6 Steps to Finance Your New Social Enterprise

April 22, 2018

You have a great business idea. All your friends say they would buy it. So now all you need is a little bit of capital to turn that idea to your first prototype. Raising money shouldn’t be that hard; it’s a great idea, right? Four years ago, I thought I had a great idea that would fund itself. Coming out of the nonprofit world, I mistakenly believed that financing a for-profit business ...

Why Pushing For Social Responsibility Is Smart Business

March 22, 2018

Shutterstock Normally when BlackRock speaks, corporate America listens. With over $6 trillion under management, BlackRock’s Founder and CEO Larry Fink is one of the most powerful men on Wall Street. But his recent annual CEO letter has sparked a fierce debate among the thousands of powerful CEOs who received it. Do businesses, as Mr. Fink asks, have a responsibility to make a positive ...

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Four Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learned From Living in a Village

January 4, 2018

Nearly a decade after a trip to West Africa sparked what turned out to be a multi-million dollar idea, I was back. While passing through the villages of Ghana and Benin, I was reminded of how much living in a small West African village had taught me about business fundamentals. The Art of Small Talk My village in Niger was tiny, home to just 2,000 people. Geographically, it should ...

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Is business the new destination for millennial activists?

October 5, 2017

The author, bottom left, with her Kuli Kuli team. The question usually comes from someone my grandmother's age, the well-intentioned but misguided "Sweetie, how’s your nonprofit doing?" My careful explanation, that my for-profit, mission-driven business is doing quite well, only causes more confusion. It is conversations such as these, and a growing corpus of ...