Maingreen.tv: David Poritz ’12

Maingreen.tv is about supporting student creativity and facilitating collaboration using a contemporary, multimedia style of storytelling. We’re trying to harness all the energy, talent, and innovation we see each day on the Main Green into an online creative community.  Every week, we will be posting our favorite content from the previous week on BlogDH as a way of greater highlighting how amazing Brown students truly are.

David Poritz ’12

Why we love him:
We don’t know too many people like David Poritz: a student, under 30, and the president and founder of a corporation. David has a social agenda that is totally unique to the oil industry.  Not only is he committed to bringing justice to a generally inhumane industry, but he has also created Equitable Origin, a company that will protect and sustain the Ecuadorian community from which the oil comes and provide consumers with the smartest option in car fuel on the market.The most powerful point David made in our hour long interview was that Equitable Origin is not an idea that happened over night. He has been researching and living in Ecuador for 10 years now.  The kid has spent literally half his life coalition building and fighting the oppressive systems that have damaged indigenous Latin American communities.  David is incredibly knowledgeable and driven.  There are “blood free” diamonds, “fair trade” produce, and now, thanks to David and his team, there will be “equitable origin” oil.

For more on David Poritz, be sure to check out our interview and photo gallery, and for more Maingreen.tv awesomeness, check the site.


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Maingreen.tv is about supporting student creativity and facilitating collaboration using a contemporary, multimedia style of storytelling. We’re trying to harness all the energy, talent, and innovation we see each day on the Main Green into an online creative community.  Every week, we will be posting our favorite content from the previous week on BlogDH as a way of greater highlighting how amazing Brown students truly are.

Benz and a Backpack

Why we love them:

Pete & Steve (the two students behind Benz and a Backpack) are a great example of what happens when you find a passion and a good team or business partner. They love hip hop and as best friends found a way to merge their creative and entrepreneurial skills into a niche hip hop online market that was missing–not just the mainstream and not just the underground, they found a balance to satisfy both communities.

Brown students tend to be scattered with their hands in various activities. Pete and Steve were able to narrow to a very specific genre of music and create a business plan. Pete is a musician & a writer and Steve is an econ major with business skills. Together they have incorporated their hip hopping skills into becoming DJs, WBRU 360 directors, and the founders and executives behind Benz and a Backpack. Ultimately, they are living, eating, and breathing hip hop while still staying on top of their academic game.

For more on Benz and a Backpack, be sure to check out our interview and photo gallery, and for more Maingreen.tv awesomeness, check the site.