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It's an aliexpress dropship company. They claim 10% of proceeds go to saving bees.
The goal is to ultimately increase the bee population. But wouldn't increasing the supply of pollen and nectar do that?So, if the goal is to increase the supply of pollen & nectar, then I might instead consider seed funding (no pun intended) roadside adoption clubs/organizations, where you provide native seeds & some training to get existing clubs/organizations to plant native wildflower seed along already-adopted sections of roads.
If the goal is to increase the bee population, then maybe doing A/B testing to find effective treatments would be useful.
I don't want to be researching colony collapse, or new chemicals, etc... I highly doubt that an influx of $50k will put dent into new research on these topics.doesn't appear to be the root cause for colony collapse--the primary causes appear to be mites/parasites/viruses.
then maybe doing A/B testing to find effective treatments would be useful. Funding high-school, undergrad, and/or graduate students to carry out the experiments might be a good approach, especially if they get training on how to get matching funds (so you're not funding the entire thing).
Yes this is an interesting route. I mean selling skincare itself is not appealing. But selling skincare using sourced beeswax AND using the profits to create bee friendly environments does sound appealing.Kenric, you probably know this already, but Ezra Firestone's BeeFriendly Skincare company supposedly helps bees indirectly by using Hawaiian beekeepers (however there's VERY little info on this and I suspect its a big stretch like ordering one ingredient from them. They manufacture in NY). They mostly sell on Amazon and do 1mm+ in sales.
With your experience you could launch something like this easily, doesn't have to be the same products or even skin care, just some consumables using bee byproducts. You could differentiate by being 100x more transparent in how your products help bees/beekeepers.
No way I would do a non-profit this way. So your model is to ask for donations so you can spend the money to ask for more donations? How does this help the bees?I would start a non-profit, get celebrity endorsements, PR, throw the money at ads and then run off donations.
On what do you base your assumption that food shortage is a primary cause of population decline?The goal is to ultimately increase the bee population. But wouldn't increasing the supply of pollen and nectar do that?
What if I purchase land and then seed it with native plants and flowers, wouldn't that help?
I don't think that the population decline is due to food shortage. That part is something that I think is out of my expertise to solve. So my assumption is that we can boost the population by making food more abundant and creating more area for them to grow, which can help stave off the population decline until a solution is found.On what do you base your assumption that food shortage is a primary cause of population decline?
Then do you think the decline in population corresponds with declining forage acreage? There are so many directions to take to protect bee populations.I don't think that the population decline is due to food shortage. That part is something that I think is out of my expertise to solve. So my assumption is that we can boost the population by making food more abundant and creating more area for them to grow, which can help stave off the population decline until a solution is found.
Good point here. There's a vast difference between selling the feeling of having solved an environmental problem and actually providing a real solution.The good thing is whatever you do it with the money doesnt have to be THE solution, it just has to be A solution. As long as you can sell why your solution is a positive impact then it fulfills the buyers emotional connection to the product and brand and mission statement. Most people who want to support something like this I would assume have no clue what THE solution is either and would make the purchase to support as long as it makes them feel good and that they did their part.
I don't know. But I assume that providing them more acreage and more flowering plants would increase their populations. Just as I assume that a person keeping a hive in their backyard increases the bee population vs. that person not doing it.Then do you think the decline in population corresponds with declining forage acreage? There are so many directions to take to protect bee populations.
They range from pastoral to massively high tech.read this whole thread cause i got curious.
Maybe you can invent a product that helps professional beekeepers detect at risk beehives faster?
like if temperature is a big factor concerning beehive death, maybe you can stick some kind of wireless thermometer in there that collects valuable temperature data and any other important information like water/sugar levels or something.
How high tech are typical bee farmers anyway? maybe they're doing things in an antiquated way?
My parents have one of these houses! I don't know if it's from the same company, because it looks a little different, but yeah, it provides a house for the pollinator without having to deal with harvesting honey.There is a German company selling bee houses: Die faszinierende Welt der Wildbienen erleben | BeeHome by Pollinature
This is not directly related to beekeeping, but it helps the ecosystem as a whole. You buy the house and then when springtime approaches they send you a tube containing Mason bee cocoons that you insert into the bee house. You get to see on the inside of one level of the house and observe how the bees evolve and work. I really like this concept and bought two houses for family and friends.
Here's why I think it is a great product:
- It is small and made out of good material.
- It is affordable.
- Even people living in apartments can get one, as long as they have a balcony with flowers and trees not too far.
- It gives incentives to take a closer at all the insects in your surroundings, which 99% of people don't do.
- You get regular newsletter explaining how bees work, their ecosystem, the plants and flowers to have around, etc.
- Overall, it is a great educational tool, the customers put into practice themselves and pay more attention to how this small world is doing.
Again, this is not beekeeping, but I think they found a good compromise right in-between 'active beekeeping' and 'buy a bugs house and put it somewhere in your garden'.
@biophase doesn't have to buy the hives, he can sell them, and market them as Backyard Beehives, and maybe, if I'm interpreting correctly what @Danny Sullivan says is already happening in Europe, Americans could start raising their own pollinators just as they raise their own little crops with backyard gardening.
@Danny, do people in Europe already keep honey bee houses, then? Americans need to start doing that.People in Europe start keeping honey bees on their roofs, gardens or balconies which will fly distance of up to 10 kilometers for just any type of blossoms for nectar and pollens.
#BeeBeds1) I have no interest in selling honey or raising bees. I would rather help the people doing so.
Manmade bee houses are "deadly to bees" according to bee researches and bee keepers.Off the cuff here.
Bees in a Box ? Included: Seeds of flowers that attract bees (A mix you simply put over loose dirt. Has fertilizer mixed in. Just water.) Bee House. Just hang and they will move in.
My Daughter's Elementary school had an amazing garden that taught students so much. Get sponsors ? Donations ? Give them a bee garden.
In the desert forage is definitely an issue, although I'm not sure it's a problem in most other climates. As an Arizona beekeeper I love this idea and it's essentially an idea I was throwing around for my own bees.I don't know. But I assume that providing them more acreage and more flowering plants would increase their populations. Just as I assume that a person keeping a hive in their backyard increases the bee population vs. that person not doing it.
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