Wed, 28 October 2015
Hey Change Nation, we are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are featuring an entrepreneur who found his calling and purpose for changing the world through entrepreneurship. CEO and Co-founder of EdenWorks, Jason Green, was able to use his background knowledge of bioengineering and physical sciences to create a sustainable, healthy way for growing food in urban cities. Just like his mantra says, “Everything that we know is broken, suboptimal, and so we must start from scratch.” This is exactly the mindset Jason used to develop his vision of rooftop gardens in cities as a way to provide more healthy sustainable food options! Check into the podcast below to learn more about his story and how EdenWorks operates!
-Welding! Helps to build new farm prototypes and products.
-The challenge vs. opportunity. There is no such thing as a bad experience, everything is an opportunity to learn.
-Everything you think you know might be wrong. You have to challenge everything you hear and that seems obvious to learn more. Everything is bound for change in reality.
Wed, 21 October 2015
Hey Change Nation, we are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are featuring an entrepreneur whose social business model actually provides the gift of clear sight to those with vision impairments! Founder of Panda Sunglasses, Vincent Ko, speaks about the start of his social venture and how it is impacting the sight of the world! Panda Sunglasses creates unique, hand-crafted sunglasses that then provide medical eye exams and prescription glasses to the vision impaired through the buy-one give-one model! Vincent also introduces us to an eye-opening quote that can inspire any entrepreneur to accomplish their goal of a social venture business model. Check out more of his story and the impact of Panda Sunglasses in the podcast!
-Tony Shea, a guy who ask is there a better way and how can I do something different.
-MOT- Most Important Task. Technology and other distractions can keep you too busy, but if you limit yourself to five most important tasks to complete you will be more productive!
-The Producerati.com - an online tool that allows you to collaborate with others through working for 25 minutes than taking a 5 minute break.
-Traveling! It is the best “tool” to help you re-focus, experience new things, and learn more about your business and yourself.
-”There has to be a better way.” -Start asking yourself if there is a better way to do something and eventually you will start finding solutions and new ideas!
Get in touch with Vincent and his team: email@example.com
Wed, 14 October 2015
Hey Change Nation, we are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are featuring an entrepreneur who is not only a pioneer to many other startups and change agents, but also is one the individuals who has helped shape and inspire me to become more involved in the ‘social good’ space. Get ready to meet... Jared Angaza! This guys has devoted countless hours to serving others and finding innovative ways to adapt as changes occur in social good and social business! From a young age, Jared has loved telling stories in order to connect with others on a deeper level. He seeks to inspire others through his creative agency and blog writing, while also helping others tell the story of their entrepreneurial journey. Check into the podcast below to hear great advice from a seasoned change agent with a fire for social change that will get you even more excited about your own journey ahead!
Visit Jared’s website HERE!
-My parents have always taught me to believe in myself, the power of one, and the interconnectivity of the world. Also, love deeply to everything and everyone.
-Expect that the dreams you have and the movement that you want to make is actually going to happen. If you move with that in mind, dream big, and believe it can happen, that is how big movements are started. Believe it can be done and it will be done!
Wed, 7 October 2015
Hey Change Nation, we are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are featuring an entrepreneur who found a new use for an old product- a great way to be innovative! Co-founder Zach Holzapfel and his team realized that by implementing a social mission into their business, they could not only impact consumers of the product, but also others in the world who need resources for a better livelihood, thus, Mission Belt was formed! This company has the one belt that can give you a perfect fit every time. How you ask? No holes, no size requirements! The belts innovative design allows a new way to wear an old product without showing wear and tear! Even better yet, for every belt sold, Mission Belt donates $1 to the Kiva foundation, a peer-to-peer non-profit organizations whose mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty! Check into the podcast below to learn more about Mission Belt!
1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
-Be your authentic self. Be authentic!
2. What is one magazine you recommend we should all subscribe to?
-The Economist -great ideas for businesses to keep moving and look for new ideas and ways to do things!
3. What is your favorite thing to do for a fun escape?
-Hitting up any body of water, river, lake, or pool and just chill out.
4. What is one tool you would recommend to others that has helped your business grow
5. What is the one thing everyone can do right now to start changing the world?
-Be a producer. Pay your own way and help someone else along the way. You can’t get anywhere waiting around for something to happen, you have to go out there and make it happen!
Fri, 2 October 2015
Last week in social entre 101 we talked about crowdfunding. (if you missed it, click here to check out the audio version) If crowdfunding platforms are an amateur sport, venture capital is where the professionals go to play. That’s not to say you shouldn’t explore this option as a new startup, but it is a game that is played by a vastly different set of rules than the crowdfunding game. If you’ve never heard of venture capital before, it’s essentially where someone (or some business) has a lot of free cash to invest. They then give you that cash so you can build a product, pay salaries, market, or anything else you need to do to get your business off the ground. In exchange for this cash infusion, the investors will want to take a percentage of your company. That percentage will vary depending on the amount of money invested and how generous the investors are.