Andrew Greenblatt
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration

Andrew Greenblatt is the Founder and President of Vendorboon, a social venture that uses the buying power of trade and professional association's member discount programs to improve the social and environmental impact of B2B spending.

Before founding Vendorboon, Andrew was the Director of Products and Innovation at Criterion Ventures where he worked with philanthropists, foundations, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs to plan and execute social ventures.  Andrew joined Criterion in 2007 after selling Pride Diamonds, LLC, a socially responsible diamond mining company operating in Sierra Leone that he co-founded.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the acquiring company, Target Resources Plc. 

Before Pride Diamonds, Andrew helped launch and then directed TrueMajority.org, an online activist group.  Prior to that he worked as the Director of Business Strategy for Oven Digital, a web design company and as Media Director for Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities. 

In the mid-90’s Andrew launched a human rights project called Focus on Justice using the internet.  A little ahead of its time, Focus On Justice streamed video shot in Kenya at the sites of recent human rights abuses. 

Andrew was the Executive Director of Common Cause/NY from 1993-1997. 

Andrew is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Albany with a B.A in Political Science.  He moved to New York City “for a couple of years” in 1993 and still lives there with his wife and two children.

 

Semester Course
Spring 2014 PADM-GP.2310.001 Understanding Social Entrepreneurship

This class offers an introduction to the field social entrepreneurship and the tools and tactics used by social ventures. The course begins by exploring different definitions of social entrepreneurship and the goals of this growing field. We then investigate how these ventures operate in different sectors (Mature Markets, Failed Markets, etc.). During these weeks we illuminate the different attributes social ventures must have to have an advantage depending on the competitive landscape in which they operate. During the second half of the class we cut across the sectors we investigated in the first half to find common threads including: capital raising, ethical questions, and applications of the principles of social ventures within existing large corporations. Students should leave the course with a working knowledge of the range of social ventures and the common components they need to succeed.


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Fall 2012 UPADM-GP.264.001 Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World One Venture at a Time

In this fun and fast paced course, taught by a practicing serial social entrepreneur, Prof. Greenblatt investigates the different ways social entrepreneurs can make a difference here in the United States and around the world. The class will address questions like: Why do we need social innovation? How can founders protect their mission is an age when entrepreneurship is largely governed by venture capitalists? How can one innovate inside a large corporation or government institution? How can entrepreneurs plan for and manage the high risks of starting ventures that fail more often than not? The course will also feature visits by successful social entrepreneurs who answered these questions in different ways.


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Fall 2010 UPADM-GP.0264.001 Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World One Venture at a Time

In this fun and fast paced course, taught by a practicing serial social entrepreneur, Prof. Greenblatt investigates the different ways social entrepreneurs can make a difference here in the United States and around the world. The class will address questions like: Why do we need social innovation? How can founders protect their mission is an age when entrepreneurship is largely governed by venture capitalists? How can one innovate inside a large corporation or government institution? How can entrepreneurs plan for and manage the high risks of starting ventures that fail more often than not? The course will also feature visits by successful social entrepreneurs who answered these questions in different ways.


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Fall 2009 UPADM-GP.0264.001 Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World One Venture at a Time

In this fun and fast paced course, taught by a practicing serial social entrepreneur, Prof. Greenblatt investigates the different ways social entrepreneurs can make a difference here in the United States and around the world. The class will address questions like: Why do we need social innovation? How can founders protect their mission is an age when entrepreneurship is largely governed by venture capitalists? How can one innovate inside a large corporation or government institution? How can entrepreneurs plan for and manage the high risks of starting ventures that fail more often than not? The course will also feature visits by successful social entrepreneurs who answered these questions in different ways.


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