Author: Tony Hardy

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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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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How to Get Your Impact Startup Off The Ground: Lessons From Combat Flip Flops

Is it possible to change the world one pair of flip-flops at a time? You bet! Donald Lee and Matthew Griff, founders of Combat Flip Flops, not only built a successful retail business but also help underserved communities all over the world by empowering them economically with employment opportunities. As social entrepreneurs, Lee and Griff created a business model that drives “multiple bottom lines” – profits, social change, and sustainable economic growth. How did the company come about, what unique challenges did they face, and what’s their secret for success? The Multi-Million-Dollar Business Idea Similar to many social enterprises...

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6 Lessons Every Social Entrepreneur Can Learn From Living Goods Award Winning Success

Listen to our exclusive interview with Living Goods founder, Chuck Slaughter. Subscribe to this show on  iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Soundcloud There’s often the impression that for-profit business models and positive social impact are at odds with each other. Before you draw any conclusions, consider these results achieved by Living Goods, a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award winning company: Reduced under-five mortality rate by 25% for less than $2 per person per year Reduced drug prices by 17% at clinics and drugstores in areas where it operates Reduced the supply of fake drugs by 50% Living Goods made all these powerful...

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How To Choose a Social Enterprise Idea That Will Fire Up Your Life

If starting a for-profit social venture seems quite daunting, you’re not alone. That’s why it is our mission to keep giving you inspiration. How to choose a social enterprise idea that will fire up your life? Read here to figure this out and get solving the world’s problems through business! There are many aspects to consider. Not only your business idea needs to be commercially viable but it also has to deliver a meaningful social impact that’s sustainable. Most successful social ventures are grounded in the founders’ visions, have a memorable brand story built on their missions, and are...

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Stop Struggling to Find Your Social Business Idea and Read This!

In a previous article I went over ways for aspiring entrepreneurs to come up with social business ideas. That article focused on ideation, or creating new ideas from scratch, or else finding opportunity to reapply and reinvent old ideas. If you haven’t read that article, I encourage you to do so, as this one is a sort of continuation. I’m going to jump into more specific examples of where and how you can come up with social business ideas. Don’t feel bound to this list! If you find your interests, passions, and ideas drifting in different directions, you owe...

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How This Fashion Company Helps People Get Clean Water and Jobs

This article was originally posted by Grant Trahant on Caustartist Meet Aloha for People. The mission of the brand is to provide clean water and jobs to people in need around the world and in the brands home state of California. With every product sold, Aloha for People provides a person in need with access to clean water for 2 years minimum. Aloha for People was founded during the summer of 2016 when the company founders, Brian and Emily, were inspired after learning about the lack of clean water and jobs available in Guatemala. The brand prides itself on creating...

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Are Tech Startups Peaking while Social Good is Rising?

For the first twenty years of my career I was a techie.  And it was an amazing two decades to be in tech, spanning the dot com bubble, the ubiquity of the personal computer, the Web, a mobile phone in every pocket, smartphones, tablets, social media, and the cloud. Six years outside of tech, it is interesting to watch how that market seems to be reaching a zenith.  My computer is almost six years old, and doing just fine.  There is nothing an iPhoneX does that my iPhone6 doesn’t already do.  I use the same apps on my 6 as I...

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