Sunday, February 22, 2009

To be or not to be… for-profit

Many people have asked us whether Viv is for-profit or not-for-profit, even offering reasons for both sides.  Dinesh and I discussed the question during Viv’s earliest stages (before we had even come up with the name “Viv”… yes, it was eons ago).
We decided to make Viv for-profit because we wanted to make absolutely sure that the organization could sustain itself.  Even before the economy came tumbling down in ’08, we knew that we did not want to rely on donations and grants to keep our bank account in the black forever.  It is probably tiring asking for money all the time.  We knew the best way to take care of Viv was to make sure it could take care of itself… and thus fund itself.
We are building Viv for long-term success.  No doubt that we want businesses partnered with us to have the same success.   In doing so, we hope to lead by example and have our company support environmental sustainability not only in our mission & product but also in our daily operations & activities.  Itty bitty steps, big results.
To lead by example is one reason we even experiment on our own company with ideas for green project.  Glad that I have not overflowed the toilet trying out different homemade toilet dams.  A piece of advice I sometimes ignore: “Don’t try this at home, kids”.