ClearlySo: New Online Marketplace for Social Businesses

Posted by on April 27, 2009 in Entrepreneurship, Europe, World - 7 Comments


If you’re a social entrepreneur seeking visibility, sales or perhaps even investment, you should check out the recently launched The site enables social entrepreneurs to connect with investors online, showcase their products and services and obtain a chance at securing funding. In doing so, it is thereby contributing to the creation of a much needed online social ecosystem and empowering entrepreneurs and individuals to participate in and promote the creation of social businesses.

With only a month since its launch and no definitive tales of success yet, ClearlySo’s timing for market entry is a good one amidst the current global economic and political landscapes. Furthermore, the company’s founder, Rodney Schwartz is equipped with in depth knowledge of the social investment industry as demonstrated through his current firm, Catalyst. Catalyst is a leading independent advisory and investment management firm focused on the social, environmental and ethical business sector. Working with many of the UK’s leading social businesses and enterprises, it has a strong track record in supporting the commercial growth of the sector.

Commenting on the timing of ClearlySo, Gordon Roddick, co-founder of the Body Shop said “The launch of comes at a very appropriate time. Rod has a great depth of judgment and knowledge, and a tireless energy with regard to this sector. Positive investment for the future is going to be a cornerstone in some sort of recovery process and will grow to be an important player in that arena”

We at SocialEarth surely hope so.



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Erik is a perpetually curious social innovator. As a serial entrepreneur, Erik knows a thing or two about change. As a co-founder of SocialEarth, Erik hopes to channel his passion for social advocacy into an innovative venue of social awareness for others.

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7 Comments on "ClearlySo: New Online Marketplace for Social Businesses"

  1. Rodney Schwartz April 27, 2009 at 5:21 am ·

    Dear Social Earth
    How kind of you to write about us and pick up on what we are doing. We have been working hard on this project for at least three years and it is good to see it coming to fruition.
    You kindly list me as the “founder” but it really has been a collaborative effort of wonderful staff, excellent advisors, exceptional interns, professional vendors and supportive investors AND CUSTOMERS!
    Our success will be measured by our ability to become sustainable but also, critically, how much help we provide social businesses and enterprises. The key is bringing the advent of a more Social Economy closer–and we spend all our days trying to “talk the sector into existence”.
    Thanks for your kind words and support.
    We will add a link to you on the site–please do likewise with, if that is possible.

    best regards,
    rodney schwartz

  2. Erik April 27, 2009 at 8:14 am ·

    Hi Rodney,

    Thanks for the comment and tip- we’ll amend the ‘founder’. It’s exciting to see three years of hard work start to pay off. Thanks for adding us to your resource directory, we really appreciate it! We’ll add link to our partnership section.

    Please feel free to send updates or new initiatives at ClearlySo and we’d be happy to continue following your story.

    Warm Regards,

  3. Allen Ballagas September 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm ·

    Thank you for this site. Thats all I could say. You most definitely have made this blog into something speciel. You clearly know what you are working at, youve insured so many corners.thanks

  4. Todd Crick September 22, 2010 at 10:15 am ·

    I like your way of writing! You should post more often…

  5. Laine Rehmeier September 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm ·

    I sincerely say you establish many great ideas and I will submit a number of suggestions to add in soon.

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