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April 7, 2010

Interview Tidbit: Rebecca Kousky of Nest

On this exciting book journey we have the pleasure of interviewing nearly 100 women who are running interesting, inspiring, and innovative companies. While we of course will be including lots of details in the book and discussing the interviews over the next year, in the meantime we wanted to share a few tidbits from each amazing interview!

We have long been fans of
Nest, and it was great to have the chance to talk more with founder Rebecca Kousky, learn about the behind-the-scenes story, and hear where the company is going!

Here we just a couple things that stood out.

Amy – I was impressed with Rebecca’s ability to recognize how diversity in her work day and variety in the type of work she is involved with is critical for her as an entrepreneur. She identified that early on and then built a business around that need.

Adelaide – I was really taken with her story of how she created a new model of micro-lending. Rebecca applied the lens and principles of direct service social work (looking at things from the perspective of the individual) to world poverty, and innovated the micro-lending model to make it less oppressive for the women she helps. Her model has also continued to grow. She began with just one aspect (lending) and has continued to incorporate more and more systemic solutions (training for the women artisans).

Thank you, Rebecca!

- Adelaide & Amy

1 comment:

Tammy Brackett said...

Reading about Nest just made my day! With a frazzled morning behind me and a packed afternoon fast approaching, lunch was a protein bar and fitness drink in front of the computer to read In Good Company. What a blessing Nest is to so many women. What a wonderful way to spend my lunch break! Thank you Amy and Adelaide!