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[E4C2] Turning Home Grown Mushrooms Into A Multi-Million Dollar Business – Back to the Roots


Back to the Roots is founded in 2009 by young entrepreneurs Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora during their last semester at UC Berkeley. They product gourmet mushroom kits that grow in soil composed of 100% recycled coffee grounds. In this interview, Co-Founder Nikhil Arora shares how their green business idea became a reality, from the early days of collecting used coffee grounds from local Berkeley coffee shops, to their partnerships with Peet’s Coffee and Whole Foods, to the $5 million business it is today. He also talks about the evolution of their product design, and how their urgent

[E4C1] Evolutionary Entrepreneurs Screwing Business As Usual

entrepreneurs for a change podcast

Introducing the Entrepreneurs for a Change Podcast My name is Lorna Li, and I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Entrepreneurs for a Change podcast on iTunes, a radio show featuring entrepreneurs who are choosing to “screw business as usual.” In this very first episode I’m going to talk about: Why business can be an even greater force for good than charity The kinds of world changing entrepreneurs we are going to interview for this podcast The juicy questions I’ll be asking to uncover exactly how these entrepreneurs succeeded in growing their business I’ll share with you the

Wello WaterWheel: A Social Enterprise That’s Easing the Burden of Water Carrying Women Worldwide

wello water wheel social enterprise

Social entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs are changing the world by helping to empower other women and lessening their burden of fetching water for their family. Carrying water, often for long distances, is a burden shared by women in developing countries around the world. It involves hours of walking, waiting in line, and carrying heavy pots, jars, buckets, or jerry cans filled with water. A woman must collect enough water for her household and this involves carrying a heavy 5 gallon 42 pound bucket on her head every day, which can can injure her spine. Fulfilling this basic need,

10 Stupid Business Ideas That Made Millions

So what tricks can your pet do?

Let's face it. For every ten or even a hundred stupid business ideas ever considered as a serious business venture, at least one succeeded. Against all odds, these once-laughable business ideas defied logic, market expectations and plain old commonsense, allowing their creators to get the last laugh, all the way to the bank. Below are ten of our personal picks, not in terms of profit but for the sheer wackiness of the idea: 1. The Pet Rock Ah yes, what childhood in the 1970's would be complete without the "perfect pet": a rock. Just think of it: they don't need to be fed, watered,

10 Small Business Ideas That Are Anything But Boring

small business ideas with an exciting spark

While there are people who want to get out of the rat race and start their own business, not everyone has a great small business idea in their head. All too often, the obvious choices are ones that delve into already-crowded areas or niches, so there isn't a lot of room for an inexperienced new player to make a name for himself. The more specialized markets can become daunting due to the amount of specific knowledge or skill needed. Finally, there is the perception that a small business idea sitting somewhere in the middle can be a bit on the dull side. However, there are still areas worth

Small Home Business Ideas for Women

More and more, the female population is finding out the perks of running a home-based business.

It is no longer an unusual scenario for a woman to run a business of her own. If the surveys are any indication, women are, in fact, giving men a run for their money. Between 2002 and 2006, existing female-owned businesses expanded faster than male-owned businesses in 40 states of the US. The female population is finding out the perks of running a home-based business ever more. Hence, for women on the lookout for that perfect small business idea, the following tips provide a good headstart: Online Industry In this day and age, there is a host of jobs that one can do with the help of the

Small Business Ideas that don’t Need Much Startup Capital

Comparing Calculations

  Starting a small business can be expensive. There's the initial capital outlay, business licensing, and hardware and officeware procurement. If you're not planning on starting a franchise, then there are a number of small business ideas for less than $5,000 that you can grow from home. Accounting If you have proficient skills in accounting, you could easily start an accounting or auditing service from home with almost no need for starting capital. You even have options like becoming a freelance company bookkeeper or a tax preparer. If you aim to start your own tax preparation

10 Mompreneurs Who Started Successful Businesses from Home

balancing work and business is hard, but not impossible

There is a delicate art to balancing the competing demands of motherhood and career, and it only gets harder for those women who decide to take the risk and bank on their small business idea. There are a few, however, who find it in themselves to not only be stay-at-home moms, but also entrepreneurs. The pressure of that kind of choice is extremely difficult to understand without actually experiencing it, but sometimes, the right small business idea and a lot of hard work can combine to make a "mompreneur" successful beyond even their wildest imaginings. Here are ten moms who hit it big

10 Creative Mompreneur Small Business Ideas

You don't have to settle for being just a full-time parent if you can juggle both work and home.

Are you a stay-at-home mom? Do you sometimes wish to look for a new way to earn a living and at the same work according to your own schedule? Well then, starting your own venture is probably the best way to do it. Being an entrepreneur is not always easy; but if you have the best small business idea fixed in your mind, then there is no reason why you won't do just fine. 1. Arts and crafts To accommodate the flexibility they need, women may opt to open shop in their homes. Many artists, crafters, and jewel designers have long since discovered that working from home is indeed an option. In

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurs come up with solutions for the most complicated social and environmental problems

Social entrepreneurs are creative individuals who provide solutions for the most complicated social problems. These capable people are able to identify the problem at hand and come up with the most effective methods to spread palpable ideas so that the society, as a whole, will be able to cooperate to overcome the crisis. A social entrepreneur is ambitious, motivated, resourceful, and results-oriented. Through social entrepreneurship, businesses not only earn profit, but are able to address social and environmental issues at the same time. Social enterprises are commercial businesses that