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David Wilcox is the founder of ReachScale, an organization that aligns the social advocacy goals of corporations with high potential social entrepreneurs working in areas of common interest. ReachScale is a response to the number of exciting and visionary social entrepreneurs with scalable impact models that lack an organic path to funding and growth. By coupling the talent, leadership and financial resources of corporations with the innovative, high impact potential of a social enterprise, the underutilized resources and networks of both ecosystems are catalyzed.
Wilcox has brought idea-driven and creative advocacy to his work with start ups, Fortune 50s and non profits. He has been a CEO, CMO and head of business development for a number of firms including technology start ups, consulting, think tanks and digital content companies. With a hybrid background in business and social enterprise, his current social entrepreneur partners include leaders in global affordable housing and international education initiatives.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Wilcox has traveled extensively and speaks fluent Spanish. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a family who reminds him frequently that he doesn’t know the latest slang, in English or in Spanish, and that he should wear a helmet when he rides his bike.
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A Favorite Quote of My Own:
“We simply must adopt the best examples and never underestimate what talented entrepreneurs can do, no matter where we find them.”
A Favorite Quote From Another:
No one has done more to call on leaders to expand their vision of “Progress Out of Poverty” than Yunus. “Whenever I found a problem, I started a business to solve it,” he has said repeatedly. When Yunus encourages the sons and daughters of these entrepreneurs to invent their own jobs, he uses the example of their heritage as expressed in the simple statement: “Of course you can do it. Your mother owns a bank.”
Most Impactful Business Book I Have Read and Why:
Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff
It pointed out why the intellectual approach to persuasion seldom works! And what to do instead.
Most Impactful Non-fiction Book I Have Read:
The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb