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The Beyond Capital Podcast
54 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Dive Back In: Supporting Small Businesses with Dan Price
Dive back in and hear from the purpose-driven CEOs we highlighted in Season 1 of the Beyond Capital Podcast. Your host Eva Yazhari was inspired by Dan's story, and wrote about his work at Gravity Payments in her new book, The Good Your Money Can Do. Click here to learn more and get your copy. Hear from Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments. Many people know him for his decision to give up most of his own salary so that everyone at his company would make a minimum wage of $70,000. Gravity Payments is a credit card and payment processing company catering to small businesses. Dan is publishing a book, "Worth It," about his experiences. Despite productivity in the United States rising by 70% over the last 40 years, the hourly pay of most workers has stagnated, increasing only 11.6% over that same time period. The median household annual income today is approximately $55,000 (pre-Covid-19). "Small businesses unquestionably make our lives better, make our communities better," says Dan. "When I announced I was taking a $1 million pay cut to pay everyone $70,000 a year, the situation was that I was now in a community where everybody could meet their needs. And Gravity Payments became more about the people and the principles behind the company."
39 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Dive Back In: Wealth Consciousness with Seth Streeter
Dive back in and hear from the purpose-driven CEOs we highlighted in Season 1 of the Beyond Capital Podcast. Your host Eva Yazhari was inspired by Kristin's story, and wrote about her work at Revolution Foods in her new book, The Good Your Money Can Do. Click here to learn more and get your copy. Can money buy happiness? According to a Princeton University study, there is a correlation between happiness and wealth, up to a point of about $75,000 per year. After that, happiness is not correlated with increased money. Hear from Seth Streeter about wealth consciousness. Seth is the founder and CEO of Mission Wealth, a wealth management firm that specializes in guiding clients through major life events, and helping people find - and fund - their purpose. Seth is also the Founder of Sustainable Future, a technology platform providing campaigns and resources to affect change for a cleaner, safer planet. "The CEO to me is the Chief Energy Officer," says Seth. "I find that culturally, if people can feel like they are cared for and that they have a purpose beyond themselves, that can add tremendous fuel and resiliency, even during the challenging times we're under today."
36 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Dive Back In: Healthy Uprising with Kristin Richmond of Revolution Foods
Dive back in and hear from the purpose-driven CEOs we highlighted in Season 1 of the Beyond Capital Podcast. Your host Eva Yazhari was inspired by Kristin's story, and wrote about her work at Revolution Foods in her new book, The Good Your Money Can Do. Click here to learn more and get your copy. 12 million children in the U.S. lack access to healthy food, leading to childhood obesity doubling in the last 30 years. On top of that, providing healthy school meals has a positive correlation to students' academic outcomes. Learn about Kristin Richmond, the co-founder and CEO of Revolution Foods, a school lunch provider serving over 2.5 million meals a week! Revolution Foods is ranked as one of the healthiest school meal providers in the U.S., directly addressing food insecurity for low-income students with after-school programs, community cooking classes, and nutrition education. With their "kid-inspired, chef-crafted" meals, Revolution Foods emphasizes sustainable supply chains, healthy eating habits, and reducing food waste - all while serving 1.2 million servings of fruit per week in more than 400 cities! "The link between what I'm doing as a parent, as a community member, and as a CEO is a real honor," says Kristin. "Despite the challenges, purpose and a bigger belief in what I am doing has fueled me to stay in the game."
41 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Dive Back In: Powering Change with Ajaita Shah of Frontier Markets
Dive back in and hear from the purpose-driven CEOs we highlighted in Season 1 of the Beyond Capital Podcast. Your host Eva Yazhari was inspired by Ajaita's story, and wrote about her work at Frontier Markets in her new book, The Good Your Money Can Do. Click here to learn more and get your copy. 70% of women in rural India still have no access to capital or financial institutions. According to some estimates, this lack of access causes rural Indian women to only contribute 2% of India’s GDP. Learn about how one company is tackling this issue in this week's episode, featuring Ajaita Shah, the founder and CEO of Frontier Markets. She has over 15 years of experience working on business in rural India. Her company, Frontier Markets, has built a scalable distribution model that works with 10,000 female entrepreneurs that are helping 700,000 households in India's last-mile get access to safe, affordable clean energy products and other household goods. Ajaita is working to create a sustainable supply channel for a wide range of products for low-income households in rural India. Beyond Capital Fund is proud to have invested in Frontier Markets in 2013! "Frontier Markets' first level of impact comes from the core belief that the rural household deserves to be treated with dignity," says Ajaita. "But as a founder, it took me 15 years, frankly, to have a clear understanding and a blended vision that doesn't force me to pick between profit and impact."
37 minutes | May 25, 2021
Dive Back In: Beneficial Snacks with Ian Walker of Left Coast Naturals
Dive back in and hear from the purpose-driven CEOs we highlighted in Season 1 of the Beyond Capital Podcast. Your host Eva Yazhari was inspired by Ian’s story, and wrote about his work at Left Coast Naturals in her new book, The Good Your Money Can Do. Click here to learn more and get your copy. Organic farming is important, both for the environment and for our health. Natural, organic foods are generally produced using sustainable agricultural practices, and contain fewer harmful pesticides, chemicals, and synthetic hormones. But according to the USDA, organic products constitute only about 4% of total food sales. In this episode, we hear from Ian Walker, the founder and President of Left Coast Naturals, an organic food manufacturer and distributor based in Western Canada. Ian is the brains behind a number of healthy food brands, including “Hippie Snacks,” that focus on natural, plant-based, non-GMO products - from peanut butter, to granola, to cauliflower crisps. He started his business when he was 24. Today, Left Coast Naturals distributes products in more than 500 stores, and has developed a unique company culture with highly progressive perks, all around one mission: sustainability. "We want to have a company that treats people well, and that people are excited to be a part of," says Ian. "We asked ourselves, what's stopping our employees from making positive changes in their life? So we put our money where our mouth is."
25 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Keep it Simple: Katlin Smith of Simple Mills
According to a 2016 study, 58% of Americans’ calorie intake, on average, comes from ultra-processed foods. Ultra-processed foods account for 90% of the added sugars Americans eat. In this episode, learn from Katlin Smith. Katlin is the founder and CEO of Simple Mills, a food company that focuses on nutritious baked goods, like crackers, baking mixes, and more and distributes in more than 20,000 stores. Kaitlin previously worked in consulting. "When you extract too much from your team or from the land, it has long-term downstream implications," says Katlin. "I think about us as advancing the holistic health of the people on this planet as well as the planet itself. We do that by changing the food that people eat."
35 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Accessorize with Impact: Sheeba Philip of Akola
In Uganda, the average person earns less than a $1.90 per day. This week, we speak with Sheeba Philip, the CEO of Akola. Akola is a retail social venture and jewelry/ lifestyle brand with a mission to empower women in Eastern Africa. Sheeba was previously the Vice-President of Marketing & Communications at JCPenney, a Vice-President at International Justice Mission, an anti-slavery organization, and was the Global Director for the Oreo brand at parent company Mondelez International. "We really want this jewelry to unlock something in the person who's buying it," says Sheeba. "I think consumers want to be part of retail experiences that benefit them in a deeper way than just the product itself, and allow them to have an impact with their purchasing power."
30 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Healthy Workplace: Michael Heinrich of Garten
According to a Stanford study, stressors related to our jobs make the workplace the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. 80% of chronic diseases can be addressed through diet alone. In this episode, we speak with Michael Heinrich, the founder and CEO of Garten. Garten, previously known as “Oh My Green,” is a platform bringing nutritious food, healthy snacks, drinks, and wellness practices to the workplace. Michael is also a Venture Partner at Pioneer Fund, and an instructor at Stanford University. "How can the workplace - a place we're supposed to find meaning, a place we're supposed to do our best - lead to death? To me that's totally backwards," says Michael. "My desire is to make preventative health the standard modality of healthcare. When employers invest in the well-being and health of employees, financial results are a natural course of action."
34 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Botanical Bodycare: Caroline Duell of All Good
Approximately 14,000 tons of sunscreen washes into coral reef environments each year. Up to 10% of the world's coral reefs may be threatened by certain chemicals found in most sunscreens. This week, hear from Caroline Duell, the founder and CEO of All Good. All Good is a company that makes organic and environmentally-friendly bodycare products, including skincare, sunscreen, and deodorant. "We need to move beyond the mentality of extraction and destruction as a form of gaining wealth and making business function," says Caroline. "I've surprised a lot of investors when they ask: 'are you out for profit or to do something good?', and I answer the question: 'yes.'"
36 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Special Episode: 'The Good Your Money Can Do,' by Eva Yazhari
We are bringing you an exclusive look at your co-host Eva Yazhari’s new book, The Good Your Money Can Do: Becoming a Conscious Investor., joined by our producer, Mathilde Beniflah. Eva Yazhari is a seasoned investor, entrepreneur, and CEO with 16 years of experience working in the venture capital and asset management industries. She is the co-founder and CEO of Beyond Capital Fund, and launched her weekly magazine, The Conscious Investor, in 2019. In this episode, we speak with Eva about her guide to finding meaning and purpose with our money. In The Good Your Money Can Do, Eva shows readers that your money has more potential than you ever thought possible. "As an impact investor, the minute we put our money into a company, the impact starts then," says Eva. "I think one of the key ingredients of being a conscious investor is having an abundance mindset. It's knowing that the pie is not finite."
27 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Entrepreneurial Impact: Anurag Jain of Access Healthcare
In the United States, there is one doctor for every five patients. But in rural India, there is one doctor for every 50,000 patients. In this episode, we speak with Anurag Jain. Anurag is the Chairman and CEO of Access Healthcare, which has over 13,000 employees in India, the US, and the Philippines. He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Perot Jain, a venture capital firm. Anurag is on the Board of several companies, global think tanks, and nonprofit organizations. He was previously a Vice-President at Dell. "Understanding local cultural nuances is extremely important - it's why the United Nations of the world can do big things in some places, but get it very wrong in others," says Anurag. "The more you have, the more responsibility you have to the rest of the world."
38 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Fermented Impact: Daina Trout of Health-Ade Kombucha
The global kombucha market size was estimated at $1.67 billion in 2019 and roughly $2.02 billion in 2020. This week, learn from Daina Trout, the co-founder and CEO of Health-Ade. Health-Ade is a kombucha company based in Los Angeles whose products are sold in over 26,000 stores nationwide. Daina previously worked in pharmaceuticals and nutrition. "Health-Ade has evolved in how it makes kombucha - and part of that evolution is investing a lot more in science," says Daina. "I look at it as a continuous improvement process: where can we do better this year than we did last year? Let's push ourselves a bit!"
38 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Sustainable Sex: Meika Hollender of Sustain
Every year, 450,000,000 condoms are sold in the United States. In this episode, we speak with Meika Hollender, the creator of the "world's most sustainable condom", and the founder and CEO of Sustain. Sustain is a line of all-natural sexual wellness products. Meika is on the Board of Net Impact, and is also the author of “Get On Top,” a guide to reproductive and sexual health. "In the consumer products space, the idea is that you're going to reinvent the product, make it more sustainable and healthier. That's what consumers are demanding today," says Meika. "We built a movement and a conversation. In reflecting, we built a sexual wellness category."
31 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Greener Greens: Brian Cook of Pete's
Greenhouses use 90% less land and water than field grown greens. To learn more about greenhouses and more, hear from Brian Cook. Brian is the CEO of Pete’s, a company that specializes in greenhouse-grown lettuce and produce, with a special focus on reducing packaging and food waste. Pete’s distributes at major supermarkets including Walmart, Kroger, Target, and more. Brian is also the Chairman of the Fresh Produce & Floral Council, and was previously the Director of Sales at San Miguel Produce. "Taking care of your people is a lifestyle. It's not a project. If you tackle it as a project, you lose authenticity. This has to be something you live every day," says Brian. "A lot of times, doing good does come at a cost. But ultimately, there is a way profit and purpose are built and grow together."
35 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
A Path Away from Plastic: Shadi Bakour of Pathwater
Americans use about 50 billion plastic water bottles per year. However, the recycling rate for plastic is only 9%, which means that 40+ billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year. In this episode, learn from Shadi Bakour, the founder and CEO of PathWater, a company that manufactures reusable, refillable water bottles, with the mission of ending single use plastic in the industry. Shadi previously founded Exumme, a technology hardware company, and has held positions at Booz Allen and The Abraaj Group. "What we're doing is much bigger than Pathwater. There is a movement against single-use plastic, and we are really proud of leading that movement within our space," says Shadi. "We need to build the infrastructure on a global scale to create access to clean water in places where it's not as accessible."
31 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Fashion on Purpose: Ian Bentley of Parker Clay
Approximately 430 million people work in fashion and textile production; this means that one in eight workers around the world is involved in the fashion industry. This week, we speak with Ian Bentley, the founder and CEO of Parker Clay, a fashion company that creates premium leather goods sourced from Ethiopia, with a special focus on hiring women. Ian previously served as President of Zia Group, a real estate developer, and has experience in marketing, sales, and business operations. "The generations that are rising up think it's no longer an option to not know how things are made and how people are treated. We're here because we want to create opportunities for women to not just survive, but to thrive," says Ian. "If we're not having an impact, we don't exist. It's that simple."
32 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Revolutionizing Fertility: Caroline Noublanche of Apricity
The number of babies born in the U.S. hit the lowest level in more than three decades in 2019, continuing a five-year downward trend, according to a new federal report. In this episode, we speak with Caroline Noublanche. Caroline is the co-founder and CEO of Apricity, a company that is disrupting the fertility clinic and treatment industries, to improve the experiences and outcomes for women and couples who are struggling to conceive. Caroline was previously the CEO of Prylos, a business she sold in 2011, and Vice President at Doro AB, a Swedish technology company. "We want to change the way fertility treatments are provided to patients, with treatment that is tailored to your specific needs, preferences and location," says Caroline. "Women are often told how not to become pregnant; but rarely have they been told how they should."
42 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
The Future of EcoFashion: Marci Zaroff of ECOfashion Corp
According to McKinsey research, the fashion industry emits the same quantity of greenhouse gases per year as the entire economies of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined. Under the current trajectory, the fashion industry misses the 1.5ºC pathway set by the Paris Climate Accords by 50%. This week, we are thrilled to learn from Marci Zaroff. Marci is the Founder and CEO of ECOfashion Corp’s “Greenhouse of Brands,” that include MetaWear, Yes And, and Farm to Home. Marci is a serial entrepreneur who has also founded Under the Canopy, a sustainable fashion company, Beyond Brands, Good Catch Foods, a plant-based fish product brand, and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Marci serves as an Advisor and Board member to many companies. She also helped to define the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the first USA Fair Trade Textile Certification. "When I coined and trademarked the term "ecofashion" in 1995, people thought I was crazy," says Marci. "The current system with fast fashion has crammed farmers and factory workers down to levels that are inhumane. We now have a standard that focuses on renewable energy, social justice, water stewardship, as well as material health and material re-use."
30 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Equitable Education: Howard Bell of Abl Schools
On average, 85% of high school students graduate within four years in the U.S. However, the average for white public high school students (89%) was 10% higher than the average for Black and Latino students (79%) in the 2017–18 school year. In this episode, we speak with Howard Bell, the CEO of Abl Schools. Abl is an education software company that is aiming to improve education equity across districts. Abl focuses on understanding student access and enrollment in courses, and the distribution of teacher load, through a master schedule. Howard previously held leadership positions in the education sector, including at Hobsons, Study Group, Kaplan, and Scholastic. "The key is to not let biases become unchecked in the educational process, because that's when systemic barriers come into play," says Howard. "We are here to help illustrate all the imbalances present in school systems, so that you can understand from an equity perspective which student groups are getting access to rigorous courses necessary for college eligibility."
38 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Building for Change: Tammy Jones of Basis Investment Group
In the United States, less than 20% of senior positions in Real Estate companies are held by women. This week, meet Tammy Jones. Tammy is the founder and CEO of Basis Investment Group, a commercial real estate firm that has closed $4 billion in real estate investments across the United States. Tammy has held numerous executive positions at real estate investment companies including CWCapital LLC and Equitable Real Estate, and has invested capital for more than 14 public pension plans. Tammy is also a Trustee for Georgia State University. "Investing with diverse managers and owners in and of itself has social impact, because we invest together and we hire each other," says Tammy. "No one can do everything across the diversity spectrum. You have to figure out what your area is, to be able to create and affect change."
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