Hampton Creek: Just Food

blog.20160106_175803One of the companies we visited was Hampton Creek, a food technology firm that focuses on creating healthier, affordable and more sustainable food. We had the unique opportunity to speak to Josh Tetrick, the CEO and founder of Hampton Creek, who shared his vision of the company and future with us.

During our session, Josh encouraged us to find a problem and pursue it. He spoke of how frustrated he felt with the food industry: how delicious and affordable food often times were bad in terms of carbon, food safety and obesity and expensive and unpalatable food were healthier, safer and efficient. Because of this, Josh decided to revolutionize the food industry and create new recipes for food that would better as a whole.

As CEO and founder of Hampton Creek, Josh made some missteps along the way. He offered tips such as allowing people to get frustrated in the workplace (which can lead to better products through different perspectives and ideas), firing the wrong people as quickly as possible (allowing them to stay would do a disservice to yourselves and them), trying to emulate other firms or other people and finally, listening to too much advice.

Josh spoke of a common issue for students of today- the pressure to find a stable, well-paying job and to not take risks or do social impact work (that would leave one penniless). He, too, faced the same dilemma after graduating, but ultimately proved that social entrepreneurship could be extremely profitable and a desirable industry in itself. There are not many opportunities for social impact through business and Josh quickly learned that people want to work with purpose and value, and will often choose that over a salary raise.

Our talk with Josh made me excited about social entrepreneurship and its increasing popularity. Our generation is known for being socially-conscious and many of us want to work with a purpose greater than ourselves. Hampton Creek is an organization which embodies the desire to leave the world a better place than when we left it, without sacrificing financial success.