Dr. David Batstone is the founder and managing director of Just Business, a social impact investment firm. His portfolio of successful ventures includes REBBL, the “top new organic beverage in the USA” (2016); Z Shoes; Square Organics; and Not For Sale. As founder of Not For Sale, Batstone has connected business leaders, celebrities, politicians, and students to design strategic solutions for the 40+ million human slaves in the world today.
A sought-after speaker and consultant to businesses and nonprofits alike, Batstone works with entrepreneurs and investors to create forward-thinking companies that return dignity to people and planet; and shares his unique model for developing successful enterprises that create opportunities for everyone. His groundbreaking work has earned him numerous awards. Most recently the United Nations Women for Peace Association selected him as their annual Peace Award winner in 2017. He also was awarded in 2017 the Harari Conscious Leadership and Social Innovation prize (USF School of Management award).
David Batstone also teaches in the department of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at University of San Francisco’s School of Management. Previously a private equity banker in the technology industry, Dr. Batstone is published widely in both academia and the popular press. His five books feature entrepreneurship at the crossroads of business and society. USA (Today) Weekend describes Batstone as “one of the country’s leading authorities on ethics in the business world.”
In 1997 Dr. Batstone was one of the founding team members of Business 2.0 magazine, which burst onto the publishing scene with National Magazine Award “Best New US Magazine.” Time-Warner acquired Business 2.0 magazine in 2001. Dr. Batstone also has been a contributor to The New York Times, Wired, The Chicago Tribune, Spin, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The San Francisco Chronicle.