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Richard Brubaker
Sustainability. Leadership. Innovation.
Sustainability. Leadership. Innovation.

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As an entrepreneur, I know that one of the greatest obstacles to be faced is one’s own fear.

There are million reasons why one should do something, and in the minds of an entrepreneur, there are often another million for why one can’t.

For some, this fear is a figment of their imagination, while for others it is a keen awareness of the challenge itself. It comes from the guts, buries itself deep into the deepest recesses of the brain, and for some it is paralyzing. To truly overcome it, there are no shortcuts.

A step needs to be taken. A team needs to be built. A “minimal viable product” needs to be launched.

It is a process that I am at constant battle with, be it launching something new or working to improve one of the platforms or projects that are already out there, because as “the entrepreneur”, I often feel like every element needs to be perfect. Something that is perhaps less so with existing platforms, but when it comes to taking a new step, it really doesn’t get any easier.

For fear to be overtaken, a full step has to be taken.

With that in mind, I am happy to announce that with the launch of this post (and the video above it) a new project is ready. It is a project that isn’t exactly new, as it is something I have been playing with and trying to get it "just right", but I realized that what I was doing was stalling.

It wasn't that the clips weren't ready. I wasn't.

So here it is, #Entrepreneurs4Good, a series of videos about entrepreneurs whose mission it is to solve the challenges faced and are gracious enough to share their stories about their work.

One of which was Brian Tam, who actually challenged me on whether or not I would finish (or release) anything DURING the interview.

It is a project that for me has been really inspiring, and I honestly hope that you will be as inspired by these individuals as I have been. Inspired by their vision, their action, or just their raw courage to overcome their fears to take their first steps towards building organizations whose mission is to solve the challenges we face.

They are great people who are doing their best to do great things, and I hope that these clips do them justice!

A couple of requests.
1) If you are inspired by a particular story, or feel that others could be, please share with those who feel will be affected or interested by the clip!
2) If you know someone whose story you think could inspire others, please introduce me to them. My initial plan is to cover the APAC region, but as my travels take me to other parts of the world, I will be taking time out to meet people and you introductions would be extremely valuable.

With that, I hope that you will enjoy (or already have enjoyed) the clip!

Hope all is well and have a great week!

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With 300 million more people set to enter China’s cities by 2030, and 700+ million in Asia, the challenges of managing the growing levels of consumer electronic waste will be a key challenge that cities around the region struggle with.

It is a challenge we outline in this post, where we speak to the recent trends and scalability of the problem, the associated environmental and social externalities, and areas we feel there is opportunity and for innovative design, investment, and collaboration.

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Here is a recent piece I wrote for Forbes on the opportunities for entrepreneurs to take the lead in solving the challenges we face with environmental, social, and economic issues.  I used food as the focus, but if you look at the role entrepreneurs are playing in finance (bitcoin), healthcare, education, and solving the various social stresses we face, I get quite excited.

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Here is an awesome graphic put together by the team showing the development of subway systems in China.

When I arrived in 2002, there were only 3-4 cities had any metro at all, and only on a very limited basis. Beijing and Shanghai - only 2 lines each.

The pace by which China moves is amazing.

#publictransportation   #urbanplanning #transportation #infrastructure #sustainability  

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400,000+ Chinese students left #china   in 2014 to attend college. 3x the number of 2008 #education #studyabroad  

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Over the next 10-15 years, China will urbanize more than 300 million rural residents, and as this infographic shows, China's central provinces are seeing the movements first.  Thanks in large part to factories moving from the east coast to central and western provinces.

Long term, this is a good trend for China. Labor will localize, families will stay together, and domestic consumption will be unlocked.

#economics #China #demographics  
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