Ido Leffler

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Ido Leffler
NationalityAustralian and Israeli
Alma materUniversity of Technology Sydney
OccupationEntrepreneur, Advisor, Investor
Years active1999–present
OrganizationEmeritus Council Member United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs
Young Presidents Organization
TelevisionQuit Your Day Job
Board member ofSpark New Zealand
Non Executive Director
Asia Society
Board of trustees and Co-chair
Center for Global Education
Obvious Ventures, Advisor

Ido Leffler is an Israeli-born Australian entrepreneur, investor, and advisor. He is the co-founder of Yoobi, Yes To Inc., Cheeky, Brandless, and Beach House Group.[1][2][3][4]

Each of the companies Leffler has founded and co-founded incorporates a social mission; Yoobi donates school supplies to children;[5] Yes To Inc. provides nutrition resources for children in Africa; Cheeky and Brandless donate meals through Feeding America;[6][7] and Beach House Group supports charities including KaBOOM, which funds playgrounds for children.[1][2][8]

Leffler is the co-author of Get Big Fast and Do More Good: Start Your Business, Make It Huge, and Change the World, a guide to entrepreneurship and brand-building.[9] He has invested in or advised companies including Birchbox, Dollar Shave Club, and RangeMe.[10]

Early life, education and early career[edit]

Leffler was born in Israel to Dan Leffler, an engineer and entrepreneur, and Yaffa Leffler, a school teacher.[11] When he was five, the family emigrated to Sydney, where his father built a property development company. In 1993, as Australia hit a major recession, the residential market collapsed and the company failed. The Lefflers lost their life savings and their home.[12][13]

Able to afford only the essentials, if Leffler "wanted to do anything – go to the movies, travel, buy something – it was up to him to figure out how to pay for it." In order to do so, he got a job at a grocery store, and then Psycho Chicken, a restaurant. At 18, he started his first business with his best friend, Evan Lever. Called the Roving Bakery, it was a home delivery service for breads and bagels.[14][10][13][15]

To help make ends meet, while working full-time as a school teacher, Yaffa Leffler began a successful Herbalife distributorship. Dan Leffler joined her as the business grew. In 1996 Ido Leffler attended the University of Technology Sydney. He graduated with a bachelor of business degree in marketing and international business in 1999. He then decided to join his parents and became an Herbalife distributor in Indonesia and then in India.[14][16][17]


Trendtrade International, Yes To Inc., SOMA Water[edit]

After returning from India, Leffler founded Trendtrade International with Lance Kalish, an alumnus of UTS whom Leffler met in 1997 through playing soccer.[18] It focused on international business development. In 2006, they founded Yes To Inc., then known as Yes To Carrots.[19] Based in Tel Aviv, the company produced and marketed organic hair and skincare products.[17] The company name was derived from Leffler's philosophy: "Say yes to positivity."[12][20] As of 2017, Yes To Inc. was sold in over 25,000 stores in the United States, Canada, and the UK.[16]

In founding Yes To Inc., Leffler and Kalish established the Yes To Carrots Seed Fund, a non-profit organization that provided under-served communities with the resources to develop and sustain organic food sources and access to healthy nutrition. In 2012, the company partnered with Mama Hope to create Yes To Hope, which provided schools with funding for year-round organic gardens.[21][16]

Leffler co-founded SOMA Water in 2012 and served as the chairman of its board until May 2017. A water filtration system composed of carafes and biodegradable filtration systems, SOMA donated clean drinking water to people in need through a philanthropic partner, charity: water.[22]

Yoobi, Cheeky, Beach House Group, Brandless[edit]

Leffler and Kalish founded Yoobi in June 2014. A school and office supply brand, the idea for Yoobi was based on Leffler's experience shopping for school supplies for his children. He saw a "distinct lack of vision and creativity" in the products available. After learning that 99.5% of the elementary school teachers in the United States paid for classroom supplies out of their own pocket,[23] Leffler and Kalish established a one-for-one system; each time a Yoobi product was purchased, an item such as crayons, pens, and rulers was added to a pack of school supplies which contained 1000 products. Yoobi worked with the Kids In Need Foundation to determine what students needed.[3][5][16]

In 2014, Leffler co-founded Cheeky Home, a line of paper and plastic tableware. The company donated a meal to Americans facing hunger through the nonprofit organization Feeding America for every product sold.[24] He also co-founded Beach House Group, a brand and product development company. Beach House Group supports Clean the World, Girl Up, Kaboom and Starlight Children’s Foundation.[25]

Leffler founded Brandless with Tina Sharkey in early 2014. Described by Fortune as the "Procter and Gamble for millennials," the company creates and sells organic and natural products. For every order placed at a meal is donated through Feeding America.[26] Brandless launched in July 2017.[27]

Other ventures[edit]

In 2016, Leffler appeared as a judge on the Oxygen television series Quit Your Day Job. A reality show which allowed entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to the panel of entrepreneurs and investors, Quit Your Day Job focused on women and minority entrepreneurs.[28]

Leffler and Kalish wrote a guide to modern entrepreneurship, Get Big Fast and Do More Good, published by Harcourt in 2014. Kalish and Leffler described the book as "very simply, operating a business in an ethical, moral way with equal regard to our consumers, our partners, the environment and the well-being of everyone involved in the production of our products."[9]

He is an investor in and advisor for a wide variety of startups and established companies, and serves on the board of directors for Spark New Zealand.[29]

Personal life, philanthropy, and recognition[edit]

Leffler lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and their three children. He is a member of the Melbourne branch of the Young Presidents Organization, and serves as a trustee for the Asia Society and as a co-chair of their Center for Global Education.[30] He is an emeritus council member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs.[20][31]

Leffler received the 2017 Retail Innovator Award from Retail Touch Points[32] and the UTS Alumni Award for Excellence by the UTS Business School. He won the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence,[33] and the Starlight Foundation's 2015 Innovator Award, which recognizes individuals and corporations who have made significant contributions to communities with the goal of promoting positive social impact.[34] He was also named one of Fast Company's "Most Creative People."[35]

Companies founded[edit]

Years Company Role
2002 (2002)–2016 Trendtrade International Co-founder
Managing director (until 2008)
Board member (until 2016)
2006 (2006)–present Yes To Inc. Co-founder
2012 (2012)–2017 SOMA Water Co-founder, chairman
2014 (2014)–present Cheeky Home Co-founder, Advisor
2014 (2014)–present Beach House Group Co-founder, chairman
2014 (2014)–present Yoobi Co-founder, CEO
2014 (2014)–present Brandless Co-founder, chairman

Advisory roles, boards, and affiliations[edit]

Years Company Role
2011 (2011)–2016 Levo League Advisor
2012 (2012)–present Birchbox, Inc. Advisor
2013 (2013)–present United Nations Foundation
Global Entrepreneurs
Emeritus council member
2013 (2013)–2015 Ruby Ribbon, Inc. Board member, advisor
2013 (2013)–2017 Joyus Inc. Board of Directors
2014 (2014)–present Spark New Zealand Non-executive director
2014 (2014)–present Obvious Ventures Advisor
2014 (2014)–present Asia Society Board of Trustees
2014 (2014)–2016 Dollar Shave Club Advisor
2015 (2015)–2017 RangeMe Chairman (US)
non-executive director
2016 (2016)–present YPO, Melbourne Chapter Member
2016 (2016)–present Center for Global Education
(Asia Society)


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