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Tony 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.

003, Luni Libes, Fledge | The Conscious Company Accelerator

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…

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003, Luni Libes, Fledge | The Conscious Company Accelerator

002, Nathan Chan, Foundr Magazine | Pains and Gains

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…

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001, Yoav Lurie, Simple Energy | An Urgency for Impact

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:…

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001, Yoav Lurie, Simple Energy | An Urgency for Impact

000, Introduction, Social Entrepreneur | Episode Zero, My Journey to Social Entrepreneurship

For several months, I have been behind closed doors, creating the first episodes of this podcast. Since I knew nothing about podcasting, I have learned everything from scratch. The results are not perfect but as Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn has been quoted as saying, [spp-tweet tweet=”If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”] This is the “getting to know you” episode of the podcast Social Entrepreneur. In this initial episode, I tell the story of how a woman in Kenya, who simply wanted to get the best price for her chickens led to the founding of this podcast. I’ll describe what…

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000, Introduction, Social Entrepreneur | Episode Zero, My Journey to Social Entrepreneurship

Pitch Me

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,…

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Pitch Me