The Powerful Effects of Connecting With Your Ecosystem | Talking and Networking to Other Humans For Your Business
Blog Series: People's InnovationFounder Advice
October 16, 2017

The Powerful Effects of Connecting With Your Ecosystem (AKA Talking to Other Humans)

I have gone through more aha moments and powerful mindset shifts in the last eight weeks than the last eight months combined. And, pieces of advice that I remember hearing…
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Social Entrepreneur Startup Pitch Event
Founder AdviceLessons Learned
October 11, 2017

Confessions of a Social Entrepreneur: What I Learned from My Very First Startup Pitch Event

Yesterday, I pitched Rank & File for the first time to a panel of “mock investors.” I’ve been against startup pitch events in the past and brushed them off as…
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Online Business Networking for Social Entrepreneurs
Blog Series: People's InnovationFounder Advice
October 9, 2017

Dear Rank & File Reader — My Thoughts on Business Networking for Social Impact Entrepreneurs

Dear Rank & File Reader, Do you hate traditional business networking as much as I do? It’s funny because I absolutely hate the mingle, small talk with absolute strangers thing,…
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How to Start a Business and Turn It Into a Social Impact Movement — Lessons Learned from ‘The Lean Startup’ Part 2
Blog Series: People's InnovationFounder AdviceLessons Learned
September 18, 2017

How to Start a Business and Turn It Into a Social Impact Movement — Lessons Learned from ‘The Lean Startup’ Part 2

If you have been struggling to start a business that achieves social impact and financial sustainability, it's possible that your small business idea lacks movement-making potential. In other words, it…
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How to Use Company Values for Effective Product Development — Behind-the-Scenes with the Social Entrepreneur Team of Rank & File
Blog Series: Profound to PracticalFounder Advice
August 16, 2017

Using Company Values for Effective Product Development: Behind-the-Scenes with Rank & File

After getting really clear on your company values, and putting them into actionable value statements, it’s time to use them. (If you haven’t done that yet, click here to read…
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Global Social Impact Accelerator Program for Purpose-driven Entrepreneurs
Founder Advice
July 24, 2017

If You Could Move to Canada, Would You?

There are three BIG things that I had to figure out last year: starting a social impact company, getting married and moving to a new country. It was an exciting…
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A Rank & File Year in Review: Lessons Learned During My First 12 Months as an Purpose-driven Entrepreneur
Founder Advice
June 26, 2017

A Rank & File Year in Review: Lessons Learned During My First 12 Months As an Entrepreneur

Rank & File turned one-year-old a few days ago. It was quite a milestone for me as a first-time entrepreneur and so I wanted to do a bit of journaling…
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How to Tell Authentic Stories for your Business
Founder AdviceLessons Learned
June 20, 2017

Own Your Story — Lessons Learned From My Latest Experiment

A few of you may remember that I presented at the #StartingGood Social Enterprise Summit a few weeks ago. It was really the first time I truly opened up about…
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Daily Advice for the Purpose-driven Entrepreneur
Founder Advice
June 13, 2017

Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Purpose

Not all days are glamorous, BIG days. In fact, most days of the human life take an ordinary shape run by routine. The life of a purpose-driven entrepreneur is no…
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Why Rank & File Doesn't Put People up on Pedestals Like Other Social Impact Business Magazines
Founder AdviceLeadershipLessons Learned
June 6, 2017

Why Rank & File Doesn’t Put People Up on Pedestals Like Other Business Magazines

When I was an awkward tween, my sister and I used to be figure skaters. It was ‘super cool’… I remember thinking one of the best parts about it was…
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Advice for Social Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprises and Social Good Startups
Blog Series: Dirt Roads, Dusty ShoesFounder Advice
May 8, 2017

Starting Over At the Wrong Time In the Wrong Place: Launching a Business Outside of Your Network — A Guest Post by Hope Mills

  Starting a new business shortly after moving into an entirely new state is not advice anyone would give to a budding entrepreneur. In November 2015, I officially registered Hem…
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