In this podcast, Jen Helms interviews entrepreneurs solving hard problems that matter. Through conversation we aim to inspire others to build businesses that do more than create incremental improvements. Instead, we demonstrate the path to building businesses solving the most pressing problems we face as a species. Whether it’s through innovative new technologies, products that move an industry forward, or process creation that flips the status quo on its head. Entrepreneurs with new approaches not only have the opportunity to push society forward in a positive way but also open up new market opportunities. Doing this, however, is hard. This podcast is a chance to be inspired and learn from those daring to build the hard businesses that create a better world. We call these entrepreneurs impact drivers.
Michael Lombardo, CEO and Founder, BookNook
In our eighth episode we hear from Michael Lombardo, CEO and Founder of BookNook. Before starting BookNook, Michael was the CEO of Reading Partners, a nonprofit he grew to be one of the largest children's literacy nonprofits in America. According to...
Orianna Bretschger, CEO and Founder, Aquacycl
In our seventh episode we hear from Orianna Bretschger, CEO and Founder of Aquacycl. Aquacycl is commercializing microbial fuel cell technology that treats wastewater and creates electricity at the same time. Wastewater treatment is normally a...
Bryan Lee, CEO and Founder, Krishi Star
In this episode we hear from Bryan Lee, CEO and Founder of Krishi Star. Krishi Star is working to end poverty for those smallholder farmers in India. They are working to do this by transforming agricultural value chains.In this episode we learn about...
Margaret O'Mara, Author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America
In this episode we hear from Margaret O'Mara, Author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America. Margaret is a historian of modern America who writes and teaches about the history of the technology industry, American politics, and the...
Zach Supalla, CEO and Co-Founder, Particle
In episode 4 we hear from Zach Supalla, CEO and Co-Founder of Particle. Particle is an IoT platform taking the physical world online. The company has a program, Particle for Good, that provides their products at a reduced price to mission driven...
Sissi Liu, CEO and Co-Founder, Metalmark Innovations
In our third episode we hear from Sissi Liu, CEO and Co-Founder of Metalmark Innovations. Metalmark Innovations is a company with a novel technology that can purify the air and kill viruses including COVID-19. In this episode we learn from Sissi about...
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Full of inspirational thoughts from knowledgeable people, discussing how to build a business that will improve our world.