Wednesday Watch: Tyler Gage, Entrepreneur Speaker
A man’s journey through the Amazon inspired a business that is helping the rainforest thrive. After graduating college, Tyler Gage moved to Ecuador to start Runa, a company that produces teas and energy drinks in the U.S. and provides income to the local Amazon community. Yesterday, Gage joined “CBS This Morning” to discuss his new book, “Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life,” and his journey to build a socially responsible business.
Tyler Gage has spent the last ten years working with indigenous communities in the Amazon developing economic development and rainforest conservation programs. Having started as a 19 year old researching Amazonian languages, he grew to build his organization, RUNA, into one of the leading social change organizations in the Amazon, supporting over 20,000 indigenous people. Tyler has been recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur and RUNA is on Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America list for 2015. He has been featured in Richard Branson’s book “Screw Business as Usual”, and in Fast Company, National Geographic, and Men’s Fitness.