20: How to Create a Non-Profit

What do you do when you’re bored? Adam Sheikh decided to start a non-profit. Adam heard that construction workers in the Middle East were facing serious health issues working in extreme heat, but he didn’t know what to do about it, until he saw Adam Savage in an alien costume at 2am on YouTube. That’s how Aegis was born.

Engineering A Startup #20: How to Create a Non-Profit

What do you do when you’re bored? Adam Sheikh decided to start a non-profit. Adam heard that construction workers in the Middle East were facing serious health issues working in extreme heat, but he didn’t know what to do about it, until he saw Adam Savage in an alien costume at 2am on YouTube. That’s how Aegis was born.
Engineering A Startup #20: How to Create a Non-Profit

Aegis is a non-profit that provides cooling vests to construction workers in the Middle East, who often work in environments in excess of 50 degrees Celsius. What makes the story of Adam and Aegis incredible is that he did not start with any resources or a master plan. He simply knew what he wanted to get done, and everytime he was presented with an obstacle, he found a way to jump over it.

Adam shares all kinds of great insights into building a startup. In particular he describes how to create a self sustainable social enterprise that does not live off of donor funding. He also has a great explanation for why people are the biggest killers of their own ideas, and how to overcome the analysis paralysis.

You can learn more about Adam and Aegis here.

Aegis is a non-profit that provides cooling vests to construction workers in the Middle East, who often work in environments in excess of 50 degrees Celsius. What makes the story of Adam and Aegis incredible is that he did not start with any resources or a master plan. He simply knew what he wanted to get done, and everytime he was presented with an obstacle, he found a way to jump over it.

Adam shares all kinds of great insights into building a startup. In particular he describes how to create a self sustainable social enterprise that does not live off of donor funding. He also has a great explanation for why people are the biggest killers of their own ideas, and how to overcome the analysis paralysis.

You can learn more about Adam and Aegis here.

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