How To Launch A For-Purpose Company with Adam Braun

In this podcast: Listeners will learn how to make the leap from career to dream, how to rally people around your passion, and the character it takes to run a company with integrity.

Adam Braun is the founder of Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose company who’s built over 250 schools and raised over $20 million for education across the globe. Adam is also a Keynote speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller The Promise of a Pencil.

In This Podcast We Discuss:

  • The difference between dreamers and doers
  • How to overcome past failures
  • The basics of an effective manager
  • How to create authentic culture at your company

Do you have the heart and tenacity to launch a for-purpose company? Did something about this interview stand out to you? Let me know in the comments below.

To learn more about Adam and Pencils of Promise, here’s an incredible keynote of Adam’s full story.

Google Zeitgeist from Adam Braun on Vimeo.

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  1. Would you consider Sevenly a for-profit company? Does the term “for-purpose” as Adam mentions apply to only non-profits or would this also fit for a company that is for-profit but gives substantial amounts of its profits to a specific cause?

    • Hi Kelly, great question. Yes, Sevenly is a for-profit company. And yes, both non-profits and for-profits can be “for-purpose” companies. 🙂 There are quite a few out there, actually!

  2. Sami Wimberly says:

    I’m 28yrs old with two beautiful girls. My youngest daughter was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. She started kindergarten this year and we’ve had issues with recess because there is no wheelchair accessible playground equipment. It’s been on my heart to start a non-profit that would help schools raise money and get playgorund equipment. I just really don’t know where to start. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Wow Sami, you could really make a huge impact in this world by raising more awareness and funding for this issue. My best advice is to go through Startupcamp – that would help launch you into this venture as prepared as you could be.

    • Sami,
      I just read your comment and would love to be able to assist you with your playground project. I am the president of a tiny non-profit and I am working to build a park in our community for children and adults with disabilities. Check out our website. http://www.BigDreamsPlaygrounds.com
      Becoming a non-profit is actually pretty easy, a little costly, but the benefits are amazing. Also, check out Shane’s Inspiration. They are a huge non-profit out of LA and they are building dozens of these parks all over the country. They may be able to help you too.
      Good luck!!


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