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Social entrepreneur and environmentalist, Kimbal Musk has one of the most diverse resumes in business. The multi-millionaire collaborated with his brother Elon on their successful early ventures, Zip2 and PayPal; sits on the boards of Tesla Motors, Space X, and Chipotle; and is one of the most prominent drivers of the Real Food Revolution.
After a decade as a highly successful tech entrepreneur, Musk followed his passion for food to culinary school in New York City. When the 9/11 attacks occurred, he volunteered six weeks to cook for the firefighters. The sense of community he was able to create with food inspired him to open The Kitchen, a restaurant that serves locally grown organic food.
His early days in the restaurant industry opened his eyes to a crisis that most people were oblivious to: the modern American diet and heavily chemical-dependent food industry were harming our health, our communities, and our environment. Furthermore, most Americans, especially those in poverty, did not have access to nourishing natural food. The Kitchen turned out to be just the beginning of Musk’s plan to grow a network of business, educational, and agricultural ventures big enough to return the nation to a diet packed with healthy, local food from chemical-free farms.
Since 2011, Musk has opened nearly 50 Next Door Eateries, farm-to-table-restaurants with fresh meals at affordable prices, throughout the country. His urban farming venture, Square Roots, in Brooklyn New York attracted 500 applications from Millennial urban farmers vying for 15 open positions.
His nonprofit The Kitchen Community has established hundreds of Learning Gardens in schools and formally trained their teachers to incorporate them into weekly lessons.
Currently, Musk and his restaurants work with 100 different farmers and feed 1 million people annually. He aims to expand that number to 5 million by 2020.
Kimbal is on the board for Tesla Motors, SpaceX, The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and Chipotle Mexican Grill. His personal mission is to get communities rapidly thriving by improving every part of the food culture. Kimbal is a co-founder of The Kitchen, a growing family of restaurants that sources directly from local farmers, stimulating the local farm economy to the tune of millions of dollars a year, and creating quality jobs.
In 2011, Kimbal co-founded The Kitchen Community, a complementary non-profit organization. The Kitchen Community has already built 200 Learning Gardens reaching over 120,000 students every school day, improving their vegetable intake and academic achievements.
Entrepreneur, Kimbal Musk discusses the "real food" shortage in the U.S., the dire consequences it provokes, and the work he's been doing to scale non-industrial agriculture so everyone can have access to higher quality food. Inspired by the sense of community that sharing a cooked meal creates, Musk opened his first restaurant, The Kitchen, in Colorado, only to discover the difficulty of finding parties that could supply him with safe quality food.
"Industrial food is designed to be shipped thousands of miles. Industrial food is designed to be frozen. It's high calorie, low nutrient food," Musk explains, noting that this is the only kind of food that most Americans, especially the poor, know - a reality that has resulted in rampant chronic health conditions, including diabetes and obesity.
He contrasts the industrial food chain with the local farmers he did eventually find to supply his restaurant and the trust that is the base of their relationship: Musk's customers trust he will provide them delicious nourishing food, Musk trusts his farmers to provide him with food that's good for his customers and the environment, and the farmers trust that Musk will buy their products so that they can maintain their family and farm.
While his restaurant is on its way to feeding 5 million people per year, Musk aspires to have a wider impact - a nationwide real food revolution. "But we can't do it alone," he says. "We need more real food farmers. We need the next generation to demand real food."
Social entrepreneur and real food warrior Kimbal Musk has been a key behind-the-scenes figure is his older brother’s ventures from PayPal to Space X. Aside from sharing his extensive experience working with Elon to build some of the world’s most innovative companies, Kimbal is one of the most prominent, compelling, and knowledgeable speakers on disrupting the industrial food chain, scaling organic farming, and building a thriving social enterprise. Drawing from three decades as an entrepreneur and investor, Musk imparts priceless insights on the vast opportunities in today’s markets as well as how to capitalize on them while bringing positive value and wellness to society and the environment.
Kimbal Musk is an excellent choice to address the following topics:
Entrepreneurship and Business - The closest confident and advisor to his brother Elon, Kimbal Musk has over two decades of entrepreneurial wisdom. He shares insights from starting up and growing businesses alongside Elon, the highs and lows at Tesla, and what it takes to build a truly disruptive business.
Disruption - From electronic payments to electric cars to sustainable farming, Musk has spearheaded innovation in a wide range of industries. The versatile entrepreneur takes you inside his mind and how he identifies needs, engineers solutions, and scales them.
The Real Food Revolution - Mainstream agriculture is dangerous for our health and planet. In addition to contributing to nationwide epidemics like diabetes and obesity, it contaminates the air, land, and water with pesticides, animal waste, and antibiotics. Musk showcases the value of real food and how our society can reach new levels of wellness through what we grow, how we grow it, and what we eat. He highlights the work he has done - as well as what you can do - to scale real food.
Social Entrepreneurship and Investing - Named a 2017 Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Kimbal Musk has reinvented the restaurant industry building it around a "farm-to-table" model. Additionally, his start-ups have funded acres of urban farms and established 700 school educational gardens and counting. Drawing from his extensive and diverse track record as an entrepreneur and investor, Musk shares insights on investing and building a business for both a financial and social return, as well as the vast untapped potential of today's markets.
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