Archive for the Thoughts and Ideas Category

From a thought exercise to action: Reflections on teaching (and learning/doing) social entrepreneurship

From a thought exercise to action: Reflections on teaching (and learning/doing) social entrepreneurship

This isn’t an update from the field, but it’s still part of the entire experience of building Essmart out here in India. Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in an “International Faculty Seminar on Social Entrepreneurship” at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. […]

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Because invention isn’t enough

Because invention isn’t enough

After finally getting a chance to see and interact with some of the rural retail outlets we are working with in Southern India and getting a better feel for both the logistical challenges and the market potential, I couldn’t help but think of an article I read […]

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Insights from the field: value propositions, local training, and warranties

Insights from the field: value propositions, local training, and warranties

Happy Independence Day! Since today was a national holiday, we spent most of it working from our Pollachi office/warehouse. Our sixth Essmart team member has arrived, and watching our complementary skills come together to move Essmart forward has been a rewarding experience. Everyone has been occupied, since […]

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A busy Thursday: Lunch with Muhammad Yunus and Boston Beta demo night

A busy Thursday: Lunch with Muhammad Yunus and Boston Beta demo night

Thursday was a busy day for the Essmart team. As a President’s Challenge finalist, Rob and I were fortunate to attend a lunch with Professor Muhammad Yunus. Each finalist team got to briefly describe our start-up idea, and then the floor was open for questions.

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Starting With Why: Motivations for Essmart

Starting With Why: Motivations for Essmart

Improved cooking stoves not going anywhere in rural Tamil Nadu, India. Why does Essmart exist? Why are we Essmart team members working on Essmart? These important questions were posed to some of our team members today. We had a Skype interview with an MIT IDEAS Global Challenge […]

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Redefining the Problem

Today Jackie and I found out that one way to answer yesterday’s question is to, well, redefine the problem. We had the opportunity to meet with Sorin Grama, Co-Founder of Promethean Power and Greentown Labs. He was very helpful – and patient with us, too – as we […]

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