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Generosity Path's Entrepreneur Profile: Surya Gunadi

Generosity Path's Entrepreneur Profile: Surya Gunadi

We are excited to share with you some of the great Entrepreneur Profiles from around the world compiled by our friends at Generosity Path. Below, we meet a Christian who is on the generosity path and ask them what God has taught them about giving.

This week, meet Surya Gunadi from Indonesia.

A Chaplain Going Way Above the Usual Call of Duty

A Chaplain Going Way Above the Usual Call of Duty

At Faith Driven Entrepreneur, we encourage businesses to consider having a chaplain on staff. This video about a chaplain’s love for people is overwhelming! He goes above and beyond the call of Chaplaincy to save a life! Take a look!

Friends Don't Let Friends Sell Businesses

Friends Don't Let Friends Sell Businesses

“We are heading into the season where many business sales are going to wrap up and close before year-end.  Typically, there are lots of good reasons to close a deal before year-end.” But there’s much more to it.

In this post, Bill High reminds leaders of the pros and cons of a business sale. He highlights a great opportunity during this process “If an owner donates some of his or her ownership interest prior to the sale, they can deduct the fair market value of the shares donated. Taxes go down. Giving goes up.” The key is in planning ahead!

Podcast Episode 27 - Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

Podcast Episode 27 - Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

Jason Johnson, serial entrepreneur and founder of August Smart Homes, talks to Rusty and William about when the entrepreneurial itch first hit him while working at a large tech company. From humble beginnings, Jason explains how receiving a scholarship to Pepperdine University introduced him to the responsibility of calling and that entrepreneurship was a natural expression of that calling.

Africa's Calling

Africa's Calling

Huge opportunity for impact… How can faith driven entrepreneurs can get involved in supporting entrepreneurship in Africa.

Karibu Nyaggah

When I was a child, I emigrated to the US from Africa with my family and never looked back. When I finally did go back in college, a deep desire was planted, growing stronger with each subsequent trip, to use my position of privilege and the skills I had gained to make an impact on the continent. On one such trip to my native homeland of Kenya, I met Courtney Rountree, one of my co-founders at Sinapis, and we began discussing the pressing problems we were seeing in front of us and how we could leverage the power of business to create positive economic and social impact. Although we did not know it at the time, Africa was truly on the cusp.

Indeed, its coming ascendance is well researched. In June 2010, McKinsey released a seminal report on Africa that projected by 2020, Africa’s GDP would reach $2.6 trillion, up $1 trillion from 2008. With increasing urbanization, Africa’s labor force is projected to reach 1.1 billion by 2040, overtaking China and India. By 2020…

Podcast Episode 21 - Part 2: Interview with Vic Ho (Co-founder and CEO of Fivestars)

Podcast Episode 21 - Part 2: Interview with Vic Ho (Co-founder and CEO of Fivestars)

In part two with Vic Ho of Fivestars, Vic expands his thinking with regards to how faith and work come together in his life.

We discuss Vic's observance of the Sabbath and how it transformed his personal and professional life.  How he changed from a constant worrier to a man of peace that knows God has Fivestars' destiny in His hands - the successes and the failures. 

Podcast Episode 20 - Part 1: Interview with Vic Ho (Co-founder and CEO of Fivestars)

Podcast Episode 20 - Part 1: Interview with Vic Ho (Co-founder and CEO of Fivestars)

This week we are honored to sit down with the man, the myth, the legend, Vic Ho, Co-founder and CEO of Fivestars.  Vic is a long-time friend of both Henry and William, so it's true joy to have him on the program.

What's the lifeblood of a business?  We would argue that customers are on the top of this list.  Well, that's what Vic focuses on day in and day out.  Customer acquisition and customer retention.  

Created to Flourish Forward

Created to Flourish Forward

fter the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine faced a debilitating economic crisis, leaving many without enough food to eat or clothes to wear. Along with others in my church, I felt compelled to respond. There were people who were hungry, who needed shelter, who didn’t have the hope of Jesus Christ. As we read in Isaiah 58:7, God has a specific idea about how we should translate our faith into action:

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Isaiah 58:7

We couldn’t turn away.

What Does Big Data Tell Us About the Land of Opportunity?

What Does Big Data Tell Us About the Land of Opportunity?

Big data has revealed a shocking finding regarding the American dream: you have a better chance of achieving it if you don’t live in America. We Americans generally think of our country as the land of opportunity, that no matter where you’ve come from, you can improve your station in life through hard work.  But research by Raj Chetty at Stanford University reveals that for large swaths of people, they’d have a better chance of reaching the American Dream if they grew up in Canada. Or Great Britain. Or Denmark. In other words, America is no longer the leading candidate for the title, “The Land of Opportunity.”

A Redemptive Story of an Automotive Entrepreneur

We started off our week earlier this month with a short video that we found to be a great encouragement.  We love a great, feel good story to kick off a week.

There is much to like here: a church coming around an entrepreneur, and the virtuous continuation of continuing the path of forgiveness and redemption with the hiring others of others in need of a second chance.

Podcast Episode 9 - Employee Benefits....a Podcast

Podcast Episode 9 - Employee Benefits....a Podcast

In a competitive marketplace, a company’s benefits package is an announcement of its values and mission.  We don’t really have look any further than the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do to you.  In scripture we are told “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 12:31) Jesus here compared loving one’s neighbor as loving the “self.”  Clearly, God knows that we love ourselves. The charge here is to love others with that same love.  

Hope International - A US Entrepreneur making a huge Global Impact for the Kingdom

I will never forget the time when I first came to know about Hope International.  God had started to bless Bandwidth with more success, and I knew that I wanted to get more serious about giving.  I became fascinated with the concept of microfinance.  God had placed a passion in me for marketplace transformation and I knew that entrepreneurship could create great opportunity for poverty alleviation in the US, but especially overseas.   Mohammed Yunus' Book, "Banker to the Poor" had just come out and I couldn't get enough.  I read everything I could find on MFI and eventually came across a podcast from Kiva that shared the stories of their member partners and what they did with MFI and where they did it. 

How 4 minutes and 23 seconds can get your week off to the right start

I love this guy.  I love the father-son dynamic.  I love how multiple generations get together and pray to seek out God's wisdom.  I don't think that this business model (having all profits) go to support ministry is the answer for everybody for a myriad of reasons, but I just really like Simon and think you will too.  

Podcast Episode 5 - Spirituality of Fundraising

Podcast Episode 5 - Spirituality of Fundraising

Fundraising.  It’s something that we as entrepreneurs all have to tackle at some point.  In this week’s FDE podcast episode, we examine the different issues that are associated with fundraising. You'll hear Henry note at the outset that this particular episode is a bit more weighted for the social entrepreneur or ministry entrepreneur....but I hope you'll agree that the mindset on fundraising is very relevant for entrepreneurs of all types.