A business solution to poverty

By Jose Rene C. Gayo – BusinessWorld Online, Manila, Philippines THE TITLE of this article was inspired by the book by Paul Polak and Mal Warwick entitled The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New …

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“Why didn’t I think of this?”

When Cynthia Koenig, an innovative young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people …

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How to end poverty

Paul Polak and Mal Warwick’s award-winning book, The Business Solution to Poverty, highlights 20 “takeaways” that encapsulate much of the book’s essence. Today we’re featuring the first of those takeaways. Future posts will include others.  We believe there is one …

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Mobile money at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Since M-PESA was introduced in Kenya seven years ago, blogs and conference sessions have devoted more and more space to the potential of mobile money as an enabling technology for development. Suddenly, making banking services available to the unbanked no longer …

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Indispensable for entrepreneurs

A review of The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, by Eric Ries By Mal Warwick @@@@ (4 out of 5) Bloomberg reports that 8 out of 10 new businesses fail within the first 18 months …

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Are small projects worthwhile?

By Mal Warwick In The Business Solution to Poverty, Paul Polak and I advocate the “Don’t Bother Trilogy,” which reads as follows: a)    If you haven’t talked to at least 100 customers in some depth before you start [your venture], …

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Turning a bright idea into a business

You are invited to join Mal Warwick, co-author of The Business Solution to Poverty, and Erik Simanis, Managing Director, Market Creation Strategies at Cornell University, in a Google Hangout tomorrow, Monday, June 9. The Google Hangout, entitled “The Business Model Behind the …

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