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Mike Del Ponte
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Mike Del Ponte is a social entrepreneur, speaker, and health hacker.

Mike is the co-founder and CEO of Soma. Soma makes the world’s most innovative water filters and beautiful glass carafes to provide healthy and delicious drinking water.

Previously, Mike led marketing at BranchOut, the largest professional network on Facebook. As an early employee, Mike helped grow BranchOut from 0 to 25 million users in 16 months.

Mike is the founder and former CEO of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit investing in the most promising young social entrepreneurs. Mike’s leadership earned Sparkseed a Financial Times Social Innovation Award and recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, and CNN.

In 2010, Mike and the Sparkseed team hosted Dangerously Ambitious, the highly praised, invite-only summit for social innovators, investors, designers, and thought leaders.

Before founding Sparkseed, Mike served as a Christian Peacemaker in the West Bank, an orphanage volunteer in Jamaica, a microfinance consultant in Nepal, and a part of the team that created a child health care program for 355,000 kids in Kutch, India. Mike has degrees from Boston College and Yale University.

He also serves on the boards of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Mobilize.org. He is a prolific speaker and advises social entrepreneurs.

Entries by Mike Del Ponte

What's in Your Water

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 12:02 PM

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We all know the value of hydration. Drinking water lubricates our muscles and skin, and gives our brainpower a boost. We know we should hydrate throughout the day, and especially before and after exercise, and post-caffeine. Next time you take a sip, stop...

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This Earth Day, Quit Plastic

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Did you know that the average person in he U.S. spends $242 a year on plastic water bottles? Or that two-thirds of these water bottles end up in landfills or in the ocean?

Our addiction to plastic water bottles is on the rise and the impact on the environment and...

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Remember the We

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 5:10 PM

We spend a lot of time monitoring our own success and comparing ourselves to others. We're constantly proving ourselves to be the best entrepreneurs, philanthropists, lawyers or doctors, and yet climbing to the top can be a lonely journey. And what happens, at the "top?" We become uninspired, and all...

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WATCH: Clean Drinking Water for All

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 6:08 PM

In April, Soma--makers of the smart, sustainable, beautiful water filter--went with charity: water to Ethiopia to see the water projects Soma's customers are supporting. It sounds simple, but what we saw stunned us: an entire village received their "drinking" water from a swamp-like hole in the ground. Some...

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