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Thomas D'Eri's answer to StartingBloc Fellowship Application Essay 2

Thomas D'Eri's answer to StartingBloc Fellowship Application Essay 2

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