Helping the poor get rich by Moe Abdou


in 2010, I had the great privilege of participating in the Clinton Global Initiative.  For three days, I was awestruck by the ingenuity of passionate young individuals from developing countries who were using imagination, not money, to solve some of the world's most pressing problems ranging from education to healthcare.  I left New York that week with an inspired sense of purpose to help those individuals accelerate their efforts.  Little did I know that I'd be on the forefront of one of the biggest economic opportunities of the 21st century - Vijay Govindarajan calls it Reverse Innovation. Its premise is simple, innovate in poor countries and let that level of thinking guide your efforts at home.  Here's why you can't ignore this philosophy....



Further Reading
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  • Michael Serbinis: What I've Learned — Visionary Entrepreneur, investor and CEO and Founder of the new healthcare startup, LEAGUE, Michael Serbinis shares what he learned building three disruptive startups, selling two of them and working with Kimbal and Elon Musk.
  • Seedling Relies on Childhood Curiosity to Inspire a Creative Team — On a recent flight home, I spent over an hour browsing a children’s play website, completely enamored by sets like Design Your Own Superhero Cape and Invent Your Own Insects. After sharing Seedling with everyone I know, despite few of my friends having children, I wondered why the brand struck a such a meaningful chord with me.


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