Social Change Nation's Podcast | Make a dollar AND a difference

Hey Change Nation! It's time for Part 2 of our interview with Mason Wartman, founder of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. In this part of the interview, Mason shares his top three areas to focus on for success in business or a social venture. Mason also provides insights to questions such as, what do you focus on from the start? How can you define who you are as an entrepreneur? Lastly, we discuss the importance of remaining open to the opportunities that will arise along the way. Listen below to find out how Mason has used these areas of focus to accomplish success with Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, and make an impact on lives every day for just $1! 

Mason wraps up the interview by answering our blitz questions to provide you with great advice and resources! Check out our show notes below for those! 

 

 

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

2. What is your favorite online or offline resource/tool that all entrepreneurs should use?

  • We use Squarespace a lot for the business and to host our site. They have been great to work with and it looks really sharp.

3. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

  • Success is at the intersection of focus and persistence. Just keep it really simple, don't take on too much. You will make a ton of mistakes, so try to limit the things that you can mess-up, especially starting out. Persist through difficulties and you will be less discouraged. Pick your areas for success one at a time.

4. What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Reading comic books, like super hero, spiderman, the avengers, it’s simple stuff to escape and I love it!

5. What is a caused based book we should all read?

6. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

  • If you want to make the world a better place in the future, start with the children today.  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure.” There will be homeless individuals in the future, so change the way you treat children now, help them grow up positively with schooling and encouragement because it will change their future, and OUR future.



Contact:

Check out Mason’s website to see how you can change lives now!

 

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Listen to the Episode Below

 

Direct download: Mason_wartman_part_2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 3:47pm CDT

This week’s podcast takes a twist on traditional cause-based businesses. Social Change Nation was privileged to interview Mason Wartman, the founder of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mason originally started his business and finance career as a research analyst on Wall Street, but quickly found that after only three years his future would plateau. Thus, Mason decided to leave Wall Street and fulfill his dream of becoming an entrepreneur by changing the course of his future to something that would challenge him. Only three months after establishing Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, a customer helped Mason start what is now the main mission of Rosa’s. By offering to pay for the next homeless person's $1-a-slice pizza, Mason realized how this could catch on and other customers followed suit. Check into the podcast to see how Mason is serving close 100 free slices a day because customers have decided to step-up and make a difference with their dollar! 

 

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Listen to the Episode Below

Direct download: Rosas_Fresh_Pizza_Part_1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:32pm CDT

Hey Change Nation we are back with part 2 of our interview with Dan Friedman of Thinkful! In this half of our talk with Dan we discuss some of the key motivators to spark a change in his life and his decision to join the Thiel Fellowship as a college student under 20 years old. Though the University experience was great, Dan and friends still had an itch to do something more for the world despite their academic endeavors. Dan realized he was studying the broader world but not being a part of it and wanted to do something that had a bigger impact.

Another great insight discussed is the important aspects of what the future of higher education will look like from Dan’s perspective, and how he is using Thinkful to give students real world experience through their projects!  

 

Show Notes:

1. What is a social venture that we all should checkout?

  • Watsi- a funding marketplace for health care and patients around the world.

2. One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?

  • Focus on the problem, and then keep your focus on the problem until you are sure you understand it. Even if that means going to work in that industry, or doing something other than starting a non-profit or company at first.  

3. What is your favorite fun escape?

  • Go on a Yoga retreat.

4. What is a caused based book we should all read?

5. What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?

  • We should all take more time to think about what drives us individually, then make sure what we are doing is in line with that.

 

 

 Contact:

dan@thinkful.com 

 

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Listen to the Episode Below
Direct download: Dan_Friedman2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:51pm CDT

A Forbes 30 under 30 Entrepreneur who is transforming Higher Education through Thinkful, a social venture he founded in 2012 as part of the Thiel Fellowship. This fellowship encourages bright college students to take time off from school and start disruptive ventures.

Today Thinkful is reaching tens of thousands of students and teaching them skills in technology, programming, data science, and design all through their unique one-on-one teaching system! Thinkful targets students who are looking to start a new career, want to grow in their current career, and who are interested in starting their own companies.

 

Listen in as we talk with Dan about new and exciting developments within the field of education! 

Direct download: Dan_Part1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:49pm CDT

 

Join us for Part 2 of the interview with Michael Limatta on bridging the digital divide, Google Fiber, and creating tech opportunities! Check out the Connecting for Good website.  

Direct download: Michael_Part_2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 9:00am CDT

 

Did you know that there are many in the United States without internet connectivity? Michael has been a longtime Change Agent in Kansas City and his passion is for bridging this digital divide. Join us today as he talks about Google Fiber and connecting the un-connected in Kansas City.

Direct download: Part1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:30am CDT

We are back for part 2 of our interview with Kiran Bhatraju and Ryan Nesbitt of Arcadia Power.  In this section we are able to dive deep into the unique business model and how they are able to provide the same utility infrastructure and positively impact the environment.  They also talk about the partnerships they have made with other causes based organizations and how they incentivize customers to share their mission with others.   Kiran and Ryan wrap up the interview by answering our blitz questions and giving great advice and resources that can be found below in our show notes.

 

Show Notes

  • What is a social venture that we all should checkout?
    • Give It Forward - Crowdfunding companies to help people pay for healthcare, funerals, and other unexpected venture
  • Online or offline resource that all social entrepreneurs should use?
    • Trello - task management software
  • One piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
    • Be nice and courteous. It can really go long way.
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  • What is your favorite fun escape?
    • Visiting Maine
  • What is a caused based book we should all read?
  • What is the first thing we can all do to start changing the word?
    • Make small changes in our daily lives to make a social impact.

Contact:

ryan@arcadiapower.com

kiran@arcadiapower.com



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This podcast is broadcasted proudly from the Kansas City Startup Village

Direct download: Arcadia_Power2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This week we talk with two change agents and disruptors in the energy industry.  Kiran Bhatraju and Ryan Nesbitt are the founders of Arcadia Power.  Arcadia Power is energy provider that gives consumers the choice of clean and sustainable energy for their utilities.  Kiran and Ryan have engineering a way for consumers to make a small change to their utility bill that can have a major impact to creating sustainable energy.  Arcadia Power ensures consumers that for every kWh of energy used, and kWh is produced and put on the grid by a pollution-free renewable source.  This unique model allows energy consumers to use their Utility Bills to help reduce pollution and CO2 emissions cause by the production of electricity.  

 

Listen in as Kiran and Ryan share how they built a caused based energy provider that is able to generate profit and environmental impact.  They both give great perspectives on social business and sustainable energy coming from political, engineering and medical backgrounds.  It is clear from listening to Kiran and Ryan that clean, non-pollutive energy is on the center of everything they at Arcadia Power.   

 

What energy is at the center of your company driving your mission?



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Recommended book: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!


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Direct download: Arcadia_Power1.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

We are back talking sustainable and ethical fashion with Zoe Schumm of 4 all Humanity.  Zoe talks about the process of working with third world countries and touches on how she chooses areas to partner.  We then move into the rapid fire section where Zoe gives us some quick quotes and helpful resources that are listed in the show notes below

*BONUS* Josh gives his thoughts on the trends in demand for sustainability and accountability discussed by Zoe.

 

Show Notes

  • What is a social venture that we should all checkout?
  • What is an online or offline resource that all social entrepreneurs should use?
  • What is a quick piece of advice you would give to an aspiring change agent?
    • Change does not happen overnight, be persistent!
  • What is a good cause based book we should all read?
  • What is the first thing we can all do right now to start changing the world.
    • Be nice to each other. If really treated each other the way we like to be treated it would have a profound impact on society.

 

Last Thoughts:

Even if you are scared or unsure what you are going to do take that step and keep moving forward.  You will not regret it.



 

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Recommended book: The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun

 

Love audio??? Josh has gotten everyone a free audiobook download! Click here to get your free book! And click here to get you some LSTN Headphones - they're the cause-based headphones we use around here for all the podcasts & audiobooks we listen to!


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Direct download: Part2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

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