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After Paris: How Can Impact Investors Play the New Carbon Economy? (podcast)

Climate-change deniers seem to be shifting from “It’s not real,” to “It’s too late,” as suggested by a recent Wall Street Journal editorial. But even the Journal allowed “What will help is human invention and the entrepreneurial spirit.” So can’t we all just get on with meeting the trillion-dollar challenge and seizing the opportunities for a

Debating Mark Zuckerberg’s Bold Bet on an Un-Foundation (podcast)

A couple announcing the creation of a new legal structure a week after the birth of their first child usually does not draw global headlines. But the launch of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, LLC, continues to reverberate. In this week’s Returns on Investment Podcast*, I am joined by Imogen Rose-Smith, senior writer at Institutional Investor,

DBL Partners’ Nancy Pfund: Spotting the Next Tesla and Solar City (podcast)

When Nancy Pfund‘s DBL Partners recently closed its $400 million third fund, ImpactAlpha wrote, “Want to spot the next Tesla? Watch DBL Partners.” In her podcast interview with ImpactAlpha, Pfund discusses new investments from Tanzania (Off Grid Electric) to San Francisco (Advanced Microgrid Solutions). Hint: Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity, is on the board of

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Finance Both For-Profit and Non-Profit Solutions

A new crop of billionaire activists are signaling that they’re going to use all the tools at their disposal to tackle challenges from climate change to income inequality. Those tools include not only grants and advocacy, but high-impact private investments in companies, funds and high-leverage mechanisms such as loan guarantees and first-loss protections for commercial investors. The

Equilibrium’s Dave Chen: Pension Funds Tipping Toward Sustainable Investments (Podcast)

The tipping point toward sustainability as a truly compelling investment thesis won’t come until pension funds and other institutional investors start to write checks of hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. That day may already have come, says Dave Chen, CEO of Equilibrium Capital in Portland, Ore., which counts pension funds as investors

Cornerstone’s Erika Karp: Corporate Sustainability = Corporate Excellence

Erika Karp is an accidental “sustainability” investor. As managing director and head of global sector research at UBS Investment Bank, she already was used to asking executives questions about supply chains, political risk and financial controls. Those kind of questions are at the core of ESG — for environmental, social and governance –investing. “It is