Launching a Podcast on High Growth High Values

January 22nd, 2015 by Miles Leave a reply »
I’m launching a new regular podcast.  No, it is not going to be as thrilling as investigating a murder or the location of (perhaps nonexistent) pay-phones, but I do hope you’ll enjoy it.

There is plenty of good content available on high-growth entrepreneurship.  Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders is a classic.  Or a newer and more hands-on podcast would be Sam Altman’s How to Start a Startup.  Many VCs, incubators or accelerators have good blogs or podcasts about the dynamics of high-growth for-profit entrepreneurship.

Separately, there is plenty of content on social entrepreneurship (although not always of the high-growth kind), impact investing, socially responsible investing or creating a mission or purpose-driven organization.  People like to talk about blended value or social finance.  When they talk about these things, they aren’t always thinking in a high-growth, high scale way.

I think the intersection of these two worlds is fascinating and does not get enough attention.  These are the are the high-growth, high-value ventures.  They are scalable, financially sustainable, often for-profit mission-driven ventures.  For example, take a look at the B Corp movement with VC-backed companies like:
  • Etsy
  • Warby Parker
  • Rally Software (NYSE:RALY and the B Corp IPO perhaps?)
  • The Honest Company
  • Method Products
  • Altschool
  • Revolution Foods
And there are organizations that pursue a large vision, high-growth mindset with some earned revenue that may or may not choose to be for profit:
  • One Acre Fund
  • Venture for America
  • Namaste Solar
  • Bridge International Academies
Now, I agree, not everything one does needs to be high-growth.  Hey, some things that grow fast are weeds.  And I am not on a high horse (get it?) about every venture being high values.  That said, I do think there is much to be learned and celebrated here.

The podcast will be primarily an interview format with those in this high-growth, high-values world.  They will include entrepreneurs, investors, executives, thinkers and doers.  I’ve got my first few interviews scheduled and just have to get my whole publishing system set-up and then we’ll be off to the races!

Subscribe to the email list to get further updates and a launch notification.  Current working title is High Growth High Values.   (If you have any ideas on names, I’m all ears.)

I look forward to hearing any feedback or ideas and to sharing the first episodes with you.