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Rhys Powell Interview in Forbes

Rhys Powell sits down with Susan Adams of Forbes to talk about his early mistakes and the rewards of a career post-Wall Street.

From Forbes Trep Talks

By Susan Adams

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To those around him, Rhys Powell had everything figured out by the time he was 25. In seven years in America, Powell had earned a degree in computer science from M.I.T. and had landed a high-paying corporate job to start his career. His path to success was all but mapped out. So when Powell decided to leave his job in 2005 and start a business selling healthy lunches to New York City schools, which he named Red Rabbit, his friends and family were predictably shocked.

To those around him, Rhys Powell had everything figured out by the time he was 25. In seven years in America, Powell had earned a degree in computer science from M.I.T. and had landed a high-paying corporate job to start his career. His path to success was all but mapped out. So when Powell decided to leave his job in 2005 and start a business selling healthy lunches to New York City schools, which he named Red Rabbit, his friends and family were predictably shocked. Read on to learn more about why Rhys Powell started Red Rabbit and how he creates new jobs in his community.

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Red Rabbit is the Manhattan Small Business of the Year

If Rhys Powell gets his way, every student in America will be eating freshly prepared, nutritious meals and snacks - and his company, Harlem-based Red Rabbit, will be doing a lot of the serving.

If Rhys Powell gets his way, every student in America will be eating freshly prepared, nutritious meals and snacks - and his company, Harlem-based Red Rabbit, will be doing a lot of the serving.

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Rhys W. Powell – Social Innovation Rockstar

Rhys W. Powell – Social Innovation Rockstar

Rhys Powell founded Red Rabbit as an antidote to the lackluster meals most schools provide for their students. It now serves healthy, locally-sourced lunches to almost 70 schools in New York City. "We’ve done a disservice to our kids. The system that we have is broken. The school food system is broken. We at Red Rabbit, we’re fixing that.” Read more...

 

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Red Rabbit Makes Big Leap

Red Rabbit Makes Big Leap

Harlem-based Red Rabbit, which delivers nutritious meals made from scratch and from mostly local ingredients, is opening a second kitchen, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, "We started in 2005, before these issues were on the forefront of everyone's mind," said Rhys Powell, founder and president of Red Rabbit,” Read more...

Red Rabbit Makes Big Leap

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What I Didn't Know When I Started My Business

What I Didn't Know When I Started My Business

Red Rabbit, President and Founder Rhys W. Powell shares his experiences and provides insight on how his business is finding success.: "I started Red Rabbit in 2005 with a vision and a passion—that good nutrition is essential to a child's academic growth, physical health, and behavior. What I didn't know was how to make a business out of a passion." Read more...

What I Didn't Know When I Started My Business

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