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Social entrepreneurship has taken off like wildfire among today's young leaders seeking to make a difference in the world. Here, we talk to entrepreneurs tackling social, cultural, and environmental goals by harnessing entrepreneurial principles and out-of-the-box thinking to create positive change.

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Video: DonorsChoose.org: A Vision for Supporting Teachers and StudentsPlay Video

DonorsChoose.org: A Vision for Supporting Teachers and Students (Video)

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In this installment of Young Visionaries, social entrepreneur Charles Best describes his vision for helping individuals fund unique opportunities for learning within the nation's public schools.
November 1, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Video: Building a Market and a Vision for a New Kind of TeaPlay Video

Building a Market and a Vision for a New Kind of Tea (Video)

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In this installment of Young ­Visionaries, social entrepreneur Dan MacCombie describes his vision for producing a different kind of tea and supporting indigenous farmers in South America.
November 1, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Video: Charity Water and Its Vision for Clean WaterPlay Video

Charity Water and Its Vision for Clean Water (Video)

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In this installment of Young Visionaries, social entrepreneur Scott Harrison describes his vision for helping bring clean water to those in need.
November 1, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

Thrillist's Ben Lerer on his Success as a Young Trep

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Despite his famous father, the Thrillist co-founder has managed to find massive success in business on his own. Here, we ask him about his victories -- and challenges.
August 21, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Video: Ginger + Liz and Their Vision for Healthy NailsPlay Video

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When Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett set out to rid nail polish of toxins, they found a flawed beauty industry in need of a makeover. See how they're making their mark.
August 10, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Video: Paperless Post and Its Vision for Artful InvitesPlay Video

Paperless Post and Its Vision for Artful Invites (Video)

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Upending the paper invite isn't the only goal for this company. Changing the way people communicate is the larger challenge for young visionaries Alexa and James Hirschfeld.
August 8, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Video: People's Pops and Its Vision for the Way We EatPlay Video

People's Pops and Its Vision for the Way We Eat (Video)

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The U.S. may be awash with sweet treats, but these ice-pop makers have given the tired category a makeover.
July 25, 2012 in Starting a Business
Video: How Loosecubes Aims to Change Where We WorkPlay Video

How Loosecubes Aims to Change Where We Work (Video)

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Campbell McKellar describes her vision for a different kind of co-working space -- one where individuals get to choose where they work.
July 17, 2012 in Starting a Business
Video: Artsicle: On a Mission to Change the Art WorldPlay Video

Artsicle: On a Mission to Change the Art World (Video)

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Changing the age-old art business is no easy task. But entrepreneurs Alexis Tryon and Scott Carleton explain how they're trying to do just that.
June 26, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Video: Crowdtilt and Its Vision for a More Collaborative WorldPlay Video

Crowdtilt and Its Vision for a More Collaborative World (Video)

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We speak with James Beshara the co-founder of the group-funding site Crowdtilt about what it's like to run a fast-moving young company with major investors watching.
June 11, 2012 in Profiles
Video: Gtrot and a Vision for Local DiscoveryPlay Video

Gtrot and a Vision for Local Discovery (Video)

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Zach Smith of Gtrot talks about the company's changing vision and how the founders keep their eyes on the prize.
May 28, 2012 in Evaluating Your Idea
Video: How JackThreads Plans to Own the Male DemographicPlay Video

How JackThreads Plans to Own the Male Demographic (Video)

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Other than dispel the idea that men don't like shopping, flash-sale site founder Jason Ross is hoping to train his company's energy on making a one-stop-lifestyle-shop for men.
May 16, 2012 in Profiles
Video: Birchbox and Changing the Way We ShopPlay Video

Birchbox and Changing the Way We Shop (Video)

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When Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna realized the flaws in the way women buy cosmetics, they started a company to revamp the system. Here, the Birchbox founders chat about their vision for the future of buying beauty and grooming products.
May 16, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Video: Skillshare and Changing the Way We LearnPlay Video

Skillshare and Changing the Way We Learn (Video)

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Learning doesn't have to end at graduation. Here's how Malcolm Ong and Michael Karnjanaprakorn built a business that aims to put learning first.
May 15, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
From Pinterest to Gumroad, 19-Year-Old Sahil Lavingia on His Trek Through Silicon Valley

From Pinterest to Gumroad, 19-Year-Old Sahil Lavingia on His Trek Through Silicon Valley

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We spoke with the young entrepreneur about his experience as a founding team member at Pinterest and his new company Gumroad.
April 16, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs