Posting snippets of the interview. This is too beautiful not to be shared :)
What was the inspiration behind TOMS?
Mycoskie: I was in Argentina on vacation In Jan 2006, and I noticed that a lot of local farmers and polo players were wearing these slip-ons called apargatas. I bought a pair and really enjoyed wearing them. Around the same time, I met some volunteers in the area and they told me about a shoe drive they were running for the local kids who couldn't afford shoes. I heard stories I will never forget- one was about two brothers and a sister, and they had only one pair of shoes, so the kids would alternate every third day to go to school. I thought, this is crazy. As an entrepreneur, when you see something that seems broken, your brain immediately goes to "How can we fix this?" The name TOMS come from tomorrow - the idea is that you buy one today, we give one to a child tomorrow.
"If you can find a way to use some of your profit margins to do good, your customers will really appreciate that."