It was over two years ago when I met a former boss for lunch at the Dolores Park Cafe in San Francisco on a sunny March afternoon. Having worked in various consulting and management roles in the natural and organic products industry, he was brimming with excitement regarding his new role with a sustainable seafood startup called CleanFish. Little did I know that aside from sharing the mission and plans for CleanFish, he also wanted me to join a team that would help build a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) company that would source delicious sustainable seafood from artisan fisheries around the world.
Despite a deep recession, CleanFish has nearly quadrupled its revenue over the last two years and is currently on track to exceed $20 million in sales in 2009. Along the way the company picked up Social Venture Network’s 2008 Innovation Award and was a recipient of Food & Wine Magazine’s 2008 Eco-Ocean Award. CleanFish was no longer just a company but was becoming an aspiration and a movement.
CleanFish recently became a finalist in BusinessWeek’s “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” contest along with 24 other businesses that were narrowed down from a list of more than 200 nominees. You can read the BusinessWeek story titled “Making a Profit and a Difference” here.
We are determined to win this contest and are asking for about 30 seconds of your time to vote for CleanFish from this page. Obviously it will take a little longer than that if you were to also check out our worthwhile competitors.
Voting ends on April 26th, so please don’t hold back and vote for CleanFish now.