Smart Means Nothing: What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur | Entrepreneurs for Good

So many of us entrepreneurs think success depends on one critical factor in China: guanxi (relationship). The concept that “it’s not what you know, but who you know, that matters” is an international catchphrase, happily tossed around by business-minded go-getters with confidence that they do, in fact, know the “right people”. But the reality – no matter where you are in the world, but especi…

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3 Things That Make a Successful Growth-Stage Startup

The Startup Reality in China It feels that the days when China is called a land of "copycats" are long gone. Since the official launch of the Made in China 2025 master plan, China has been leapfrogging towards an innovation-powered economy rather than one focusing on labor-intensive manufacturing. The nationwide movement has gained huge momentum: In 2015 alone, China’s total patent filings mat…

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Ocean Plastic & China’s Affluence, Markets for Sustainability & Leadership | #AskTheCollective 002

As we wrap up the start of February, we are proud to present Episode 002 of the #AskTheCollective video series. This episode features topics ranging from ocean plastic and the influence of affluence in China, to the link between sustainability and a market-driven economy. Many thanks to askers: Wade Sewell, allaways coffee, and Mario Van Der Meulen. As always, we hope you find these questions a…

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Dare to Dream, Take the First Step – Entrepreneurs for Good

There are fewer questions more interesting to ask an entrepreneur than, “Why did you do it?” Through this latest installment in our "Entrepreneurs for Good" series, we had a powerful discussion with Sherry Poon, who revealed one of the most interesting insights of how entrepreneurs have to overcome their fear. Sherry Poon is the founder and CEO of wobabybasics, a Shanghai-based innovative app…

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[NEW WEBSERIES] #AskTheCollective: Episode 001

As a way to engage with you, our audience, we are happy to announce that Episode 001 of the #AskTheCollective video series is now live! This episode features topics ranging from food waste in China to the reality of China's pledge to become an "ecological civilization". Special thanks to our askers: Travis Opocensky, Hunter Lovins, John Dennis Liu, Ariel Muller, and Rob Waston. #AskTheCollectiv…

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From China to India: Scaling Sustainable Solutions

Early this year, I took a flight from Mumbai to Shanghai - which included a five-hour, pollution-related delay in Delhi. During the whole time in the air, it was only over the Himalayas that I saw the Asian continent getting a respite from the consequences of industrial activity, localized burning, and energy consumption. India: The Next "China" India is now well-documented to follow in Chin…

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5 Predictions for Chinese Markets in 2017

2017 has just begun, and one question is on everyone’s minds: what exactly will the new year bring? In particular, companies in China want to predict and adjust for major trends, and wonder what upcoming news could affect their operations. 2016 was a tumultuous year for Chinese markets. The Chinese Communist Party issued its second red alert, closed factories across the northeast, tackled ris…

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Executive Luncheon: The 2017 Business Case for Sustainability – Jan. 17th

While recent events in politics and business may have left some executives thinking that sustainability at the center of business strategy is at a greater cost than benefit, or as something that can be put off completely until regulations are past, improved markets for sustainability and increased corporate pressure from local stakeholders are both clear signs that an opportunity to further sustai…

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Entrepreneurs for Good: Brian Tam

Collective Responsibility has launched a new video series: Entrepreneurs for Good. In each interview, Collective Responsibility's founder, Rich Brubaker, asks entrepreneurs about their businesses, which solve regional social, environmental, or economic challenges. This week, we've released our full interview with Brian Tam. Brian Tam is the Founder and CEO of Let's Make Great!, a company that t…

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2016: CR Year in Review

2016 has been Collective’s busiest and most productive year to date. As we head into 2017 with a continued passion for action and change, we want to look back at the past year and share some of our favorite events, reports, and stories: JANUARY 5 Ways to Become a Sustainability Ambassador By Charlie Matthews  We kicked off 2016 with a Beyond Business as Usual Forum. Over 50 young professio…

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