Marrying Market with a Mission, Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, Hot Bread Kitchen

Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen, a social enterprise that creates professional opportunities for low-income and immigrant women. Their line of multi-ethnic bread is inspired by the bakers who make them. Before Hot Bread Kitchen launched, Jessamyn carved her path toward entrepreneurship by utilizing every resource possible, from her roommate’s computer to government grants — definitely a crash course in making what you’ve got work for you.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Renee Zau

    I just learned about Hot Bread Kitchen when interviewing Kathleen Kelly Janus, author and lecturer at Stanford University, about her new book, Social Startup Success, for my podcast Events With Benefits. A great story of perseverance and adapting to the market. Social Startup Success has insight from Kathleen interviewing 100 social enterprise successes like Hot Bread Kitchen, Teach for America, and charity:water, if you’re looking for more inspiration.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks, Renee. I will definitely check that out.

    2. awaldstein

      You should speak with my friend Charlie at http://www.thelancasterfood…Good guy trying to build businesses around social good. This one with bread.Glad to do an intro.

  2. Sarah Green

    Very inspiring!

  3. TanyaMonteiro

    So much about this model and founder draws me to want to know more, I’ve always been so curious about the “hot bread kitchen” journey! So much in the idea Jessamyn shares in ‘the thoughtfulness of time”. Looking forward to hearing more about what’s on the other side of blowing some air into the model. Thank you for this, should be compulsory #bootstrapping #realityworks entrepreneur listening.

    1. Gotham Gal

      I like that!