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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Rose Broome, Founder of HandUp is rocking the non-profit world. HandUp allows donors to hyper-focus their...

This Super Cool B-Corp Is Changing The Nonprofit World

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Rose Broome, Founder of HandUp is rocking the non-profit world. HandUp allows donors to hyper-focus their donations to individuals with specific needs. This is a game changer for the homeless. Rather than panhandling for spare change, HandUp, with the help of its partners, allows people in need to create a video which tells their story. Instead of putting their handout for money, they can give passersby a card which contains a URL to their video. Donors can then make targeted donations, knowing that 100% of the money will be applied to removing obstacles which are keeping the person in poverty. In one instance, a HandUp client had secured an apartment, but they needed money for the security deposit. HandUp collects the money and then provides it directly to the landlord, ensuring that the donors’ funds are properly deployed.
A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Kurt Kutay, Founder and CEO of Wildland Adventures, believes that "luxury adventure travel" does not have...

Want To Trip Out? This Entrepreneur Can Hook You Up

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Kurt Kutay, Founder and CEO of Wildland Adventures, believes that "luxury adventure travel" does not have to be an oxymoron. In fact, for the past 27-years, he has specialized in bringing exotic travel destinations to those of us who are healthy and active but whose competitive sporting days are long behind us. Ever fantasized about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro but aren't on speaking terms with any Tanzanian Sherpas? How about hiking in Patagonia without carrying a 60-pound backpack and eating freeze dried food? Kurt and his crew can make these, and about 35 of other once-in-a-lifetime treks, a reality.
A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. It should be no surprise that this social media guru has earned over 113,000 authentic Twitter...

Twitter Insights From A Guru With 113,000 Rabidly Active Followers

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. It should be no surprise that this social media guru has earned over 113,000 authentic Twitter followers. His bonafides are impressive: named by Forbes as a Top 50 Social Media Influencer, cited by LinkedIn as a Top 25 Social Media Market Expert and proclaimed by AdWeek to be a Top 50 Person Re-Tweeted By Marketing Leaders.
A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Always the bridesmaid? While it still emotionally sucks, at least it will no longer break the...

A Major Step In Gender Equality – Rentable Bridesmaid Dresses

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Always the bridesmaid? While it still emotionally sucks, at least it will no longer break the bank; that is, if Kelsey Doorey has it her way. Warning: Kelsey's idea will make you ask yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?" Ms. Doorey, Founder and CEO of Vow To Be Chic, believes that men have had it too easy for too long. When they are invited to join a wedding party, they simply roll into a tuxedo shop, rent a suit that (sort of) fits and off they go, fully equipped to sing bad karaoke and do shots at the wedding reception.
A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Much has been written about social entrepreneurship; ventures in which an explicit goal is the betterment...

This Philanthropist Is Winning Skirmishes With Poverty By Tapping Into An Inner City’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Much has been written about social entrepreneurship; ventures in which an explicit goal is the betterment of society. However, far less attention has been applied to entrepreneurial philanthropy, in which a startup mindset and accountability is applied to issuing non-profit grants. Intrigued by the concept, I was turned onto one of the leaders in this emerging field of philanthropy, A Better Chicago (ABC), by friend and ABC Board Member, Brent Rasmussen. ABC is applying entrepreneurial principles to the art of charity. Even the organization's lexicon reinforces its startup mindset. It performs "due diligence" before it makes "investments" and it measures results as a "return on its investment."
A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Ms. August Scott began her Zappos career in their customer support call center. Her positive attitude...

From Call Center Agent To C-Suite Executive: How This Amazing Woman Did It

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Ms. August Scott began her Zappos career in their customer support call center. Her positive attitude and willingness to take chances rapidly propelled her to the coveted and influential position of Coach. I met Augusta when I toured Zappos' headquarters as part of the Downtown Project's Catalyst Creative Speaker series (you can view my talk here). Several Zappos employees had mentioned "Coach" and the impact she has had on the corporation during our tour. When we passed her in the hall, her face lit up and she gave us a joyous greeting. Despite our brief encounter, it was clear to me that Augusta Scott has charisma and charm at a level few people possess.
A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Brandon Martinez, Co-Founder and CEO of INDMusic, is helping to the change the face of online...

How The Heck Did This Kid Create The Largest YouTube Music Network?

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Brandon Martinez, Co-Founder and CEO of INDMusic, is helping to the change the face of online music. INDMusic has over 300 partners, and has generated over 2.5 billion views on YouTube. By their own estimation, INDMusic is the largest music network on YouTube, with over 100 million monthly views and 2 million subscribers.
  A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.   Adeo Ressi is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and entrepreneur advocate. Adeo Co-Founded the...

This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won

  A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.   Adeo Ressi is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and entrepreneur advocate. Adeo Co-Founded the entrepreneur-friendly website The Funded and he is the Founder and CEO of The Founder Institute, whose goal is to create and foster local startup ecosystems across the globe.    
James Clear, is a prolific and engaging blogger whose work can be found at JamesClear.com. An entrepreneur, weightlifter and travel photographer, James offers his readers...

Successful Entrepreneurs Ignore The Lion Tamer’s Stool And Avoid The Whip

James Clear, is a prolific and engaging blogger whose work can be found at JamesClear.com. An entrepreneur, weightlifter and travel photographer, James offers his readers advice and insights that help them become better leaders, with an emphasis on improving one's health in the process. I recently caught up with James to discuss his wellness philosophy. Along the way, we explored some of his most engaging metaphors, including the Lion Tamer's Stool.
A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Popular and prolific and blogger James Clear recently shared with me why Richard Branson started Virgin...

Richard Branson Started Virgin Airlines Because Of A Girl And A Cancelled Flight

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Popular and prolific and blogger James Clear recently shared with me why Richard Branson started Virgin Airlines. Not surprisingly, a beautiful, young girl played a prominent role in encouraging Richard to "screw it, just do it." An entrepreneur, weightlifter and travel photographer, James' work can be found at JamesClear.com, where he offers entrepreneurs leadership advice and insights. A recurring theme in his writing is the importance of one's health to personal and professional success.
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