Episode 18 Interview Yves Moury Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fundación Capital

Fundación Capital is an international social enterprise, a pioneer in inclusive finance innovation helping the poor save, build, accumulate, enhance, invest their assets, insure their families and their endeavors against risk, and chart a permanent path out of poverty.

Fundación Capital is committed to working to end poverty by playing a central role in the drive to achieve full financial inclusion of the poor, and by supporting families in lifting themselves out of extreme poverty. It currently reaches three million people, and aims to reach an additional 10 million families by 2020.

Yves Moury is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fundación Capital. Most of his professional career has been focused on poverty reduction, worldwide, as a consultant, entrepreneur and social entrepreneur: He was a 2014 recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (Education and Economic Opportunity).

In this interview, Yves talks about: …. YvesMoury_FundacionCapitalwebsite

  • The financial impact of lack of access to financial services
  • How savings support financial inclusion
  • Why credit is not a magic bullet to get out of poverty
  • The importance of resilience
  • Why social entrepreneurs need networks and partners


Episode 17 Interview with Steve Blank, US serial-entrepreneur and academic, developer of the Customer Development methodology

Steve Blank is a US serial-entrepreneur and academic. He has spent over thirty years working within the high technology industry and has founded or worked within eight startup companies, four of which have gone public.

Steve developed the Customer Development methodology, which is a cornerstone of the Lean Startup Movement- and is a consulting associate professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford University. He has published three books including most recently, The Startup Owner’s Manual.

You can find out more about Steve, and access a ton of excellent entrepreneurship resources, at www.steveblank.com

In this interview. Steve talks about:

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  • The key difference between startups and established companies
  • How Steve developed the core Customer Development ideas
  • Why the founder needs to take responsibility for the Customer Development process
  • The importance of understanding the ecosystem
  • The social discovery process
  • The importance of testing idea on small scale

Episode 16 Interview Jane Chen co-founder of Embrace

Jane Chen is co-founder of Embrace, a US social enterprise which has developed a low-cost infant warmer -and aims to help the 20 million premature and low birth-weight babies born every year.

The Embrace infant warmer costs about 1% of a traditional incubator and is currently being distributed across clinics in India, with pilots being conducted in 10 countries. It is credited with having helped more than 60,000 babies worldwide.

Jane was CEO for five years building of Embrace from an idea to a life-saving innovation- she now works as Chief Business Officer for Embrace Innovations, a for-profit spin off of Embrace.

In this interview, Jane talks about:  220px-Jane_Marie_Chen

  • The benefits of design based thinking
  • Why Embrace relocated to India
  • How rapid prototyping works for Embrace
  • The value of co-creation with customers
  • Embrace’s hybrid profit/non-profit structure


Episode 15 Interview with Christian Busch Associate Director and Research Fellow at Innovation and Co-Creation Lab, London School of Economics

Christian Busch is Associate Director and Research Fellow at Innovation and Co-Creation Lab, London School of Economics (LSE) where he works with governments, enterprises, and social enterprises to develop scalable inclusive business models.  Christian’s research focusses on entrepreneurship, social innovation, social networks, and business model innovation.

In this interview, Christian talks about ChristianBuschPortrait_V3

  • Changing expectation about corporate behaviour amongst millennium generation
  • Why social entrepreneurs need to develop financially sustainable models
  • The importance of innovative finance models that allow social businesses to scale
  • Lessons from the success of RLabs South Africa

Episode 14 Interview with Kevin Starr, Director of Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation, a private foundation that invests in charities and philanthropic opportunities that have the highest possible impact. Indeed, the foundation has a single-minded focus on impact: how to build high impact organisations for social change, how to measure and invest in impact, how to take impact to scale. The Mulago Foundation’s portfolio includes notable organizations such as the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the One Acre Fund, Conservation International, and Kick Start.

In 2003. Kevin established the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program to apply Mulago’s ideas to help social entrepreneurs turn good ideas into large-scale lasting change. It supports social entrepreneurs with promising solutions to the biggest problems facing the developing world, and aims to help them scale up their impact. Kevin mentors and teaches fellows in numerous other programs for social entrepreneurs.

In this interview, Kevin talks about:

  • The importance of measuring impact
  • The growing importance of teams rather than solo entrepreneurs
  • The resilience factor
  • Why scalable ideas are the foundation of successful social enterprises
  • How to pivot in the face of new information