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Social Startup Success

How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference
Narrated by: Kathleen Kelly Janus
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Kathleen Kelly Janus, a lecturer at the Stanford University Program on Social Entrepreneurship and the founder of the successful social enterprise Spark, set out to investigate what makes a startup succeed or fail. She surveyed more than 200 high-performing social entrepreneurs and interviewed dozens of founders. Social Startup Success shares her findings for the legions of entrepreneurs working for social good, revealing how the best organizations get over the revenue hump. How do social ventures scale to over $2 million, Janus' clear benchmark for a social enterprise's sustainability? Janus, tapping in to strong connections to the Silicon Valley world where many of these ventures are started or and/or funded, reveals insights from key figures such as DonorsChoose founder Charles Best, charity:water's Scott Harrison, Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, and many others. Social Startup Success will be social entrepreneurship's essential playbook - the first definitive guide to solving the problem of scale.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Kathleen Kelly Janus (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Packed with Relevant and Reliable Information

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Especially impressed with the real-life examples of how social entrepreneurs conceive, operate and sustain their enterprises. The author also offered tools that I will use to build my nonprofit’s capacity to serve. Great knowing that nonprofits can use earned income to serve the public good.

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loved it!

Very informative, loved the author. Demonstrates clear knowledge about the industry and the book was entertaining.

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Tools that are needed.

I heard the author speaking at an event and knew I needed to read and listen to it.

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Helpful but a bit boring at times

I found it best just to listen to a half hour a day or I’d zone out. But when engaged I found she has great perspective and helpful tips. Ultimately worth the listen. This may have been best in print form for easy reference.

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  • Andy
  • Westport, CT, United States
  • 02-16-18

wisdom from the very best

This book should be required reading for any social enterprise startup team or social enterprise investor. Kathleen Kelly Janus does a great job distilling many of the key success factors that drive social startup success. Importantly, she also lays out a wide range of speedbumps to avoid. My favorite: "Hire slow, fire fast." Additionally, her discussion of "outputs vs. outcomes" offers a wealth of info about how to effectively demonstrate how you are delivering against what you are promising.

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A step-by-step guide

Loved it, she really provides a step-by-step guide to creating a great and sustainable nonprofit!

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Great for already established non profits.

This book will definitely give you some direction on where to take your non profit and increase your exposure. If you’re looking to get a company started or are working from scratch, this may not be the best book. I wish it had more details about the HOW to do some of these things.

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  • Rene
  • Kennebunk ME
  • 12-25-18

I DO NOT RECOMMENDED AS YOUR FIRST BOOK ON NONPR..

I DO NOT RECOMMENDED AS YOUR FIRST BOOK ABOUT NONPROFIT.

The stories are not well organized or focused and the information is sometimes contradictory. It feels like not enough time was spent in trying to compress the book into what is really important to share, so the author included too many stories, and some suggesting approaches that don't agree with the approaches of the others, thence sending mixed signals. It feels quite a bit draggy.

However, if you do have the time and patience to listen through the stories and if you have a good judgement of what is worth keeping, you will be able to get some good overall points that are worth applying into your Nonprofit.

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  • JT
  • 11-18-18

could not engage me.The reader is not profissional

could not engage me.The reader is not professional. should have hired a professional reader who knows where to put intonation etc - quality suffered a lot