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Unreasonable Institute Report Highlights Mosaic, MANA, Solidarium

MANA Nutrition delivers 500,000 packets of calorie-enriched peanut butter to malnutritioned children every day. Solidarium has equipped 25,000 artisans in Brazil to connect with buyers and corporate distributors. And Mosaic, the solar project financing platform, has raised a whopping $41 million. Those are some of the highlights of the new impact report from the Unreasonable Institute, a leading early-stage

Here Comes Crowdtrading: Robin Hood Raises $50 million

Photo Credit: Nestor Lacle Move over crowdfunding. Robin Hood is taking its zero-fee stock trading platform global with $50 million in follow-on funding. Robin Hood is opening the stock market floodgates to the “crowd,” and particularly to the Millennial generation that has little patience for $7.99 fees and $500 minimums. US Trust Insights on Wealth

Tech Moguls Bet on AltSchool to Transform Education

AltSchool has a big new vision for schools and now it has $100 million to roll it out. The financing comes from Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, Andreesen Horowitz, EBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Omidyar Network and others, another sign of the surge of tech investors into education. Ed-Surge reported that $1.36 billion went into

Warby Parker Raises $100 Million for Bricks and Mortar Expansion

Neal Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker, has long said that calling the designer eyewear company an “e-commerce brand was too narrow a definition.” He demonstrated that this week, raising $100 million to expand the company’s physical locations.  The financing valued the company at a cool $1.2 billion, according to theWall Street Journal. The growth of

Indian Jobs Marketplace Babajob Attracts Follow-On Funding

Babajob, an India-based, informal employment platform, has raised second-round funding from Seek Ltd., one of the largest global employment marketplaces. Babajob, founded in 2007, connects workers to jobs as delivery staff, office helpers, drivers, cooks, maids, security guards, and more. Seek, based in Australia, joins initial investors Khosla Impact and Gray Ghost Ventures, which invested

Giant BlackRock to Roll Out Impact Investment Products

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with $4.65 trillion under management, said it is developing “scalable, innovative investment solutions that also meet clients’ desired societal outcomes.” It named Deborah Winshel, formerly of the Robin Hood Foundation, as the first head of BlackRock Impact. “Many clients are looking for investment opportunities that advance social and financial