Hey Change Nation! We are back with our series featuring the ‘Best of SCN’! This series is focused on taking you back to some of our early days in podcasting and sharing the inspiring and challenging stories of our early entrepreneurs! This week we are bringing back Olivier Kamanda, who has some good news about social entrepreneurship as he shares about his social venture Ideal Impact!
This chat with Olivier was the second in our series featuring entrepreneurs working through the Halcyon Incubator in Washington, D.C. Ideal Impact is a community oriented tech company designed to bridge the gap between those who want to serve and organizations that vitally need support. The App serves as an online platform that matches people with opportunities to volunteer, donate, support, and advocate for various causes based on the news stories they follow. Olivier developed the algorithm that categorizes 97 percent of all news websites to find the articles specific to your personal interests. Olivier discusses many things vital to the life of a new social venture, including the decision to have a for profit structure. He wanted Ideal Impact to be a company whose mission is to build a community around worthy causes while generating sustainable income. Olivier’s impact through his company and his experience in politics, law, computer science, and as volunteer Sous-Chef has made his story newsworthy in his community and across the country. His last words in the interview were encouraging others to act and not sit back when they feel moved by particular causes or movements.
Are you ready to make in impact that is newsworthy?
Tune in next Wednesday to continue our ‘Best of SCN’ series!
1.) Who is your personal Hero?
2.) What is your favorite book to read?
Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
3.) What is one online or offline tool you are using to grow your business?
Pocket -Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket. It has the ability to save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite.
4.) What is the best piece of advice you have received?
From Oliver’s mother, “Always work harder than you think you have to.”
5.) What is another awesome Social Venture we should all check out?
- Hand Up – It sets up the homeless with crowd-sourcing websites for donations.
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