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Presented by Causeartist, Disruptors for GOOD explores social entrepreneurs around the world who have dedicated their lives to ethical fashion, impact investing, sustainable travel, and businesses that impact the world in a positive way. The founder of Causeartist, Grant Trahant, does one-on-one interviews with some of the most creative and impactful startups and brands around the world.
 
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In episode 72 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Dr. Angela Jackson on leading New Profit’s $15M Future of Work global fund to invest in entrepreneurs and companies developing innovative technical solutions to upskill low-income and entry-level workers at scale. Dr. Angela Jackson leads New Profit’s Future of Work Initiative, which se…
 
In episode 71 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Dinesh Tadpalli, Founder of incrEDIBLE, on creating the first company to mass-produce edible cutlery and help alleviate waste from 100 million plastic utensils used every day in America. Dinesh is an Impact based entrepreneur, hiker, engineer and angel investor. Crazy enough to sell my …
 
In episode 70 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Tom O’Keefe on using Twitter as a force of good and how sponsoring race bibs for immigrant and low-income runners have a tremendous impact on lives. Tom O’Keefe is the founder of Stride for Stride, a running organization that buys race bibs for immigrant, BIPOC and low-income runners. I…
 
In episode 69 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Shireen Jaffer CEO of Edvo and Forbes 30 under 30 recipient about building innovative educational tools to empower life long learning for billions around the world. Shireen Jaffer is a second-time founder, Forbes 30 under 30, and CEO of Edvo, a venture-backed startup in Los Angeles that…
 
In episode 68 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Christian Shearer, CEO and Co-founder of Regen Network, on reversing climate change through a software platform that incentivized carbon removal. Christian Shearer is CEO and co-founder of Regen Network, an ecological agreements platform working to acceleration the adoption of Regenerat…
 
In episode 67 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Chris Brown, founder of Venture Legal on disrupting the traditional law firm structure and creating a modern law firm that focuses on helping freelancers, startups, and small businesses. Chris made my entrepreneurial jump in 2013 when he resigned from a mid-size Kansas City law firm and…
 
In episode 66 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Brad Feld, Co-founder of Techstars and the Foundry Group, on turning his entrepreneurial and venture capital journey into global startup communities dedicated to solving complex challenges. Brad Feld is co-founder of the Foundry Group, and has been an early stage investor and entreprene…
 
In episode 65 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Garik Himebaugh, founder of Eco-Stylist on going from peace worker, to MBA student, to discovering social entrepreneurship and creating a sustainable fashion marketplace for men. Eco-Stylist is an online marketplace for eco-conscious and ethically made men’s clothing. Founded to answer …
 
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In episode 64 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Di-Ann Eisnor, CEO of byCore and Co-Founder of Neighborhood Start Fund on selling Waze to Google for $1 billion and bringing the best of Silicon Valley to underserved communities in America. We also speak about her short time at WeWork on building connected cities and lessons learned ab…
 
In episode 63 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Ruben Harris, Founder and CEO of Career Karma, on using Software Development Bootcamps to re-skill America and make high paying tech jobs accessible to all individuals and communities. Over the past couple of years, Ruben has worked with academics, organizers, politicians, and union lea…
 
In episode 62 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Joe Demin and Rachel Connor, Co-Founders of Yellow Leaf Hammocks on their social enterprise journey from selling hammocks out of a van to getting a $1 million investment on Shark Tank. This is a fantastic conversation with two founders who bootstrapped their social enterprise for years,…
 
In episode 61 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with David Simnick, CEO and Co-Founder of Soapbox Soaps on the decade long journey to donate 10 million hygiene products to those in need and the power of conscious consumers and impact brands. Dave Simnick is the CEO and co-founder of SoapBox Soaps, a company whose mission is empower custom…
 
In episode 60 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Daniel Lloyd, Founder and President of Minority Millennials, an innovative organization that works to represent Minorities & Millennials in policies that impact America's future. The vision of the organization is to help ensure that the minority millennial and future generations of Amer…
 
In episode 59 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Rebecca van Bergen, Founder and Executive Director of Nest, a nonprofit building a new handworker economy to advance global workforce inclusivity, women’s wellbeing beyond factories, and cultural preservation. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington Universi…
 
In episode 58 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Daniel Epstein, founder of Unreasonable on his long journey of building his impact portfolio of companies and supporting over 200 entrepreneurs who have raised more than $4B in financing, generated over $3B in revenue, and are impacting the lives of more than 400M individuals across 180…
 
In episode 57 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Robert Luo, founder of Mi Terro, on his biotech company that created protein fiber from milk waste that could revolutionize two of the largest industries in the world. Robert Luo first came face to face with the gargantuan issue of dairy waste during a visit to his uncle’s dairy farm in…
 
In episode 56 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Louisa Ziane, Co-founder of Toast Ale on creating beer from food waste and building sustainable collaborations with breweries around the world. With its signature beer made from surplus bread, Toast Ale is at the forefront of the fight against food waste, and the movement to make the fo…
 
In episode 1 of the Investing in Impact podcast, I speak with Peter Bruce-Clark, Partner at Social Impact Capital on funding ambitious entrepreneurs building world changing companies. Introducing the Investing in Impact podcast. Please subscribe here. Peter is Partner at Social Impact Capital. Peter was Head of Business Development at RCI, a invest…
 
Investing in Impact interviews Impact Investors, VC's, and Angel Investors from around the world to connect impact entrepreneurs with insight into funding, scalability, and company structure to inspire more impact companies around the world. Subscribe to Investing in Impact here. Or search Investing in Impact on your podcast player. We are powered …
 
In episode 55 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, founders of the Kind Campaign on how girl-against-girl bullying in the digital age emotional affects young women and girls in America. Kind Campaign is the leading nonprofit ending the trend of girl-against-girl bullying. Founded by Lauren Paul and Molly …
 
In episode 54 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Matt Hill, founder of the global organization One Tree Planted on using trees to revitalize our planet and create jobs around the world. Matt Hill is the CEO and Founder of One Tree Planted, a reforestation nonprofit that was started in 2014. The company’s mission is to make it simple f…
 
In episode 53 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Trinity Heavenz, Founder and CEO of era92 on growing up in the slums of Uganda and escaping extreme poverty and violence through the love of technology. Trinity is a social entrepreneur from Kampala, Uganda with an incredible an inspiring story. He grew up in the extreme poverty, lived …
 
In episode 52 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Lauri-Ann Ainsworth, CEO of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship on inspiring tech entrepreneurs in the Caribbean Islands. The Branson Centre is Richard Branson's Caribbean business accelerator that focuses on helping social impact entrepreneurs scale their businesses for the growth o…
 
In episode 51 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Carrie Rich, the Co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund on using capital to accelerate social impact. Carrie Rich is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund. Built by and for social entrepreneurs, The Global Good Fund was created in 2012 based on the belief that growing leade…
 
In episode 50 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Andy Rieger, the Co-founder and President of J.Rieger & Co Distillery on navigating the pandemic and turning their 50,000 sqf HQ into a full-time hand sanitizer production facility. It all started in Kansas city during 1887, only to meet an early demise in 1919 with the onset of the 18t…
 
In episode 49 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Maggie Kane, founder of A Place at the Table on how Pay What You Can Cafes can revolutionize the restaurant industry in America. A Place at the Table in Raleigh, North Carolina is one of only 61 pay-what-you-can restaurants in the U.S. – which means customers can choose to pay the sugge…
 
In episode 48 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Laura Hertz, Co-founder and CEO of Gifts for Good on using socially conscious products to disrupt the $100 million market of corporate gifting. Laura is the co-founder and CEO of Gifts for Good— an e-commerce site that curates and customizes premium gifts for companies and professionals…
 
In episode 47 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Christian Thrasher and Catherine Smith from The Clinton Foundation on the impact of COVID-19 across different sectors of our society. Catharine SmithCatharine Smith is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation. Catharine previo…
 
In episode 46 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Priya Prakash, founder of HealthSetGo on her mission bring health education to millions of citizens in India. Growing up in India, Priya Prakash’s family showed their love through food. Nightly dinners, family gatherings, and celebrations were filled with joy and of course food. Unfortu…
 
In episode 45 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Martin Johnston, Co-founder of Crafted Society on raising over $1 million to disrupt the luxury goods market with transparency and social responsibility. Martin spent the last 20+ years running global operations for companies like Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, and Toms. After taking …
 
In episode 44 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Chami Akmeemana, CEO of Blockchain Learning Group and Convergence on how blockchain is impacting lives around the world. Chami Akmeemana is the CEO of Blockchain Learning Group and Convergence. He is a Blockchain and AI Specialist. He pursued a Ph.D. in Bioceramic Engineering at Queen M…
 
In episode 43 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Treana Peake, founder of Obakki on her journey impacting over three million lives around the world. Treana's philanthropic journey started when she was only 8 years old, when an envelope of money was anonymously slipped under her family’s front door. For Treana and her mother, that enve…
 
In episode 42 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Marc Angelo Coppola, founder of Valhalla Farms on buying 60 acres of farmland to turn into a modern oasis of sustainable education and community. Marc dedicated to having an impact. Defining success in unconventional measures he has earned a living by applying the skills of entrepreneur…
 
In episode 41 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Laura Alexander and Liza Moiseeva, co-founders of Brightly on their mission to build a billion dollar conscious consumer platform. The Brightly platform focuses on brand + product recommendations, actionable + research content, and authentic community connections to empower people to ma…
 
In episode 40 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Jen Lewis, founder and executive director of Purse & Clutch about ending the cycle of poverty through slow fashion. Jen believes good fashion is as much about the maker as it is about the finished product. It’s about art, about connection & about sustainability. By working directly with…
 
In episode 39 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Katy Sherratt, CEO of Back on My Feet, on using the love of walking and running to combat chronic homelessness in America. Katy Sherratt leads Back on My Feet as Chief Executive Officer. An award-winning social innovation leader, Katy has taken Back on My Feet from early stage startup t…
 
In episode 38 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Roberto Milk, the Co-founder and CEO of NOVICA, on creating the world's largest impact marketplace. To date, NOVICA customers have helped send nearly $100 million to artisans around the world, and counting! NOVICA started with a dream to create a better world for artisans. Along the way…
 
In episode 37 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Ian Rosenberger, Founder of WORK, First Mile, and Day Owl on using plastic waste and bottles to create sustainable jobs and sustainable products. WORK places the poor into jobs in landfill communities. First Mile has redirected over 96 Million plastic bottles from landfills and the ocea…
 
In episode 36 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Chad Dime, Co-founder of Diff Charitable Eyewear on building a brand that has impacted a million around the world. Chad got his start in the eyewear industry by working with his father, where he developed a passion for bringing something new to the current eyewear market. Chad co-founde…
 
In episode 35 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Noora Sharrab, the Co-founder and CEO of Sitti on creating a social impact brand inside of a Palestinian Refugee Camp. In 2014, Noora Sharrab and Jacqueline Sofia began working with a motivated group of women in Jordan’s Jerash “Gaza” Refugee Camp to build the foundation for a social en…
 
In episode 34 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Austin Whitman, the CEO of Climate Neutral about combating climate change by putting a price on carbon emissions. Austin has spent the past 20 years of his career working on early stage environmental markets and technologies, with a dose of policy work along the way. His first venture i…
 
In episode 33 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Hayley Santell, the Founder of MADI Apparel about creating an ethical fashion brand using American manufacturing, giving back, and empowering women affected by domestic violence. I had the great opportunity to sit down and chat with Hayley at MADI HQ here in Kansas City. Hayley wanted t…
 
In episode 32 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Tamra Ryan, the CEO of the Women's Bean Project about ending the cycle of poverty for women who have been chronically unemployed due to addictions and/or incarceration. Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise that provides transitional employment, while operat…
 
In episode 31 of the Disputers for Good podcast, I speak with Alex Stephany, the founder of Beam, on solving homelessness using crowdfunding and technology. Beam is a crowdfunding platform that enables new career opportunities for homeless men and women. Beam uses technology and global citizens to help fund skills training and education to homeless…
 
In Episode 30 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Amy Smith, Chief Giving Officer at TOMS, on innovation of impact and giving and the future of TOMS philanthropy. Amy Smith joined TOMS in 2016 as Chief Giving Officer to oversee all aspects of TOMS Giving. This entails managing 70+ global giving partners, measuring giving program impact…
 
In episode 29 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Billy Shore, founder and and executive chair of Share Our Strength, on solving childhood hunger in America. Since founding Share Our Strength in 1984 with his sister Debbie, Billy has led the organization in raising more than $700 million to fight hunger and poverty and has won the supp…
 
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