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Noun.  Shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness.

Classical economics teaches us that businesses have three factors of production -- land, capital, and labor.  While all three are essential to a triple bottom line, we focus on people and talent.

At Gumption Studios, we’re passionate about how people connect, collaborate, and create... together.  We believe strong and meaningful relationships enable leaders to transform local communities, global institutions, and individual lives for a more just and equitable society.  

In 2007, our founder, Julius Paras, took the road less traveled, leaving a comfortable Silicon Valley corporate life for a journey halfway around the world to mainland China.  The first item on his "bucket list" was to immerse himself in this new culture, from language and cuisine to geography and ethnicity.  This once-in-a-lifetime excursion led to his pursuit of other life ambitions, including competing in amateur athletic competitions to practicing meditation and yoga.  

In 2010, an opportunity to lead Stanford University's first alumni affinities program with the Stanford Alumni Association reawakened his enthusiasm for developing resourceful leaders skilled in making a positive social impact.  

In 2012, Gumption Studios was launched as an experiment in business consulting with a social conscience.  In our first year, we are honored to have worked with hundreds of individuals from high school students in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley to social entrepreneurs from around the globe to seasoned executives and elected officials in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Now, it's  your turn.


"The future depends on what we do in the present."

Mahatma Gandhi

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