Ep131: Finally, A Cellphone Company That Connects Your Calls to a Cause

the people's operator

Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan I talk to Mark Epstein, Co-founder & CEO of The People's Operator (TPO).

The People's Operator is a socially conscious mobile provider based in the U.K. has launched its service stateside with the help of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. The company donates 10% of its subscribers' monthly bills to a cause of their choice. In addition, the company donates 25% of its profits to charity as well.

Megan, Mark and I discuss:

Mark Epstein, The People's Operator

Mark Epstein, The People's Operator

  • How The TPO began and how Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales got involved.
  • The beginnings of TPO in the U. K. and its launch in the U. S.
  • TPO's ambitious plans to launch a social network alongside its offering.
  • TPO's goal to democratize giving by allowing users to support causes of any kind or size.
  • The challenge of getting people to switch to TPO in the U. K. and the U. S.  
  • Mark's personal guarantee that my 15-year-old's cellphone service won't be disrupted if I have switch plans!
  • How TPO plans to deal with competitors - like the big mobile carriers (e.g. AT&T, Verizon, etc.).
  • Can other types of businesses benefit and learn from what TPO is doing?
  • How TPO is working with bigger charities to spread the word on TPO and get new subscribers.

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