Nathan Philipp

Where Nathan is from

Long Beach, California, USA



What was your dream when you were a kid? What was the reason?


As a kid, I enjoyed searching for clues to new and incredible dinosaur species. I loved the idea of finding something that no one else had discovered and imagining how it might have interacted with our prehistoric Earth.


What was your dream when you were 18 years old? What was the reason?

To come out of undergraduate university with a wider perspective and a better understanding of how I can make the world a more inclusive place to live.


What made you start thinking about social entrepreneurship/social enterprises? When was that?

In undergrad, I was a member of a 4-year leadership program called Arizona Blue Chip Program and through interacting with my peers; my ideas were tested about what it means to make your personal contribution to the world. My conclusion in making the most difference was within the social entrepreneurial space.


How much do you think social entrepreneurs play an important role in the world?

I think the 21st century will be defined by social businesses because consumers want to engage in meaningful stories, and social businesses offer a new story – one of hope. People in need should be partners in building this new world together. We already see signs of change with rapid economic growth in geographic areas where analysts never thought such change were possible.


What would you say to future social entrepreneurs / those who are interested in social entrepreneurs?

To those interested in social entrepreneurship or just curious about giving back to their community, find something you are passionate about and find networks already working on the topic. Learn everything there is to know and then keep going.


What is your favorite quote? Who said that quote?

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” -Special Olympics Athlete Oath

This quote is important to me because it shows people that competition is not about winning, it’s about overcoming adversity and having the strength to compete.


Who Nathan is

I am not sure if he remembers, but Nathan is actually the first person that I talked to when the MSE(Master of Social Entrepreneurship) program started at Hult International Business School. He was sitting next to me at the orientation, so it was natural that we introduced ourselves and started chatting with each other.

Nathan loves helping people. e is willing to do anything he can do for others no matter what it is. In fact, I have never heard a “No” from him whenever I have asked him for help. One day, I asked Nathan about digital marketing because my team needed a digital marketing strategy. Since he has some background in that, he spared time for us, even though he was very busy. He ended up telling us everything he knows about digital marketing for 2 hours. We had been trying to create our own “digital marketing” plan without any idea how to do so.The tips that he gave us were very helpful, enabling us to develop a better plan after that.

Would you spend 2 hours for your friends when you had something else that you needed to do? Maybe you would, but it is not so easy. Nathan is that kind of person that is willing to do it.

Nathan is also two types of geeks; a tech geek and a superhero geek.

Nathan is definitely an early adopter of new technology. I noticed that he was using a unique pen and notepad one day, so I asked him what they were. He delightedly started explaining what they were to me. They are created by Livescribe, and what you do with them is basically to make what you write into digital data.You can save the data online through the iOS app. (


I had never seen that kind of a device and I am interested in such gadgets.  I could also see how much those technologies were making him happy through his smile. He also went to school with his electric skateboard. Of course, it got everyone’s attention in the classroom and he let us try it, even later when we were in a bar. It was so cool!

I cannot count how many movies Nathan and I watched movies together in San Francisco. We are definitely strong movie buddies now, especially MARVEL and DC movies. I organized a movie night for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice one day. Nobody could make it that night but it did not stop us. Only Nathan and I saw the movie together. Also, when he helped us for our digital marketing strategy, as I mentioned earlier, we actually discussed MARVEL and DC movies for another 2 hours. Amazingly, he knows everything, I mean EVERYTHING, about those movies and characters. It was a fun conversation and I learned a lot from him.



Awesome Episode

I intentionally have not mentioned Star Wars until now because I saved it for this section. I am telling you this in case you are wondering why, especially if you know Nathan. Yes, Nathan is a big fan of Star Wars. Actually, even “a big fan” doesn’t do justice to how big of a fan he is.. He definitely deserves a “bigger” phrase than that.

We performed a “Star Wars marathon” with our classmates, which means that we watched each episode of the six of Star Wars one night a week for six weeks until the night that the latest episode came out. That night, we went to the movie theater to see the new episode at 5:30AM after ending our marathon. It was such a crazy plan but it was totally worth it. When we finished watching Episode 3, which is the last one before seeing the latest episode, we even killed time by playing a Star Wars video game until 5AM that night. However, the craziest thing was not either the marathon or that night. The craziest thing was that for weeks after the movie Nathan kept messaging us rumors, every piece of information and research about the latest episode of Star Wars. I learned A LOT about Star Wars more deeply than I expected because of him! When you mention Star Wars in front of him, all I can say to you is…”May the force be with you.”




The Power of MSE

What Nathan is holding is a symbol called “go-en(ご縁)”, which means ‘fate’, ’destiny’ and ’special tie.’

I believe that it is meant to be that we met in San Francisco! I studied Social Entrepreneurship with Nathan for a year, saying “We will make the world a better place.” I would love to spend the rest of my life with MSEs (Master of Social Entrepreneurship; my classmates) until the very day I die. They have already completely changed my life.

At the same time, however, I also think that we should not be together all the time, because that is not the reason why we learned Social Entrepreneurship. That is not how we will deliver the impact we want to give to society and to the world.

I think MSEs are like dandelions. We were seeded at the first day at Hult and we bloomed on our graduation day. Our mission is that we spread all over the world like dandelions and seed the future, the next generation, from each place where each of us has landed.

本当にありがとう(Honto ni Arigato-); Thank you very very much for everything!! The world needs you! Let’s make the world a better place together!!


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