I'm Managing Editor of Shopify's forthcoming media site exploring breakthrough entrepreneurship. Please reach out with any pitches about overcoming major entrepreneurial challenges, surprising moments of inspiration and noteworthy social enterprises: Neil.Parmar@Shopify.com
Most recently I freelanced about creative responses to social problems, challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and unique approaches to giving back and battling income inequality. Previously, I was a deputy editor at OZY, a Silicon Valley-based media start-up with partners that have included CNN, MSN, NPR and Yahoo. I directed OZY’s launch of “States of the Nation,” a yearlong project featuring innovators and innovations from all 50 U.S. states. I also oversaw OZY’s 2016 presidential campaign coverage and written editorial to promote “The Contenders” TV series that aired on PBS and the BBC with interviews from Vice President Joe Biden, John McCain and Ralph Nader.
Prior to that, I helped launch WSJ.Money magazine and was promoted to managing editor. I also spent eight months contributing research to The Wall Street Journal's “Waste Lands” series, which revisited old nuclear sites and earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. My work has been published in Inc., Entrepreneur, Money and, when I lived in the United Arab Emirates, The National. At SmartMoney: The Wall Street Journal Magazine, I was a Deadline Club award finalist following my investigation into close ties between some financial services companies and academic researchers.
For The Huffington Post, I blogged about social entrepreneurship after I joined and mentored a team of four NYU Abu Dhabi students in the Hult Prize, which awarded $1 million to benefit SolarAid, One Laptop Per Child and Habitat for Humanity. Judges included Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus and Unilever Chairman Michael Treschow, and President Bill Clinton announced our team was among three that won out of a pool of around 4,000 applicants. He later cited us in his "case for optimism" essay for TIME Magazine.