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Faces of Social Entrepreneurship

After entering “Social Entrepreneurship” into the Digg search engine, one of the most popular items I found was an article off the New York Times written last year about entrepreneurs making an impact on society.

The story of Michael Gainer really stuck out to me as a shining example of a young entrepreneur giving back to his community.  A 34-year old resident of Buffalo, Michael has turned Buffalo’s plans to destroy over 10,000 houses over the next 10 years into an environmentally friendly way of reusing old building materials.

Buffalo ReUse collects old and unused building materials and sells them to craftsmen that can use them such as carpenters and metalworkers, putting to use what would otherwise be wasted.  Gainer also goes out of his way to hire young people from the Buffalo area to fill marketing and graphic design positions in order to mentor them and develop young talent.

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Texas Punk Gone Entrepreneur

I lived in San Antonio, Texas from age 7-10, and this past summer I went back to an old friend’s wedding.  While visiting got to hang out with Sean, one of my close friends from my days in Texas.

In catching up with him, I found out that over the past two years he has developed his own computer repair service.  Ladies and gentlemen, this is not your average “I reset my neighbors wireless router” repair service.  This kid has clientele all over the city, gets away with charging $50/hour, and drives a 2007 Ford Mustang.

Sean uses both a personal website and Facebook Page to market his business.  He has over a dozen personal reviews on his own personal site attesting to his greatness.  This guy has no employees and doesn’t contract out any of his advertising because he does it all himself.

As a result of his hard work and successful marketing, Sean is working 10-20 hours a week and making around $35000/year while playing in a Christian rock band that’s about to get signed to a major record label.  Pretty impressive what a 21 year old with no college experience can do when he puts his mind to something.

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iPhone Apps

Since the iPhone’s initial release in 2007 the iPhone has changed the way we  communicate and digitally interact, as well as turning cell phones into an interactive multimedia platform and an innovative social tool.

iPhone apps have created a huge virtual market that some internet entrepreneurs have managed to turn into huge profits.

There are apps for everything from keeping track of your sports teams (ESPN Scorecenter), trip planning (GoogleMaps), and time-wasters such as Tetris.

If you have a good idea that catches the interest of iPhone users, there’s a way to turn it into a profit whether it be through sale price or marketing.

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Have a Sweet Internet Business??

If you are into online marketing and or entrepreneurship in general.. here is the chance of a lifetime. A Scholarship seminar with all the big wigs in online business. I found out about this through a network of young entrepreneurs involved with the Mckelvey Foundation who haves incredible entrepreneurial minds. These young men and women will be our generations Top business leaders. Seriously thoughthis link out even if you don’t think your business or online venture is worth a scholarship. Its a great opportunity!


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The Power of Social Entrepreneurship


The Worlds at Your Fingertips

The World is at Your Fingertips

Social Entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing mega market in the Internet realm.  Millions of the needs of people are being addressed across the globe and their lives are being made better through the social entrepreneurship on the Internet.  So what is “Social Entrepreneurship”?


  • connects people globally weather it just be for the means to communicate with friends (Facebook) share knowledge (Ultimate-Guitar) keep people updated on whats going on (Twitter) or get loans to start a small business (Kiva).
  • level of success not necessarily measured by how much money it makes but by how it affects people
  • It makes the world smaller!


Social entrepreneurship has so much power in the world today, and many people are even becoming rich off of it.  There is such a buzz around social media today that the people who found the sites are millionaires and billionaires (Mark Zuckerburg- Facebook).  


Social entrepreneurship, while not a particularly  difficult topic to understand, it is often difficult to be successful in creating  a social media website.  The biggest key to social entrepreneurship is finding the pain.  Find a need and fix it! Find a gap and connect it!

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