Sam Davidson has a passion for taking ideas and turning them into reality. As such, entrepreneurship has been a perfect career fit for him, a journey he began over 13 years ago.
In 2006, Sam co-founded Cool People Care, which connected people online (in a world before Twitter and Instagram) who wanted to make a difference with nonprofit organizations who badly needed new members, volunteers, donors, and supporters. In 2009, Cool People Care was named a “Top 10 social network for generation Y” by Mashable. Now, Cool People Care has grown a loyal following and leveraged its brand and reach to provide a line of inspirational merchandise that raises money and awareness for the world most important causes. With over 20 designs, Cool People Care makes a donation to a cause linked with each shirt it sells. You can find their line of apparel in stores around the U.S., as well as directly on its website. To date, Cool People Care has donated over $125,000 to some of the most important causes of the world.
More recently, in 2013, Davidson co-founded Batch, a gift and retail company whose unique offering allows customers and companies to experience a taste of iconic cities. Overseeing the company’s rapid and strategic growth as CEO, Davidson has helped Batch cross the $1 million annual revenue mark in less than two years. Top-line revenue and bottom-line profit has grown annually, while helping support the small businesses of over 200 entrepreneurs nation-wide. Batch is headquartered in Nashville, and offers gifts from iconic Southern cities.
At Batch, Sam has twice been named a "Most Admired CEO" by the Nashville Business Journal, and the company has been featured in local and national media.
These experiences inform Sam’s work (when he’s not starting a new company) related to entrepreneurship and leadership. Hearing the stories of other entrepreneurs - and living the entrepreneurial story himself - he has a keen insight into what it takes to generate an idea and then bring it to reality. His blog is a reflection of this, offering tips, insights, interviews, and advice for anyone who wants to start something new or live more deeply where they are.
Davidson has been quoted and featured in media outlets ranging from USA Today, NPR, Inc. and Southern Living, among others. He frequently travels and speaks to audiences ranging from large corporate conferences to college events, sharing his messages related to leadership and entrepreneurship in an effort to help his audiences understand what it takes to turn an idea into something real. Learn more about Davidson’s keynote speeches and his past appearances on his speaking page.
He lives in Nashville, TN, spending as much free time as possible with his nine-year-old daughter, who no longer just gives him her paintings. He has to buy them (he taught her well).