149: Eric Collins – Thinking bigger: you don’t need permission


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“Black economic empowerment relies on thinking bigger than you may have ever imagined before. Much bigger.”

These are the words of Michael’s guest today, Eric Collins, and are contained in his new book, We Don't Need Permission. It's a clarion call to change the world for good, and it's far more than the words of an author; because this is the story of an economic activist.

Eric’s career highlights include successfully building the value of companies including AOL, Time Warner and SwiftKey; working on President Obama’s Small Business Administration Council for underserved communities; as well as being named by Powerlist as one of the most influential black people in Britain and by the Financial Times in the UK’s Top 100 BAME leaders.

Now CEO of the London based venture firm Impact X, Eric has built a business with a double bottom line mission to advance progress and social mobility for underrepresented founders, and to generate returns for investors by funding the undiscovered and creating the extraordinary.

If you're looking for the story of business as a force for good, this is it. Listen now.

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