One of the favorite parts of working at Conscious Company is the sheer number of entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives we have the privilege of talking to on a regular basis. We get to meet some of the most impressive, heart-centered, change-making, badass business leaders in the world. We’re always impressed with the innumerable ways people are trying to make the world a better place through business. Yet, when we truly dive deep with most of these business leaders, we find that almost all of them have a common struggle: money.
Whether their current challenge is bootstrapping to get off the ground, raising that next round, searching for a truly sustainable revenue stream, finding the right capital to fuel expansion, or just digging deep to make the next payroll — all issues we can relate to — finances seem to be a primary source of the stress for most, if not all, purpose-driven business leaders. It makes sense: we can’t have truly sustainable conscious companies if they aren’t financially viable.
Those are some of the reasons we’ve dedicated this issue to money. We’ve talked to experts and business owners from all over to shed some light on the almighty dollar. The topics in this issue range from changing your company’s money culture and finding mission-aligned investors to taking charge of your term sheet and figuring out how to negotiate better — plus stories of leaders creating businesses driven by innovative perspectives on finance. You’ll find even more money-related content here on our website over the coming months.
We’ll be posting most of the articles from this issue here within the coming weeks; in the meantime, you can also become a Conscious Company member for ongoing access to the print product, buy a copy of this print issue in a local store, or get instant digital access via the Zinio newsstand.
Read on for more about what’s inside.
Issue 19 — What’s Inside
Take Charge of the Investments in Your Business
By Jenny Kassan
How to Negotiate a Win For All
By Diana Chapman
The Five Tenets of Creating a Conscious Money Culture
By Joetta Johnson
Interview: How Pipeline Angels’ Natalia Oberti Noguera is Changing the Face of Angel Investing
Closed Loop Partners Helps Multinationals Cooperate to Fund Social Good
JUST Community Is Reimagining Microfinance
How Traditional Medicinals Found Aligned Investors*
By Jennifer Kongs and Elizabeth Freeburg
Interview: Gayle Jennings O’Byrne Impactful Career Change (and How She Made It)
A Call for Long-Term Capitalism
By Rand Stagen
Rachel is Conscious Company’s former editor-in-chief. Before joining the CCM team, she worked at Backpacker and Wired magazines.