40 Minute Mentor

Episode 12

December 6, 2019

Long-Term Solutions For Homelessness with Alex Stephany

Today’s guest and your Mentor for the next 40 minutes is the ever so inspiring author of “The Business of Sharing” and Founder and CEO of Beam – Alex Stephany.

Having started his career as a lawyer, living and working all over the world, Alex decided to join the tech startup JustPark as their COO in 2011. Alex was promoted to CEO at the end of 2012 and let the business to close the largest start up equity crowdfunding raise in history.

Following his success with JustPark, where he remains a board advisor to this day, Alex ventured out on his own and started Beam – the world’s first crowdfunding platform that helps homeless people to train up and get back into work.

Beam’s growing community of supporters have made a total of 17,000 donations, helping almost 200 people find stable employment in a position that will provide a living wage. Beam hasn’t grown unnoticed, winning lots of plaudits in the press and it has won many awards, including being named by The Guardian as one of the most important social tech innovations of 2018.


“When you’re doing something that you really care about, that energy just appears and I found the opposite when I was a lawyer, which was because it wasn’t really aligned with my values.”

Alex Stephany

Tune in to discover

30 second CV [03:25]
Becoming an entrepreneur [04:26]
From law to tech [07:02]
First taste of Tech startups [12:40]
Key career advice [17:18]
The importance of focus [20:10]
The origin of Beam [21:40]
Looking beyond the awards [27:45]
Helping the homeless - what we can all do [29:21]

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Helpful links

💙I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at ku.oc.cmbj@semaj, and please also check out and support Beam if you can so we can all do our bit to help tackle the homelessness problem.

➡️ If you want to find out more about Alex check out his LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexstephany/

➡️ If you want to find out more about Beam you can have a look at their website – https://beam.org/ 

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