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Mike Del Ponte

Mike Del Ponte

Founder & CEO

Soma

From working as a peacemaker in the West Bank to producing the Dangerously Ambitious summit, I'm constantly innovating on projects I feel passionate about.

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Q: When did you know you were ready to take the leap from marketing manager to founding your own company?

A: "The second we got the idea to disrupt filtration with beautiful sustainable design, I knew I would leave my current job to follow my passion. When it comes to starting a company, if you have to ask others if it's a good idea, it probably isn't a good idea. If you're 100% clear that you're being called to start something that has meaningful impact, there's no turning back."

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2015 Levo 100 Honoree: Entrepreneurs

Levo 100 celebrates inspiring Millennials who are transforming the world as we know it. The Entrepreneurs category recognizes those who see opportunity and build solutions—founders and leaders who are in pursuit of passion and follow their vision.

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Soma

Chief Hydration Officer

I hated my choices for water filters. Too much plastic. Too many chemicals. Too ugly! So I set out to make something better. Soma is on a mission to improve life for everyone who drinks water, with sustainable, plant-based filters that make water healthy and delicious, beautiful carafes and pitchers, and the convenient Filters by Mail service.

Career
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." —Anais Nin

My Inspiration

I still get chills when I watch Martin King Luther's last speech: "I've Been to the Mountaintop."

Celebs Who Love Soma
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Martha Stewart

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BranchOut

Marketing Manager

BranchOut is the career networking tool on Facebook. It allows you to search for your dream job and get the ultimate inside connection via your friends and friends of friends.

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Sparkseed

Founder & CEO

Sparkseed is a nonprofit organization that invests in the top social entrepreneurs of tomorrow as they lead social ventures today. We provide guidance, funding, and tools to college students who will change the world.

Career

Yale University

Master of Arts in Religion, Christian Social Ethics

"In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to want." Proverbs 14:23

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Boston College

BA, Theology

Soma: Beautifully innovative all-natural water filters

About Soma Water:
Soma is a premium water filter service that includes a beautiful glass carafe and the world's most innovative water filters, which are delivered right to your door via subscription so you never forget to change your filter on time.