Jim Fruchterman founded the now 24-year-old social enterprise Benetech, a nonprofit tech company that focuses on developing technology for social good. Fruchterman has also launched a new initiative called Bookshare, which is a membership-only crowdsourced online library for people with disabilities.
Although Fruchterman has to wade the waters of legal challenges and backlash, his company’s work has significantly influenced the social entrepreneurial movement. He and his team are now able to get the World Intellectual Property Organization to adopt the “Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled” just recently. To have a more legal structure, Benetech is also adding a legal counsel to its team.