The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line

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The Business of Good narrates the story behind social entrepreneurship as told by the individuals compelled to create a change in the world--not just another business. Serial and social entrepreneur Jason Haber intertwines case studies, anecdotes, and initiatives that have become part of the larger narrative of entrepreneurship.

From Main Street to Wall Street, today’s social entrepreneurs are rebooting capitalism, challenging the charitable industrial complex, and are disrupting the way companies do business with exciting innovations designed to solve society’s most vexing problems. In this book, Haber examines Capitalism 2.0, philanthropy, and the role and power of media alongside the world’s response as social entrepreneurship changes how we give, how we invest, and who we are.
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Jason Haber is a serial and social entrepreneur. In 2010, he co-founded Rubicon Property, a social entrepreneurial real estate firm based in Manhattan. Warburg Realty, one of New York's premier firms, purchased Rubicon in 2013. During his career, Haber has had various roles in the private and public sectors. He has also served as an adjunct professor at John Jay College. Haber is a frequent commentator on cable news networks. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University and a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
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Entrepreneur Press
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Published on
May 16, 2016
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781613083369
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Language
English
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Business & Economics / Entrepreneurship
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