Are Good Deeds Good Business?
By: Jonathan Levi, special to Overdrive
In October 2011, I attended the first ever EO Alchemy as President of the Silicon Valley Chapter. Having just sold my business and completed business school applications, I was completely open and ready to consider new directions and purposes for my next venture.
As I wrote about on my own blog, the experience was deeply transformative for me. By far, my biggest takeaway was a consistent thread, present in the words of everyone from Magic Johnson to John Paul Dejorie. “Doing good is good business. Really good business.” The stories I heard were impressive tales of success and philanthropy, of doing the right thing and creating tremendous value in the process. The second biggest takeaway fit perfectly with this, and came from Biz Stone of Twitter: “Don’t wait till you’ve made it to give back.”