Confidence, Success, & Overcoming Negative Thoughts | Behind the Grind, Episode 004

In this episode, Brian and I answer some questions from our followers about what gives us confidence, how we define success, and how do we keep the negative thoughts (in our head) from distracting us from our mission.   ? About the Behind The Grind Series: Through this podcast series, Brian and I will speak about the realities (as we know them) of entrepreneurship. Videos will…

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5 Key Steps to Becoming a Successful Social Entrepreneur | Rich Brubaker – Episode 005

In this episode I introduce the 5 key steps to becoming a successful entrepreneur.  Each of them come from my observations of others, as well as through a regular reflection of my own path down social entrepreneurship.   About Me: Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, I've spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to un…

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Managing the Stress of Nonprofit Leadership | Tom Stader, The Library Project

When I met Tom Stader nearly 15 years ago, both of our organizations were just getting off the ground, and over the last couple of years he and I have spent a lot of time together hashing through EVERYTHING. Including the challenges that both of us faced as we built out our organizations, the stress of that work, the impacts of that stress on us, and how we look back on that now. Topics that I…

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Is Building a Product or a Service Based Company Easier? | Behind the Grind 003

In this episode, Brian and I speak about my experience building product and service based companies.  Was a great conversation about a topic that I have been thinking a lot about as I have spent the last 18 months building a product. Something I have really enjoyed, but like with a service based business, has its own time, place, and purpose. Was another really interesting discussion! ??…

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Why I Bet on Social Entrepreneurship over Corporate Sustainability | Rich Brubaker – Episode 004

In this episode, I speak to the fact that while corporate social responsibility, and corporate sustainability, have been hot topics that have produced a lot of really interesting programs, the biggest opportunities for fixing the problems we face will be landed by social entrepreneurs. Individuals, and organizations, who have a mission for change, can build a platform that actually delivers a s…

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Let People Feel it, Believe it, and Go For It | Monish Siripurapu, Ant Studio

During my recent trip to Delhi, I had the opportunity to sit down with a fantastic young entrepreneur named Monish Siripurapu. Initially learning about his work through the UNEP video Indian architect looks to nature to cool without chemicals, we sat down for a couple of hours (in the rain) to discuss the challenges he sees, the products he is building, and how he is looking to create a decentr…

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Taking the Leap of Faith into Entrepreneurship | Behind the Grind, Episode 002

In Episode 2 of Behind the Grind, Brian Tam and I speak about his leap into entrepreneurship. It's a great conversation about vision, product development, and developing a business without actively selling.   ? About the Behind The Grind Series: Through this podcast series, Brian and I will speak about the realities (as we know them) of entrepreneurship. Videos will be availab…

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Asia is the Best Place for Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation

For the last 15 years, I have been fortunate to see Asia's cities grow, and over the next 15 years through that same growth another 2 billion people will be urbanized. It is a process that has, and will continue to, stretch every system we rely on to deliver food, energy, healthcare, education, housing, etc, but through these stretches will come a tangible need for solutions. For me, this is…

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New Series: Behind The Grind (of Entrepreneurship)

In this episode, Brian and I introduce our new series, Behind the Grind, a series focused on diving into the realities of entrepreneurship. To get things started, we both speak about how we ended up in entrepreneurship and why we think now is the time for this series. There isn't much structure, but there are some great stories, and we hope you enjoy it! About Rich Driven by the belief that…

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Now is the Best time to Be a Social Entrepreneur!

With a seemingly endless supply of reports on the impacts of climate change, the social pressures in cities, and the fragility of our food systems, NOW is the BEST TIME to be a social entrepreneur. Driven by a mission to solve the greatest human challenges, unlike 10 to 15 years ago when the term became popular, the challenges that our systems are facing as we urbanize hundreds of millions of p…

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