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Paul Polak

This 82-Year Young Man Redefined Social Entrepreneurship With A Fishing Rod. A Contrarian Thinker Like Steve Jobs

Karthik Rajan | Posted 04.27.2017 | Business
Karthik Rajan

I had more questions than answers. I was a teenager. "You have a choice." shared a well-wisher of mine with warmth in his voice. I still distinctly ...

End Poverty or Bust: Creating a Runway for Profitable New Multinational Businesses to Transform Poverty

Paul Polak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Paul Polak

We hope to jumpstart a new generation of multinational companies capable of earning attractive profits while transforming the lives of 100 million poor customers at a time.

How to Solve India's Poverty Crisis

Paul Polak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Paul Polak

The only effective large-scale answer to extreme poverty is to stimulate rapid scalable growth centered specifically in the villages where most poor people live, not urban-centered growth that generates only a trivial trickle-down impact.

Achieving Scale From Trash to Cash

Paul Polak | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Paul Polak

In the end, an effective scaling strategy boils down to answering a large number of fairly simple questions. But the devil is in the details, the more of which you consider, the greater your chance of success!

How Much Money Is Enough?

Paul Polak | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Paul Polak

ow far up the economic scale should the poor family dream of moving to be happy? And how should the person who has become a multi-millionaire decide what to do next?

The Future Corporation

Paul Polak | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Paul Polak

Coca-Cola sells what amounts to aspirationally branded fizzy sugar-water for about 25 cents a bottle in villages all over India. What would happen if a well-financed company started selling a nutritious soft drink at a nickel a pop in millions of villages around the world?

4 Transformative Business Opportunities in Emerging Markets

Paul Polak | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business
Paul Polak

I'm going to describe a little bit about the four businesses and then we'll have a little bit of time for question and answers. Here's an example in...

4 New Global Businesses

Paul Polak | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Paul Polak

My dream is to create four new global businesses. Each one of these businesses will serve at least 100 million customers, generate at least ten billio...

Simplicity Brings Hope to the Digital Age

Paul Polak | Posted 01.28.2013 | Business
Paul Polak

Can the design genius of Steve Jobs and Apple be harnessed to create a $15 iPad that would create revolutionary transformative markets serving the world's 3 billion most bypassed customers?

Lucas Kavner

'Pay-For-Success' Model Seeks To Revolutionize Social Investing | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business

Long before doctor and entrepreneur Paul Polak began trying to revolutionize social investing -- before he could even drive a car -- he was planting t...

Building A Better Mousetrap Is Only The Beginning

Paul Polak | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business
Paul Polak

In my work with a multitude of affordable technologies over the past 30 years, one key feature has become abundantly clear: If you have met the challenge of designing a transformative, radically affordable technology, you've successfully solved no more than 10-20% of the problem.

Janean Chun

Profiting From Poverty | Janean Chun | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business

Lots of rich men try to help the world's poor, but Paul Polak brings more than money to the table. The 78-year-old innovator fled his home at age 5...

The Defining Role Of Business In Ending Poverty

Auren Kaplan | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

Business is the most powerful force on the planet, in terms of its capability to move resources, money, and people. When it comes to fighting poverty, businesses have a defining role to play in working to end it.

A Revolution of Attention

Auren Kaplan | Posted 03.31.2012 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

The top billion of us, of which you are certainly one, have lived for too long in a silo -- a silo of attention. We have focused on quarterly earnings, and consumption, and material desire, at the expense of a forgotten population that is equal to us in that core human way.