy more stuff, human beings aren’t designed to be independent [...]

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Bring Them Back

By |2016-07-06T20:04:41+00:00June 16th, 2016|

After conducting several clinics, and ten months worth of outreach, we’ve come to realize that there is a gaping shortfall in the way veterans service organizations are trying to reach people. As a result, veterans are coming home, but they aren’t [...]

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Operation Restore Promise

By |2016-07-22T16:54:04+00:00May 17th, 2016|

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We’re Almost There

By |2016-05-17T20:44:22+00:00May 9th, 2016|

[vc_row padding_top="0px" padding_bottom="0px"][vc_column fade_animation_offset="45px" width="1/1"][custom_headline type="left" level="h4" looks_like="h4" id="" class="" style=""] [/custom_headline][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top="0px" padding_bottom="0px"][vc_column fade_animation_offset="45px" width="1/2"][text_output] As of May 13, we have raised $8,600 toward our $10,000 goal.  Help us raise the final $1,400 by donating today.  StandWatch.org is providing medical [...]

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Rally Point 2

By |2016-08-17T02:53:07+00:00May 5th, 2016|

StandWatch.org is excited to announce that Rally Point 2 will be held August 27th, 2016 at Beech Fork State Park in Barboursville, West Virginia. RP2 is chip-timed race based on a pedal, paddle, run, walk adventure race format with options for a 5K, triathlon, [...]

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Your Experience for Another Explained

By |2018-07-07T03:05:17+00:00March 31st, 2016|

Communities are brought together when individuals take the first step. When you participate in a StandWatch.org event, your money goes directly to provide experiences for veterans and their families. Sometimes those experiences are free treatments at our clinics. Others might be [...]

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Think Big. Stay Local. Care For Your Neighbors.

By |2016-05-11T20:34:27+00:00March 11th, 2016|

The key to StandWatch’s ultimate success is pretty simple. We have to hold events that are so compelling and fun that they not only generate the revenue we need to care for veterans, but also provide an opportunity for communities to [...]

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Best Day Yet

By |2016-05-05T03:25:07+00:00February 7th, 2016|

Mike Wyatt of HDT Global and Zac Northup inspect the 305 expedition shelter donated by HDT. Yesterday was, perhaps, one of the most important days in StandWatch.org's short history. I would venture a guess that many people who are interested [...]

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Five Things That Are Less Painful Than Submitting IRS Form 1023

By |2016-05-05T03:25:32+00:00October 17th, 2015|

StandWatch.org is a West Virginia non-profit corporation established in September 2015. Getting officially recognized as a 501(c)3 can be a lengthy process, and we have submitted IRS Form 1023 on October 16, 2015. Similar paperwork is being filed with the state. According [...]

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Our Fundraising Goals and First Year Budget

By |2016-05-11T20:42:28+00:00October 7th, 2015|

Someone once told me that a plan isn't a plan until it's written down.  Well, I started StandWatch with a spreadsheet, and I want to share those numbers here. WARNING:  This post is so visually unappealing it makes me want to [...]

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The Wrong Media for the Right War

By |2015-02-01T17:02:56+00:00February 1st, 2015|

In November 1997, just as the 1998 election cycle was beginning in earnest, I walked through the doors of the state capital building in Austin, Texas. I was on my way to interview the governor of Texas, George W. Bush. Though [...]

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What Really Happened at the Barricades

By |2013-10-03T04:16:43+00:00October 3rd, 2013|

The images of blocked memorials are infuriating. The closure of national parks and other venues due to the partial shutdown of federal agencies has certainly created inconveniences. But make no mistake, the World War II monument debacle is nothing more than [...]

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Fact Checking and Research for Real World Issues

By |2012-09-11T17:27:33+00:00September 11th, 2012|

The Need for Numbers Rather Than Hot Air
Over the last 17 years there has been one constant when it comes to information on the Internet: Everyone has an opinion, and many of those opinions are based on rumor or …

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Not Your Father's Crisis Management

By |2012-09-11T14:25:17+00:00September 11th, 2012|

The proliferation of social media and online information channels has dramatically changed how crises and issues are managed.  Years ago, the traditional crisis acceleration model was linear with clearly defined bottlenecks where bad news stories could be stopped by a …

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Hey Mom, I Want to Design Video Games for a Living!

By |2018-08-03T14:18:49+00:00November 11th, 2011|

For all of you parents out there who feel like vomiting when your adolescent child tells you that he wants to design video games as a career, you should reconsider. The video game industry is big business.

One hit game …

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Random Thoughts on Why One Programmer Chooses a Rural Life

By |2011-11-08T18:13:32+00:00November 8th, 2011|

It is fall here. Good weather days are filled with the smell of burning rice fields (it helps the carbon content of the soil, I think). Why stay here, I think as I run my loop in the sub-division, what …

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Broadband, Birds Nests, and Conspiracies That Aren't

By |2011-11-07T18:36:26+00:00November 7th, 2011|

So, what does it take to build a broadband network in a rural state? About $310 million, multiple administrative hearings with government agencies, a multi-billion dollar acquisition, union troubles, legislative briefings, and at least one company insisting that it unfairly …

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A Flying Machine That Would Make Obi Wan Proud

By |2011-10-26T20:53:59+00:00October 26th, 2011|

This is one of those productivity killing videos that people love to pass around. But in this case, it really does show an amazing technology. A flying sphere that appears to have no wings (at least externally).
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Does Facebook Want to Conquer Rural America

By |2011-10-21T13:49:30+00:00October 21st, 2011|

Back during the dark days of the Cold War, government spymasters would spend weeks combing through super-secret spy stuff trying to get a read on the internal workings of the Soviet Union.  Major shifts in U.S. strategy were often based …

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Four Really Bad Ideas for a Tech Start-Up

By |2011-10-20T20:07:23+00:00October 20th, 2011|

Sixteen years ago, when just about everyone thought they had the greatest idea in the world for a technology business, entrepreneurs interested in starting their own companies faced huge financial barriers.  The cost of computers, servers, and broadband ran into …

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In the News: Future 2.0 Gets a Shout Out

By |2011-10-13T18:38:19+00:00October 13th, 2011|

Last month, the Beckley Register-Herald published a great piece on Future 2.0, and the importance of promoting high-tech jobs in rural areas.  It was followed a couple days later with an editorial on the same subject.  Here’s the lead in …

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Webinar: How to Build a Tech Business in a Rural Area or Small Town

By |2011-09-20T16:03:10+00:00September 20th, 2011|

Seventeen years into the Internet revolution, a spirit of opportunity and entrepreneurship is spreading across rural America and small cities. In simple terms, Americans outside traditional high-tech centers have come to the realization that it’s better to invent a job …

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Google Exposed Viacom Advertising as a Con?

By |2011-09-20T14:02:20+00:00September 20th, 2011|

For anyone interested in how entrepreneurs can leverage technology to expand their businesses, Ken Auletta’s book, Googled, is a must read.   While I am only a couple of chapters in, the first several pages have been compelling enough to …

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Update: Squareup.com Finally Got it Together

By |2011-09-16T19:36:01+00:00September 16th, 2011|

UPDATE:  Received a note from Square this morning that we were once again authorized to continue our application process.  Everything finally worked.

Okay, this isn’t really a story as much as it is a gripe, but it’s Friday and productivity …

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Video: How to Use Facebook's New Subscribe Button

By |2011-09-16T14:06:34+00:00September 16th, 2011|

Facebook has released a bunch of new updates over the last several days, and one of them is generating a lot of interest.  It’s basically a Twitter-like  button for individuals that allows others to “subscribe” to that person’s public status …

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