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Successful Nonprofits Podcast

Jun 18, 2019

Dolph talks with Evan Marwell, successful serial entrepreneur, about his move into the nonprofit world with the creation of EducationSuperHighway. Evan compares and contrasts his experiences starting for-profit companies with the startup of a nonprofit organization.


*****Timestamped Highlights*****

(2:20) The wifi problem that launched EducationSuperHighway

(4:30) F.E. #1 – Learning from Bold Endeavors by Felix Rohatyn

(6:00) F.E. #2 – Expanding a school’s bandwidth for technology

(7:45) F.E. #3 – Bringing the tech issue center stage (White House)

(9:35) America’s CTO lets Evan in on a government secret (shhh!)

(12:23) How Evan ran his nonprofit like a startup

(18:42) A project-oriented team is KEY!

(20:56) Gauging commitment to allocate tasks

(22:24) Working with a sense of urgency

(23:25) You MUST recruit the people that are invested in your mission

(25:39) A Big Bold & Finite Goal: Go out of business by 2020

(28:25) Preaching “planned obsolescence” to avoid mission creep

(35:15) Evan’s entrepreneurial advice

(38:49) “It’s better to be lucky than smart”



Bold Endeavors:

2019: State of the State Report:

Be in the know about bandwidth: