The Founder Institute (FI), whose tag line is "Globalizing Silicon Valley", just posted the below infographic outlining how they incubated 415+ companies in two and half years. It'll be interesting to see how many of these actually make a dent in the world. I also wonder whether these companies address key social and environmental challenges or are just business as usual in another, albeit sexier form – the startup. While the question remains whether they're incubating worldchanging enterprises or junk, theirs is an interesting experiment with lessons to be learned. Perhaps this model can be applied to creating resilient communities at the local level? Or to systemic social change? I appreciate FI sharing their blueprint which makes it easier for social entrepreneurs to give it a try elsewhere. [image_1_big]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Neal Gorenflo is the executive director and co-founder of Shareable, an award-winning news, action, connection hub for the sharing transformation. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the
Neal Gorenflo is the executive director and co-founder of Shareable, an award-winning news, action, connection hub for the sharing transformation. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through startups, publishing, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good. During this career shift, Neal worked with startups including peer-to-peer asset sharing platform Moogul.com, an online DVD exchange, a spinout of Cisco’s corporate asset sharing platform, and white label asset sharing platform Divvy.com. To build community in the space, he co-organized The Abundance League monthly salons in San Francisco between 2005 and 2010. Through his exploration of sharing, Neal met those who would co-found Shareable with him. Subsequently, Neal has become knowledgeable about sharing through 10 years of entrepreneurship, public communication, and as an avid practitioner. He has consulted with Institute for the Future, Stanford University, Lowe's Home Improvement, and numerous startups. His expertise has been featured by The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning, Wired, Fast Company, Christian Science Monitor, and Sunset Magazine. He is a sought after speaker with appearances at SXSW, Sustainable Brands, and SOCAP. His writing is featured in YES! Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, The Urbanist, and the anthologies The Wealth of the Commons, Open Design Now, and Enabling City. He is co-editor of the books Share or Die, Policies for Shareable Cities, and Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons. In addition to his work at Shareable, Neal is an adviser to OuiShare, Mayor Park of Seoul, South Korea and is a former Innovation Fellow for Mayor Lee of San Francisco. Neal earned a masters with distinction from Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology program and B.As in American Studies and English Literature with distinction for George Mason University. You can follow Neal on Twitter @gorenflo. Please contact Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org for speaking opportunities, consulting, or press inquiries.
Things I share: Time with friends and family, stories, laughs, books, ideas, nature, resources, passions, my network.