Episode 7: Interview with Beth Doane, founder of RainTees

Beth Doane is the founder of RainTees, an ethical and sustainable clothing brand that supports reforestation programmes in parts of the world that have critically endangered tropical ecosystems and helps provide an education to children living in these areas.

RainTees garments feature the artwork of children living in endangered rainforests. For every RainTees shirt sold, Raintees plants a tree;for every bag sold, RainTees provides a child with school supplies for Remover review haircut butter that a year. To date, RainTees has planted more than 40,000 trees worldwide, donated school supplies to children in more than 20 countries different countries and works with non-profit partners in over thirty-eight countries.

Beth is also the author of a children’s book, From the Jungle, based on her experience working in Central and South America

In this interview, Beth talks about:

  • How to keep going at the beginning when no one shares your visionBeth Doane
  • The biggest challenges getting RainTees up and running
  • The crucial importance of market research
  • The importance of listening to the market and responding to changing needs
  • Why you need to have competitive products irrespective of your mission

Episode 6: Interview with Mohan Thazhathu, president and CEO Help MeSee

Mohan Thazhathu is president and CEO of HelpMeSee Inc., a non-profit with a mandate to eliminate cataract Topmost hair be!
blindness endemic in developing countries. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss and account for more than half of all blindness worldwide.

HelpMeSee’s mission is bring this sight-restoring surgery to millions of underserved people in emerging markets through financial support and the training of thousands of highly skilled specialist cataract surgeons recruited from within their communities.

HelpMeSee has an extensive network of cataract surgeons, practicing in some of the world’s poorest communities-by the end of 2013 HelpMeSee had completed 100,000 cataract surgeries through its HelpMeSee Program.

In this interview, Mohan talks about

  • Mohan’s journey as a social entrepreneurMohan Thazhathu
  • The power of dogged determination
  • The value of mentors
  • Why Mohan runs HelpMeSee as a business
  • Mohan’s inclusive approach to collaboration

Episode 4: Interview with Dai Powell, Chief Executive HCT Group

Dai Powell has been running HCT Group since 1993. Over this time, HCT has grown more than a hundredfold – from a small community transport provider into an award-winning national social enterprise- which now provides over 17 million passenger trips on buses in the UK every year.

Dai is passionate about social entrepreneurship- he is a board member of Big Society Capital in the UK, is the Chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) and a Social Enterprise UK board member.

In this interview, Dai talks about:

  • How to balance social and business goalsDai-Powell
  • The challenges of scaling a social enterprise
  • The importance of building different layers of impact in a social enterprise
  • Why social entrepreneurs need to do the “hard yards”
  • How HCT continually grows
  • Why we need large social enterprises to provide career paths for talented people who want to work in social enterprise

Episode 3: Interview with Professor Ian MacMillan

Ian MacMillan is the Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Director, Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center at the Wharton School at Pennsylvania. He is the author of the Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook a powerful guidebook for social entrepreneurs based on thirteen years of fieldwork in social entrepreneurship.

In this interview, Ian talks about:

  • The importance of pressure testing your ideaMacMillan
  • The skills necessary to succeed as a social entrepreneur
  • How to deal with obstacles to getting your social business of the ground
  • The principles of discovery based business development
  • Why social entrepreneurs need tough love

The sound quality in this podcast is not good. I will be doing another interview with Ian in the near future. Please let us know if there are any other topics you would like us to cover in the interview. Thanks

Episode 2: Interview with Gustav Praekelt, founder of the Praekelt Foundation

Gustav Praekelt is founder of the Praekelt Foundation, a South African incubator for mobile technology that develops scalable mobile solutions for social good, whose programmes have reached over 50 million people across 15 countries in Africa.

In this interview, Gustav shares his experience and talks about:

  • The power of mobile communications technologyGustav
  • The lessons of more than 10 years grassroots social entrepreneurship in Africa
  • His latest project to bring Wikipedia to African mobile phone users
  • What keeps Gustav inspired when times are tough
  • Lessons for other social entrepreneurs that want to follow in Gustav’s footsteps