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How Yoobi Scales Social Enterprise

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Millions of kids in the United States do not have fundamental school supplies to learn and be successful. This affects not only their school work — it affects their confidence. So teachers step in and spend their own money to make sure students can learn. On average, teachers spend $560 out of their own pockets to support their students each year.

In this episode of Cause Talk Radio Megan talks to Ido Leffler, Founder of Yoobi, a social enterprise company that makes beautiful school supplies sold in retailers like Target, Walmart and Costco and also gives back. For every Yoobi item purchased, the company donates a school supply item to a child in need in the U.S. in partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation.

Ido and Megan chat about their incredible success as a social enterprise in a competitive and constantly changing retail environment, how they’ve successfully scaled the company, why design is so critical and how they measure impact.

Links & Notes

  • 00:00 – Welcome to Cause Talk Radio
  • 00:47 – Yoobi
  • 01:54 – The Yoobi Story
  • 03:21 – The Kids in Need Foundation
  • 05:17 – The Social Enterprise Unicorn?
  • 07:06 – Employee Engagement
  • 08:24 – Leading with Design
  • 10:21 – Staying fresh
  • 11:46 – Support the Show • Audible.com
  • 12:48 – The Teachable Moment
  • 14:07 – Vans Custom Culture
  • 18:21 – Advice for social impact
  • 20:17 – Measuring Impact
  • 22:53 – 2020
  • 24:07 – Learn more

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