Tom Szaky is one of the top eco-friendly entrepreneurs of the planet. Tom is the founder of Terracycle, a company which makes consumer products out of waste.
His company collected over 1.5 million cigarette butts in a year and 500 million juice pouches. They make goods out of garbage from backpacks to fence posts and much more.
What will you learn in this interview?
- What are the challenges faced by Terracycle?
- How do they promote their company to the world?
- What were some of the big challenges and roadblocks they encountered?
- How was Innovation built on a mountain of failure?
- What were the big turning points of the business?
- What is his next big project?
- How does the system of garbage collection and recycling work?
- Who were Tom’s influences and mentors?
- What was the lowest point in the business and how did he manage it?
- What should people do to make an impact to the environment?
Tom biked across Canada at 16.
Business Mentors, Tools, Books mentioned:
- Outsmart Waste
- Revolution in a Bottle
- Garbage is Great
- Harper Collins
- Ben and Jerry’s
- Gary Hirshberg
- Seth Goldman
- Kevin O’Leary
Tom Szaky is the CEO and founder of TerraCycle, a company that makes consumer products from waste.
At age four, Szaky left his home in Hungary after the Chernobyl disaster. In 1987, Szaky immigrated to Canada, where he grew up in Toronto. Szaky attended high school at Upper Canada College. He attended college at Princeton University, majoring psychology and economics. He dropped out during his sophomore year to focus on TerraCycle.
In 2006, Tom was named the #1 CEO under thirty” by Inc. magazine in July 2006 for his work in TerraCycle.
Check out TerraCycle website: http://www.terracycle.com/
Sponsor for this episode
At Rise25, we’re committed to helping you connect with your Dream 100 referral partners, clients, and strategic partners through our done-for-you podcast solution.
We’re a professional podcast production agency that makes creating a podcast effortless. Since 2009, our proven system has helped thousands of B2B businesses build strong relationships with referral partners, clients, and audiences without doing the hard work.
When you use our proven system, all you need is an idea and a voice. We handle the strategy, production, and distribution – you just need to show up and talk.
The Rise25 podcasting solution is designed to help you build a profitable podcast. This requires a specific strategy, and we’ve got that down pat. We focus on making sure you have a direct path to ROI, which is the most important component. Plus, our podcast production company takes any heavy lifting of production and distribution off your plate.
We make distribution easy.
We’ll distribute each episode across more than 11 unique channels, including iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. We’ll also create copy for each episode and promote your show across social media.
Cofounders Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran credit podcasting as being the best thing they have ever done for their businesses. Podcasting connected them with the founders/CEOs of P90x, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, Rx Bars, YPO, EO, Lending Tree, Freshdesk, and many more.
The relationships you form through podcasting run deep. Jeremy and John became business partners through podcasting. They have even gone on family vacations and attended weddings of guests who have been on the podcast.
Podcast production has a lot of moving parts and is a big commitment on our end; we only want to work with people who are committed to their business and to cultivating amazing relationships.
Rise25 Cofounders, Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran, have been podcasting and advising about podcasting since 2008.