In my mind, declaring that an unfamiliar task will yield low-hanging fruit is almost always an admission that you have little insight about what you’re setting out to do. And any estimate of how much work it’ll take to do something you’ve never tried before is likely to…
ves for …door was opened to many new ideas, ways to frame longstanding challenges and potential solutions. I learned: ideas on how to close the alignment gap between funders and social organizations; new funding mechanisms that could shift the risk-reward profile of massive social and public sector programs; new perspectives for how organizations across the sector think about taking risks, failing, and learning from those failures.
By connecting our mission directly to our company’s economic success, we would be forced to find a financially sustainable, and therefore scalable, solution to create impact. This approach treated users as discerning customers, not charity recipients, while reinforcing local economics instead of disrupting them.
…d our careers to building BioLite with the mission of bringing energy everywhere. As it turned out, technology was only the beginning. We needed a team that could run high quality, efficient manufacturing, manage international logistics, and hardest of all, build markets for these technologies in hundreds of villages across India and Africa.