Today at the Food For Thought Conference, one of our presenters was Jessica Jackley Flannery, Co-Founder of Kiva. Energizing. Passionate. Truly engaging. Her story, similar to Ben & Jerry's is one of circuitous, accidental success discovered by following your heart more than a business plan. (She does hold an MBA from Stanford, I should mention).
But the story of how trying stuff, seeing if it works and then evolving. She used the work 'iterate' as a key practice that got them going and where they are today. Very cool.
Then I had lunch with her and heard more of what motivates her to visit 9 countries in 2 months and to have an itinerary that includes the West Coast yesterday, East Coast today, Canada tomorrow, and South America next week. Her compassion for fellow humanity is infectious. Her drive to help is wonderful.
Another good meal.