At 37 years-old, Michael “Luni” Libes had just completed his fifth successful tech startup. Looking for a way to support his fellow entrepreneurs, Luni became a mentor-in-residence for Pinchot University’s MBA of Sustainable Business program. After watching graduates struggle to launch their mission-driven businesses, Luni founded Fledge, the Conscious Company accelerator. Each year Fledge runs a program with seven mission-driven, for-profit companies. With six cohorts completed, Fledge has 39 graduates from ten countries, one-third of whom are in Africa. Each company is making an impact on some of the most pressing challenges of our times. In this episode, Luni shares: The story of how he started Fledge The difference between…Read More
About the AuthorTony Loyd is a TEDx speaker, podcast host and the author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development. Tony is the host of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.
What success would you predict for this person? He was a sickly child with food allergies, asthma and eczema. His parents, whom he described as coddling, would put a blanket on him if he sat in the yard. His eczema was so bad, he scratched sores on his face. When he went to school, he was a middling student. He was not able to achieve high enough assessment scores to get into his preferred university. He eventually received his college degree despite having failed several subjects. After university he took a job in what he describes as “a really crappy company.” And then something happened. What? Find out more in…Read More
002, Nathan Chan, Foundr Magazine | Pains and Gains
For Yoav Lurie, an early experience with life and death created a sense of urgency to make an impact. Today, Yoav is the founder and CEO of Simple Energy. Simple Energy is a software as a service that is taking on climate change by changing how millions of people save energy. Their customers save enough energy on a daily basis to power a small city. In this episode, Yoav describes his startup path from an early sense of justice, through the Techstars accelerator, and several pivots of their business. Benefit Corporation Podcast Mentioned in this podcast: Simple Energy: http://simpleenergy.com/ Simple Energy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SimpleEnergy Yoav Lurie on Twitter:…Read More
001, Yoav Lurie, Simple Energy | An Urgency for Impact
I am often approached by early-stage entrepreneurs who want something from me, whether they are looking for quick advice, mentoring or an investment. I noticed that I was writing similar emails again and again. Eventually I copied and pasted the emails into a Google doc. When someone would contact me, I would send them a link to the Google doc. This helped clear up a lot of misperceptions. I also noticed that the quality of the pitches I was hearing was going up. So, I decided to turn this advice into a blog post (you’re reading it). Social Entrepreneurship Ideas If your business has a strong social or environmental impact,…Read More
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