Impact Investing

Impact investing seeks to make a positive impact by investing in social enterprises and startups.

081, Zuleyma Bebell, ImpactAlpha | The TechCrunch and CrunchBase of Impact Investing

ImpactAlpha provides business reporting in the area of impact investing. ImpactSpace is an open data platform providing information for the impact investing marketplace. It’s easy to see why people compare these two platforms to TechCrunch and CrunchBase. The goal is to grow the impact investing space. ImpactSpace first came to my attention when NextBillion (Episode 54) announced a media partnership (announcement here). ImpactSpace is quickly becoming the standard profile source for thousands of companies and investors. There you can find the profiles of over 6,000 impact companies, more than 2,000 impact investors and more than 3,000 impact deals. Zuleyma Bebell began her university career thinking that she was going to…

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081, Zuleyma Bebell, ImpactAlpha | The TechCrunch and CrunchBase of Impact Investing

#MoneyMonday in May

You are a conscious consumer. You buy local, authentic and fair-trade goods. You use your dollars to try to create the kind of world you want to live in. But what about where you bank or how you invest? Here’s the truth: If you have assets, including a savings or checking account, your assets are having an impact. The only question is, are you being conscious of the kind of impact your assets are having? You’ve probably heard about impact investing, but you have questions. What exactly is impact investing? (It’s thinking about the social and environmental impact that your assets are having) To make an impact, do I have to…

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#MoneyMonday in May

078, Amit Bouri, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) | The Conscious Investor

Impact investing is always happening, whether we think about it or not. If you put money in a bank account, the bank uses your money and there is an impact. If you invest in the stock market, even if you invest in an index fund of all stocks, your money is still making an impact. The only question is, are you consciously choosing the kind of impact that you want to have. Consumers are waking up, becoming conscious of the impact of their spending in alignment with their values. Millennials are choosing to work in jobs that are more closely aligned to their values. In the same way, investors are…

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078, Amit Bouri, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) | The Conscious Investor

066, Andrew Stern, Global Development Incubator | Think Differently About Impact

Think Different. You probably remember that as an Apple motto. But Andrew Stern of Global Development Incubator (GDI) applies the think differently model to the social impact space. It takes a different kind of thinking to apply the incubator model to nonprofits, but that’s what GDI does. You have to think differently if you want to help social enterprises go from startups to scale, but that’s what GDI does. You have to think differently about multi-stakeholder initiatives in which philanthropists, government agencies and private organizations team up take on Sustainable Development Goals. Again, that’s what GDI does. One of the initiatives GDI launched in 2016 is Convergence. Convergence is a…

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066, Andrew Stern, Global Development Incubator | Think Differently About Impact

033, Cathy Clark, CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing | Leading at the Intersection of Ideas, Organizations and Capital

Cathy Clark first came to my attention as the coauthor of the book The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism. However, as she tells me in this interview, she had an early start to social entrepreneurship. Cathy grew up in inner city Philadelphia. While still a high-school student, she helped her father create a program that prepared students for college. Through this experience, she learned that social outcome is the result of a well-run organization. Through her career she has had stops at the Aspen Institute, Markle Foundation, Flatiron Partners, Columbia University and the Investor’s Circle, to name a few. Today, Cathy is the Director of…

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033, Cathy Clark, CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing | Leading at the Intersection of Ideas, Organizations and Capital

026, Joseph Sanberg, Aspiration | Build Trust by Doing Good

Confidence in many institutions has been falling – Congress, churches, and, financial institutions. More than 90% of Americans surveyed do not trust the Financial Services industry to have their best interests in mind. And, it’s no wonder. When I say Financial Services, what images come to mind? For many people, they think of scenes from the financial crisis that began in 2008. They can see massive layoffs, failing businesses and millions of foreclosed homes. What they don’t picture is, financial institutions reaping the consequences of their misbehavior. There were no Bernie Madoff-style perp walks or massive fines. Barclay’s bought Lehman Brothers. Bank of America bought Merrill Lynch. Wells Fargo took…

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026, Joseph Sanberg, Aspiration | Build Trust by Doing Good

Pitch Me

I am often approached by early-stage entrepreneurs who want something from me, whether they are looking for quick advice, mentoring or an investment. I noticed that I was writing similar emails again and again. Eventually I copied and pasted the emails into a Google doc. When someone would contact me, I would send them a link to the Google doc. This helped clear up a lot of misperceptions. I also noticed that the quality of the pitches I was hearing was going up. So, I decided to turn this advice into a blog post (you’re reading it). Social Entrepreneurship Ideas If your business has a strong social or environmental impact,…

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