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Join host Paul Shapiro as he talks with some of the leading start-up entrepreneurs and titans of industry alike using their businesses to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.

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Join host Paul Shapiro as he talks with some of the leading start-up entrepreneurs and titans of industry alike using their businesses to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.

    Priming the Market for Fungi-Based Meat: The Prime Roots Story with Kimberlie Le

    Priming the Market for Fungi-Based Meat: The Prime Roots Story with Kimberlie Le

    Think about how many plants there are: hundreds of thousands of different species. Yet when you look at plant-based meats, nearly all are made of one or more of just three of those plant species: soy, wheat, and pea. And there’s good reason for it: those plants are relatively cheap and plentiful, they taste good, and they function quite well as alt-meats under certain conditions that have been studied at length. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Upcycling Mining Waste: The Phoenix Tailings Story with Nick Myers and Thomas Villalon, Jr.

    Upcycling Mining Waste: The Phoenix Tailings Story with Nick Myers and Thomas Villalon, Jr.

    After successfully experimenting for months in their backyard with materials given to them by a refinery, Nick and Thomas went on to found their start-up, got accepted to the prestigious Techstars accelerator, won a quarter-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, and have now raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors. I think you’ll be as impressed by Nick and Thomas as I am, so sit back and enjoy hearing the story of Phoenix Tailings as told by its cofounders.

    • 32 min
    The Solo-preneur: How Colleen Patrick-Goudreau Paved Her Own Way to Help Animals

    The Solo-preneur: How Colleen Patrick-Goudreau Paved Her Own Way to Help Animals

    Normally on Business for Good, we focus on companies using innovative commerce to solve serious social problems. On this episode though, we’re focusing on a less traditional type of business: the life of a solo-preneuer. That’s to say, the life of a business person who isn’t trying to build a team and grow into a huge company, but rather someone who goes it alone and makes a business work essentially by themselves.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    And You Thought Goodwill Was Just a Used Goods Store. Lori Dearwester Shares the Charity’s Story

    And You Thought Goodwill Was Just a Used Goods Store. Lori Dearwester Shares the Charity’s Story

    Maybe you own some things from Goodwill or at least have donated unwanted items to them. But when you think of Goodwill, what comes to your mind? Maybe you think it’s just a chain of thrift stores selling used goods. Turns out, not true. Goodwill is actually a nonprofit organization focused on helping the homeless and others experiencing hard times. And it just turns out that the charity happens to fund its good work for the less fortunate via a chain of used goods stores at which you’ve probably shopp

    • 33 min
    Bringing Plant-Based Meat to India: The Good Dot Revolution

    Bringing Plant-Based Meat to India: The Good Dot Revolution

    Oftentimes when Westerners think of India, we tend to think of it as a land of vegetarians. It’s true that India has given the world some pretty awesome vegetarian food, and it’s also true that per person meat consumption is low in India relative to America. But the hard truth remains: the majority of Indians are not vegetarian and their per capita meat consumption has been skyrocketing in recent decades. 

    • 45 min
    The Business of Police Reform with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

    The Business of Police Reform with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

    There are few people with more credible voices on police reform than Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. As you’ll hear in the interview, Adams talks about how his experience of being beaten by the police while in custody as a black teenager led to him become a police officer himself for two decades, and then ultimately to a life in politics. 

    • 33 min

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