Month: January 2018

How Media Empire Bustle Is Empowering Women

The world rotates on its axis by the power of stories. Words, and the connection they foster, can annihilate loneliness, cure trauma, and even diffuse oppression. When Martin Luther King penned his dream, he did so through the language of intimacy and compassion—two of the most powerful drivers for change. When Lincoln pleaded for equality, he used a narrative of acceptance. Mandela, Gandhi, and Churchill were masters of storytelling, too, and their words changed the very pulse of their nations. Today, everyone in the western world who wants a voice can have one—and it’s only a modem away. In...

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After Growing Seven Companies Here’s a Harsh Reality Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Success

Talk to enough entrepreneurs over enough years, and some patterns get repeated over and over and over again.  One of the most prominent is the expectation of success. Not just the expectation of overall success, but the expectation that the current plan is going to work as planned. It’s not. I grown seven startups of my own, helped 73 others through Fledge accelerator, have been following startup stories for over 25 years, and have built my whole career around understanding how to build companies. What I’ve yet to see is any company that succeeded with their Plan A. Your Plan...

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Interview with Kelly Campbell: How She Sold Her Second Company and Created a New Meaningful Business She Loves

Exclusive interview the founder of Digital Web Consulting. Subscribe to this show on  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud In this interview we talk with the founder of Digital Web Consulting about her experience building an agency and how she transformed her life path. Before establishing Digital Web Consulting, Campbell founded a web development and digital marketing agency in 2003 (sold in 2016)—which was the recipient of several national and international awards for creative excellence and web technology innovation.  She also founded a holistic health and wellness company in 2007 (sold in 2011), to educate consumers and help practitioners gain online visibility,...

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Interview with Kenny Ewan: How Wefarm Built The World’s Largest Farmer-to-Farmer Network

Exclusive interview the founder and CEO of Wefarm. Subscribe to this show on  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud In this interview talk with Kenny Ewan who is the CEO and founder of Wefarm to discuss how they built their huge farmer-to-farmer SMS network and raised substantial funding. There are 500 million smallholder farmers in the world, most of whom live on less than $1 a day. Small-scale farmers are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and they face many challenges including lack of access to traditional markets, agricultural inputs and finance. Every day small-scale farmers develop a diverse range...

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How to Start Your Business After a Career Setback: You Can Do It!

If you’ve recently experienced a career setback, such as a job loss or missing out on a promotion, you might be agonizing over what to do next. One option you might consider is starting your own business. It can be the best thing you’ll ever do to have a meaningful life. Here is how to start your business after a career setback! If you’ve never pictured yourself as a successful entrepreneur, imagine what your life might be like if you were running your own business. Although it is a lot of work to start a new business, it can...

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Interview with Kathleen Janus: Secrets to Scaling Your Social Venture to Over $2 Million

Exclusive interview with award winning social entrepreneur and author, Kathleen K. Janus. Subscribe to this show on  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud In this exciting interview we talk about scaling your social venture over $2 million with Kathleen Kelly Janus who is an award-winning social entrepreneur, lawyer, and lecturer at Stanford University, where she teaches social entrepreneurship. She is also a cofounder of Spark, and is Chair of the Board of Directors of Accountability Counsel, a startup human rights organization. In 2004, she and six friends cofounded Spark, a nonprofit that engages Millennials in new forms of philanthropy to support gender...

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Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec’s One Key Rule For Success

Have you ever looked or read about millionaires and thought about how they live and how they do their jobs? Is there anything different that they do from “normal” people? Is there something that we can learn from them? Let me share with you one specific thing that everyone else does, but not the successful people. And if you want to become one, you must stop doing it. Once you read this article, you will understand the difference in the mind set. You have to get rid of it as soon as possible; seriously, it can only cause harm...

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How Can You Leverage Your Data Now for Better Growth and Impact?

Even as a small business, you certainly have aspirations to expand and it might be a good idea to leverage your existing (and growing) data as well. You probably already have a sizeable dataset and the key question is to what extent are you taking advantage of it or not at all – yet. As a Change Creator, you most likely want to be cautious about your time and resources – what activities you invest in, spend your time on and what offers the best ROI (return on investment). We are going to have a look at a few...

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3 Social Enterprise Startup Examples to Get You Inspired for Change

While the traditional model used by non-profit organizations for providing aid and donating items to populations in need helps alleviate short-term social issues caused by poverty, it often fails to address the root cause of the problems. Since there’s no economic incentive baked into the process, aid and donations don’t provide the opportunity for communities to generate income, reinvest back into the local economy, and create a virtuous cycle of self-sustainability. A new generation of social entrepreneurs is innovating how we empower underserved populations. Their for-profit social enterprises deliver a “multiple bottom line” solution that creates both profit and...

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