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How I became a social entrepreneur

How I became a social entrepreneur

In 2002, my brother Brad and I were both living in San Francisco, not far from our parents’ home, which is about 30 minutes south of the City. We were working hard to establish our careers but at the same time, as with anyone, we were trying to balance our careers with family and other interests including exercise, various hobbies and certainly philanthropy... »

Polishing GEMs

Polishing GEMs

(excerpts  from Alden-Mills.com edited specifically for G.E.M.) Diamonds are ugly stones. Have you ever seen one before they’ve been cut and polished? Mustard yellow to grayish blobs of carbon – these stones are hardly recognizable as one of the most precious materials on earth. Yet to a trained eye and several teams of skilled people, not to mention lots of hard work, these stones can transform i... »

How the idea for GEM was created

How the idea for GEM was created

This blog post is a personal, self-centered story about my history in founding Grassroots Entrepreneur Mission. Reader beware. Here are the Cliff’s Notes:  It is about the joy of being an entrepreneur, a joy that is good for the World, and the lesson I learned about the meaning of life at my Dad’s funeral. The idea for GEM was hatched about 5 years ago at a series of fundraising events that ... »

Why the name “Grassroots Entrepreneur Mission”?

Why the name “Grassroots Entrepreneur Mission”?

“Grassroots” is used for several reasons. The first is that we want to encourage all people to become social entrepreneurs, not just fancy people that have a fancy university degree with connections to venture capital firms and family offices... »