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 ...


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 ...


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 ...