Entrepreneur Plus - Short White
For Subscribers

How Hacking Is Helping Businesses Beyond the Tech Sector A variety of businesses, from retail to service industries, are organizing internal events using the creative talents of their own employees to solve, or hack, problems.

By John Patrick Pullen

This story appears in the November 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When entrepreneur Jeff Raider wanted to solve a problem for a nonprofit in need, he found a perfect resource: his own employees. Each year his company, Harry's, a New York-based purveyor of shaving gear, donates 1 percent of its sales and time to nonprofit organizations, in partnership with City Year, an AmeriCorps program. City Year was struggling to convince young men to commit a year of their lives to volunteering, and Raider believed his staff could help come up with a solution.

"We were trying to solve a big, out-of-the-box problem that required a diverse set of skills across our organization," Raider says. "We needed everyone to focus on it at the same time and work together to come up with something special, unique and different than what City Year had thought of."

This is a subscriber-only article. Join Entrepreneur+ today for access

Editor's Pick

Related Topics

Business News

Taylor Swift Reportedly Pays All Restaurant-Goers' Checks to Clear Out Restaurant For Her and NFL Star Travis Kelce

The star was spotted at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday night alongside Kelce's mother.

Starting a Business

Its First Year, This Startup Struggled to Get 75 Clients. Five Years Later, They Have 18,000. Here's How They Did It.

Financial planning startup Facet knew they were targeting a huge untapped market. But getting clients wasn't as easy as they hoped.


What Does It Mean to Be An 'Authentic Leader,' Anyway? Here's What You Need to Know.

Authenticity may be an overused term, but more than ever, people expect leaders to share something real about themselves. Here's how to make the leap.

Business News

This Retired MLB Legend Is Still on His Former Team's Payroll — Earning Millions Every Year. But a Creative Side Hustle Also Keeps Him Busy.

Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who spent most of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, is leaning into another one of his passions.