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Thomas d'eri starting bloc essay 2

  1. 1. How will you bring your experience and knowledge to enrich the StartingBloc network?<br />By Thomas D’Eri<br />
  2. 2. A versatile skill set and global prospective <br />Experience as both an intrapreneur and an entrepreneur <br />Excellent understanding of how to integrate sustainability into a business’s strategy<br />Global prospective shaped through international experiences in 21 countries<br />
  3. 3. How I’ve built my skills and prospective<br />Brought up by a successful entrepreneur<br />My father has built several successful businesses<br />Top flight business education<br />Graduated summa cum laude in Economic/Finance with a concentration in Global Sustainability from Bentley University<br />Deep passion for sustainable and social business<br />Completed 15 engagements with organizations in fields from ecotourism to sustainability consulting to distribution<br />Unquenchable thirst for knowledge<br />Read over 70 books on sustainable business, general business strategy, social entrepreneurship and psychology<br />
  4. 4. <ul><li>Principles of Accounting
  5. 5. Principles of Marketing
  6. 6. Strategic Management</li></ul>General Business Courses<br />Knowledge and Skills Gained<br />Finance Courses<br />Economics Courses<br />Knowledge from Bentley Education<br /><ul><li>Microfinance
  7. 7. Venture Capital
  8. 8. Stock Valuation
  9. 9. Principles of Finance
  10. 10. Ability to work in teams
  11. 11. How to write a business plan
  12. 12. How to pitch a business
  13. 13. How markets can be used to solve social and environmental issues
  14. 14. How business impacts the environment
  15. 15. Financial analysis, projection and evaluation
  16. 16. How economic systems work
  17. 17. Environmental Chemistry
  18. 18. Science of Sustainability
  19. 19. Environmental History
  20. 20. Alternative Energy
  21. 21. Principles and Intermediate Micro & Macro Economics
  22. 22. Environmental Economics
  23. 23. International Development
  24. 24. Monetary Economics</li></ul>Sustainability Courses<br />
  25. 25. Started off as an Intrapreneur<br />
  26. 26. Leveraged Intrapreneurial experience to become an entrepreneur<br />In the Fall of 2010 I travelled to Indonesia to help build a start up nonprofit: The RACI Project<br />
  27. 27. More experience as an entrepreneur<br />I built a sustainability consultancy, GreenWave Planning, which supported me financial through my senior year of college and this past summer<br />GreenWave Planning provided high quality research, writing, project management and strategic guidance to its clients<br />
  28. 28. A Global Prospective<br />I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel frequently in my life and have visited 21 countries in both the developed and developing world<br />These experiences have shaped my world view in a way that allows me to understand how cultural differences influence people’s behavior thus giving me the ability to better communicate with and tolerate people who have dissimilar ideologies<br />My travels have also shown me how powerful cultural diversity can be as a tool for innovation<br />
  29. 29. I love to help other social innovators<br />Unlike many entrepreneurs I do not need to have ownership over an idea in order to be enthusiastic about it<br />This allows me to bring my full self to the table when collaborating with other social innovators<br />I also am very enthusiastic about sharing my network and often find great synergies between what my contacts are doing and the ideas that I learn about in conversations with new people<br />
  30. 30. Thank You for Reading!<br />I believe my prospective as an entrepreneur and intrepreneur, coupled with my knowledge of sustainable business and world view shaped from extensive travel would make me a valued member of the StartingBloc Network <br />