Month: April 2016

3 Success Tips from TOM’s Founder Blake Mycoskie You’ll Love

Facebook Twitter Google+ Buffer Blake Mycoskie started his first business when he dropped out of college after his sophomore year. The company, EZ Laundry, soon employed more than 40 people, and was generating close to $1 million in sales. Blake sold that company in 1999. He went on to create an outdoor billboard company, co-found a cable network, an online driver’s education service, and a marketing firm specializing in brand development and viral marketing. While in Argentina in 2006, Blake met his future wife. The charity she was involved in inspired him to create Shoes for Better Tomorrows (TOMS). TOMS has expanded from its beginnings as a...

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What is a Social Entrepreneur?

The terms social entrepreneur and social entrepreneurship were used first in the literature to social change in the 1960s and 1970s. The terms became more popular in the 1980s and 1990s, promoted by Bill Drayton, the founder of Ashoka, and others such as Charles Leadbeater. Before the term gained traction, those who fit this description were outsiders or radicals that seemed to bring positive change to deprived communities single-handedly. Characterized as extremely optimistic visionaries who had infinite willpower, they use entrepreneurial skills and innovation to address significant social and/or environmental problems. Profit did not motivate this free-thinking and inspirational...

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5 Simple Tips for Effective Networking You Will Love and Use!

Facebook Twitter Google+ Buffer Networking can be intimidating. If you’re a new business owner, the task can seem even more daunting with the added pressure to sell yourself and answer the dreaded “so, what do you do?” question. Learning how to make a notable first impression is essential to growing your business and creating lasting relationships. Effective networking is actually fairly simple, and we’ve put together a short list of tips to kick-start the process for you. 1. Don’t be Afraid to Sell Yourself As much as you don’t want to think of yourself as a salesman, having the confidence to self promote is absolutely...

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What Jason Grad Learned About Building A Company

7:30 AM to 6 PM every day.  Almost 53 hours at a day job each week. Luckily, I only needed 4 or 5 hours of sleep each night, so that I still had 80.5 hours to do what I wanted. Over half of my week was spent solving someone else’s problems, being undervalued and stifled working for someone else. My lack of time and schedule was stopping me from doing what I was called to do. For years, doing what I wanted during those other hours usually meant working on something else. I had been making music, art, furniture,...

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How Jake Orak Built a Social Good Business to Preserve Indigenous Cultures

The path you are on now is probably not the one you envisioned when you set out on your journey. Life has a way of leading you down unexpected avenues and, sometimes, far off the beaten track. And it is off one such beaten track, in the highlands of Vietnam, that Jake Orak found his calling. One minute Jake was rubbing shoulders with chemists, thermodynamic experts, and mechanical engineers in the bustling metropolis of Minnesota (USA), and the next he was discussing business terms with the Hmong people up in the northern highlands of Vietnam. It’s not quite a...

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