• Nick Temple

    Interesting article, but I’m not sure it’s about ‘faux’ social enterprise so much as ‘incompetent business’. Presumably the non-profits signing up saw and knew the terms they were signing up to, and they could have a view of Bajalia’s track record (or lack of) in the field. All this article really says is that Bajalia couldn’t deliver on its good intentions, and that it’s purpose and passion wasn’t matched by its ability to run the business. A valuable lesson, sure, but not much more – and one that happens in every sector and industry of business. How many small businesses suffer at the hands of larger players who delay payments and affect cashflows, or who feel compelled to sign up to unfair terms?

    The other learning might be to beware of an organisation which seems more a platform for a charismatic entrepreneur who enjoys the media spotlight than one committed to competent, effective, high-quality delivery of the cause. We have had our own experiences of that in the UK.

    • Sharon Charters

      sounds closer to fraud than incompetency to me