28 minutes | Aug 14th 2015

Startups for the Real World

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Olivier Poullion is passionate about applying the latest startup thinking to solving one big real world problem – garbage. His passion was sparked in the mid-nineties. While working for an enviro-NGO, Olivier saw an infant die as he was surveying an illegal resort dump in Bali. The boy was living with his family in the dumping ground, where they made a living from rummaging through hotel waste for whatever they could sell. The child was born on the dump, and had died after breathing toxic air from the burning rubbish. Shaken from this experience, Olivier decided to make waste management his life work, seeking to influence tourism industry and make Bali a safer place to live for everyone. His latest project, an app called Cash for Trash, came top at Hubud's Startup Weekend in 2014. What you'll hear in this podcast: Why he left a cozy office job in New York How he developed an environmentally focused startup that's economically sustainable How he leverages technology to solve real world issues His views on starting up in Bali."People are tired of silly startups. It's reaching saturation point. It’s fun to live in virtual world but we live in the real world with real world problems that need solving." Like TurnPoint Radio? Don’t miss out the next episode. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via Stitcher Like this podcast? Sign up here for our biweekly dose of inspiration, articles and learning opportunities relating to the changing nature of work.
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