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For every pair of shoes Toms sells, it donates a new pair to a child in a developing country.
In the four years since its founding, the Los Angeles-based company, which has 72 employees, has given away 600,000 pairs of shoes.
The company's canvas slip-on shoes -- the same type it often donates -- now sell for to a pair in upscale retailers such as Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman.
The more Toms grows, the less time Mycoskie seems to spend in the office.
Plus, many of the people who hear me speak eventually purchase a pair of Toms, share the story with others, or support our campaigns like One Day Without Shoes, which has people go barefoot for one day a year to raise awareness about the children we serve.
I also travel to meet with organizations like CARE and the World Health Organization. I dropped out of college when I was a sophomore, so those were my education in business.
In 2011, Toms expanded to include eyeglasses in its "One for One" offering—for every pair of sunglasses purchased, sight-saving medical treatment, prescription glasses, or surgery is donated to a person in need. But as Toms grows, it has to be less about 'What's Blake's most intimate, joyful experience? '"Mycoskie published the book Start Something That Matters in 2011.
The company was quickly profitable, and was bought by Clear Channel nine months after its launch.