“Don’t just start a coffee shop.” It’s advice I’ve heard given numerous times to people thinking of starting an impact company in another country. Partly, it is an encouragement to think creatively about what type of businesses are best suited to drive truly meaningful impact. But mostly, I think it is an encouragement to think […]
Normally I write a thank you note. This time it’s different. Normally after an entrepreneur guest author is featured on my site, I write a response talking about what stands out to me the most and what I appreciate about their business and their willingness to share part of their story with us online. Online we […]
It’s not a misnomer. A company named EzyLife is dedicated to reaching the world’s most difficult markets. The name is appropriate because each product is designed to be life-improving in practical and significant ways.
Michael Schubert was giving out keys when I first met him. He said the keys were an open invitation to come to his house in the Riau Islands of Indonesia. That invitation was about more than hospitality; it was about a heart and a vision for people. For the past 4 weeks, the team at […]
The Rockefeller Foundation defines “impact sourcing” as Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) that “intentionally employs people who have limited opportunity for sustainable employment – often in low-income areas.” CloudFactory is an excellent example of impact sourcing – a company built to process overwhelming amounts of data with scalable teams of talented “cloud workers” in developing countries.
When the camera lights dim and the reporters pack up for the next story… When the influx of funds and volunteers wanes… When the aftershocks cease and the streets are passable amidst the rubble… Plenty of work remains.