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10 Tips For First-Time Entrepreneurs

The past year and a half has been an amazing ride filled with many lessons. If I could go back in time and give myself advice, here are 10 things I’d say...

I didn’t plan to be an entrepreneur. I’d just moved back to Los Angeles after spending two and a half years in San Francisco while attending Presidio Graduate School, an MBA program dedicated to a triple bottom line perspective (i.e., people + profit + planet), and was working for one of my dream companies as a consultant focused on social impact measurement. I’d received the offer letter the day I graduated, which I took as a sign that I was headed in the right direction. I enjoyed the work, but my thoughts kept drifting back to the business my team developed for our final project at Presidio—a Yelp for sustainability resources. I saw the problem all around me: people wasting time searching for the best information and resources related to social and environmental impact, and duplicating efforts because there was no central, open-access destination to share.

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The timing couldn’t have been more perfect—as Edward Snowden remains trapped in a Russian airport terminal while talking heads debate whether his leaking information about the NSA’s secret surveillance program (PRISM) was heroic or criminal, the riveting documentary “Terms And Conditions May Apply” (TACMA) begins releasing to mainstream audiences, asking the question: Is privacy dead?

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Emerging Resources for Social Entrepreneurs: A Handy Guide

You've got a lot of questions—and different types of challenges for social entrepreneurs can be addressed best in different venues.

The continued growth in social ventures and the challenges social entrepreneurs encounter when seeking funding have resulted in an increased number of resources available to provide assistance. A recent Huffington post article sizes the current social enterprise sector at employing over 10 million people, with revenues of $500 billion—roughly 3.5 percent of total U.S. GDP.

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Are VCs Greenwashing, Or Just Nervous?

Some think that investors are talking a way bigger green game than they’re following through with.

Heightened consumer pressure on companies to behave responsibly has led to frequent accusations of greenwashing: a practice by which an organization insincerely displays concern for the environment in an attempt to improve their reputation, and further their own agendas.

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