Start Something That Matters Paperback – May 15 2012
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“A creative and open-hearted business model for our times.”—The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
In 2006, Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS Shoes with a simple business model: “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.” In 2011, TOMS launched its second One for One product, TOMS Eyewear, which with every pair purchased helps give sight to a person in need by providing medical treatment, prescription glasses, or sight-saving surgery. Mycoskie will be using 50 percent of his proceeds from this book to create the Start Something That Matters Fund, which will support inspired readers in their efforts to make a positive impact on the world.
When Blake isn’t working at TOMS, he spends his time reading, writing, fly-fishing, and participating in just about every board sport.
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Top Customer Reviews
I don’t own a pair of Toms, but I feel alright giving them as gifts.
Blake’s story is good, his business unique. I found the narration alright and it was entertaining enough. You probably won’t find any groundbreaking ideas here nor any cool business strategies, but you may just be inspired enough to ‘start something that matters’ yourself.
I like the idea that Toms makes money and helps out in a holistic way. When a business can create something that delivers to customers, benefits manufacturers and rewards its owner/investors, that’s a terrific thing. Often corporate images seem to be polarized between being greedy or insolvent (unsustainable); profit isn’t a bad word, corporate responsibility is a good thing.
While there are other models to grow a profitable and sharing business, Blake tells us his story and his ‘why’. I think like a Robert Kiyosaki book may give you an idea, or an inspiration, Blake’s book will do the same.
Entertaining look at Blake and the Toms brand.
Challenges the reader to start his own ‘something that matters’.
Good look into business/philanthropy blends
Feels a little long (audio version just shy of 5 hrs)
Not much meat for someone looking for business tips/strategies
Buy this books if you are interested in Toms, just starting your business/entrepreneurial career, giving back, want to be inspired, help out or feel good. Don’t buy this book if you are looking for a ‘How to’ business manual.
I just finished reading Blake's' book Start Something that Matters, and I was so engrossed in the content, I could not put it down. From cover to cover, this book is full of inspiration, business building strategies and examples of how one idea can change a life!
From a corporate perspective I thoroughly appreciated Blake's description on the qualities that are essential in a team and leadership: trust, autonomy, engagement, creating champions and partnerships, and the foundation of corporate giving (in more ways than just money).
From the community service perspective, I valued Blake's examples of the many ways in which an idea can help millions, and how giving creates a cycle of reciprocity. Blake stressed the importance of having a story and sharing your story, this is critical for any project, and business. His tips on creating, sharing and living your story will make a difference in how I approach my next big project.
This book provides a new way of thinking about business, how we give back and create legacies.
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A book that will definitely make a difference in our world!
Author, On Toby's Terms
Most recent customer reviews
Blake has started a new movement. I'm honoured to be in business that includes Social entrepreneurship.Published 11 months ago by PatC
This book inspired me to do something that would impact people around me, it does not need to be a big project, even small things matter.Published 13 months ago by PaolaG
Has great practical business advice while having the "feel good factor" of being able to profit while fulfilling philanthropic goals.Published on May 3 2013 by Angela Saxena
Great feel-good book about folks who are not just talking about giving back but are actually going out and doing it!Published on July 13 2012 by Goffredo Consulting
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