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In that time, he took a brief sabbatical and then returned to the business with renewed vigor.
He steered the company into other categories such as coffee and bags.
While he’s spoken thousands of times about Toms and its one-for-one mission in the past decade, today’s talk is different. And it’s challenged him, at times, in ways he said he never imagined — from a grueling speaking circuit and management turnover to running a massive company and eventually finding a partner to buy half of it.
While Toms has endured explosive growth since 2006, the past few years have been the most pivotal for Mycoskie.
In 2015, TOMS Bag Collection was founded with the mission to help provide training for skilled birth attendants and distribute birth kits containing items that helps women safely deliver babies.
(In Toms-talk, such donations are "gives.") Toms sealed the deal with Attah four days before the Oscars in a last-minute scramble.
But he’s also in a mood to reflect on some of the company’s successes and mistakes. But their entrepreneurial purpose was to make money. Then it became the biggest business I could ever start and will ever start. “You can look at all these things that have happened to me — the AT&T commercial [in 2009] or retailers putting Toms in their window the first holiday season, the favorable press coverage — maybe it’s all luck, and therefore I’m the luckiest guy in the history of the shoe business.
When it launched 10 years ago, TOMS Shoes was one of the first companies to employ the buy-one-give-one model.
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