In this edition of Making Oregon, we examine how to build a business or a career--driven by purpose. We recently visited the offices of Portland’s own Mac Prichard, founder of Mac’s List, a popular Oregon jobs board, to discuss how find, or create, rewarding and meaningful work. Mac’s List started years ago as an email to keep in touch with Mac's colleagues, and today attracts 80,000 job seekers to the site.
We talk about how Mac built his small email list into a thriving business, and with a twist: as Mac’s List was slowly taking shape, he also founded Prichard Communications, a company that helps philanthropic organizations get their message out. We dig into how Mac has managed to pull this off, growing two demanding startups at the same time. He also talks with us about the work-ethic he developed starting at age 9, how being unemployed influenced his purpose as an entrepreneur, and how the desire to be of service to others shaped his career.