**Update – Blake Mycoskie blogged about his visit to Rackspace – Check it out here
Today Rackspace had a fantastic visit from philanthropist and entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie. As the founder of Toms Shoes Blake shared the idea, mission, and successes his startup company has experienced with Rackers and a few community members.
About Toms Shoes:
In 2006, Blake was in Argentina and was introduced to the health and social problems presented to children in underdeveloped countries caused by lack of shoes. In many countries, debilitating diseases and school attendance can be corrected by providing children with shoes. Toms Shoes was founded in 2006 on the premise that with every pair of shoes purchased, Toms will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. “One for One” is the principal behind Blake’s work. In three years, Toms has given over 150,000 pairs of shoes to children all over the world. Toms plans to give over 300,000 pairs in 2009 alone.
Blake spoke to Rackers about the importance of creating a business with the idea that you are working towards something bigger than yourself. He also enjoyed taking a tour of the Rackspace facilities and meeting several Rackers. Along with a great story, Blake provided Rackspace with a special insight.
Blake’s secret sauce? Giving people the chance to feel good about what they’re doing and success will follow.
See below for pictures of Blake’s visit:
For more pictures, check out our Flickr account here.