Devin Thorpe, founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, calls himself a champion of social good. He writes about, advocates for and advises those who are doing good. He travels extensively to share his message as a keynote speaker, emcee and trainer. As a Forbes Contributor he covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing. His books on personal finance and crowdfunding draw on his entrepreneurial finance experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and mortgage broker helping people use financial resources to do good. Previously he worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell.


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6 family-friendly tips for successful entrepreneurship

Thank heaven for entrepreneurs. Unless you are one of the one-in-three who work for the government, if you have a job, you have an entrepreneur to thank. Someone back in time launched that business and created the job that feeds your family. If you’d like to be an entrepreneur, the following tips will help you succeed at launching your own business while you maintain a happy and healthy home environment.

  1. Remember it will be tough.Entrepreneurship is not for the weak. It is going to be tough. A lot tougher than you think. Really.
  2. Talk about it.Sit down with your spouse and talk about the implications of your plan. Make sure that your spouse is 100 percent behind you. It may take time, but this is the most critical step for maintaining a happy home with an entrepreneur in it. It may also be more important than you think for the success of the business. Because an entrepreneur has to invest so many hours into ramping up the business, and may not add a dime to the family wallet for months, spousal support can make or break the dream. Many entrepreneurs have said their spouses were key to their success.

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Our space for your story

Guest post from Chelsea Bakewell of Red Door Interactive.

You’ve got a great idea, you’re working from your basement or friend’s house and you’re on that 5th cup of coffee. You’re working for a startup and you’re doing whatever it takes to get your feet off the ground. We can relate. Starting as a small company ourselves, Red Door Interactive has been through the necessary hurdles that small businesses must overcome in order to grow and flourish.  Having recently moved into bigger San Diego & Denver office spaces to enhance employee’s work capabilities, we understand that having a place of work to create and collaborate is crucial. Our Denver office currently has some space to spare, and we want to fill it with a promising startup that can take advantage of our open, creative environment.  And so, in the spirit of Red Door’s previous philanthropic initiatives, we have set out to give back to the community that has helped us get to where we are by giving a lucky startup rent free office space for 6 months.

The “Win Free Office Space in Downtown Denver” contest invites Denver startups, four person or less, to enter a short video via our Facebook tab. The easily accessible online platform allows small companies to share their stories through an online gallery that will be displayed throughout the contest. The nature of contest was designed to encourage friends and supporters to get involved and vote for their favorite startup.  In this way, the social impact of the contest will be to increase awareness of startups that enter and we are excited to serve as a platform for this initial exposure.

As always, it is important for us to be inspired and we encourage our entrants to share their stories based on several different criteria, but most importantly, their core values. Our core values, included but certainly not limited to are inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% Jerk Free. After reviewing the videos, finalist will have the opportunity to interview with current Red Door employees, who will examine the startup’s mission, culture and values to determine if the company is a fit.  The winning company will have the chance to work in an open creative environment alongside a company that has been named an Ad Age “Best Place to Work”  in 2010 & 2012.   “We’ve got a great group of people here that inspire each other every day and contribute to our growth, but in the meantime, it was important to us to lend a hand to those just starting out.  We’ve got a great space, and if some extra room will help a promising young company get started on the right foot, then there’s no better way we could utilize it.  We’re looking forward to see what the entrepreneurial community in Denver has to offer! ”

Opening our doors to give a deserving startup a home to build their business is right up our alley and we are bustling with excitement to meet our entrepreneurial neighbors in Denver. If you’d like to get involved please spread the word by sharing the contest details here If you have any questions about Red Door Interactive please feel free to contact me, Chelsea Bakewell, at or tweet at us @red door.

The Nature Conservancy CEO On Entrepreneurship For The Environment

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

When Mark Tercek took the reigns as CEO of The Nature Conservancy in 2008 he brought a new perspective. As a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, Tercek’s career evolved into a focus on sustainability, recognizing the vast economic value of nature and the ability of business to actually contribute profitably to the health of the planet.

In Tercek’s book, Nature’s Fortune, How Business and Society Thrive in Nature, he explains how his experiences at Goldman Sachs and at TNC prove that protecting the environment makes economic sense. For example, he called attention to a shift in attitude at CocaCola, noting that in 2002 water was not listed as an important input in its annual report and by 2012, water had become a key focus. CocaCola has adopted a policy of “replenishment,” with the goal of creating ecological means of returning as much water to the environment as the company uses. Not to be outdone, Pepsi has promised to become “water positive.” Tercek explains the economics that have driven the shift and how preserving and restoring the natural environment can be much more affordable than “gray infrastructure,” man-made remedies like levies, dikes and sea walls.

On Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:00 Eastern, Tercek will join me for a live discussion about the role of business and entrepreneurs–and others–in the effort to protect the environment and turn back climate change.


Mark Tercek, CEO of the Nature Conservancy (Photo credit: Fortune Live Media)

Tune in here and listen while you work.

According to a Nature Conservancy Magazine article about Tercek, first sought to leave Goldman Sachs in 2005 to pursue work focused on the environment, but Chairman Henry Paulson convinced him to stay by inviting him to form a new group, the Goldman Sachs’ Environmental Strategy Group, where he could work on his passion. When the opportunity came up, however, to head The Nature Conservancy in 2008, he jumped at the chance.

Tercek attributes his desire to work for the preservation of the environment to his role as a parent. “I want to be able to look my kids in the eye,” he says, “and tell them I did all I could to leave the world a better place.”

Before beginning his 24 years at Goldman, Tercek completed an MBA at Harvard after earning a BA at Williams College.

This interview is part of a series that will examine what can be accomplished in the fight to solve the world’s biggest challenges within the next thirty years. The solution to every big problem also presents opportunities entrepreneurs will exploit to change the world. From this series of interviews, a book, working title: Thirty Years to Peace, will emerge.


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MWCN Executive Director, Cheri Farnsworth, Explains Mission

The MountainWest Capital Network is a Utah-based organization that seeks to expand capital markets for growing businesses in the state.

On Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM, MWCN Executive Director Cheri Farnsworth with join me to talk about the organization’s mission and upcoming events.


Tune in and listen while you work.

MWCN will recognize Tom Dickson, founder and CEO of Blendtec as its 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year. The celebration will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Register here.

MWCN is holding its first ever Business Boot Camp, an intensive, all-day training event with some of the most experienced business leaders and thought leaders in Utah. (I’ve been invited to provide an intensive 30 minute session on equity crowdfunding to kick off the day. The event will be held Thursday, March 27, 2024. Register here.

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