A proposal for Jeff Bezos, an immigrant workforce bond, the new energy outlook, Brief Quiz №19

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic $30,000 and a platform: How Jeff Bezos and Amazon can revive small businesses and farmers. Yesterday Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to solicit ideas on how to give away his billions. Today, Amazon, the company that made Bezos a billionaire, bought Whole Foods, the high-end grocer that Bezos says makes

#EconImpact in London, $20 million for vertical farming, impact in family offices, impact…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: #EconImpact in London In the future all investing will be impact. The Economist magazine put on its second impact investment gathering in a London still reeling from this week’s Grenfell Tower fire and recent terrorist attacks. Takeaways from the event: “Increasingly ‘impact’ is a measure of externalities embedded. So in the future

Growth capital for growth markets, social impact incentives, gender-lens opportunity

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic A new model for equity growth capital for the world’s poorest countries. Helping the world’s poorest countries move out of poverty requires more equity growth capital from private investors. Today, there are only five local private-equity funds in the world’s 23 poorest countries (one in the Central African Republic, one

100th Brief, green Apple bond, Goldman’s NextEra climate move

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief №100 Blow out the candles. Today’s 100th issue of The Brief is itself a #Signal. When we launched ImpactAlpha, skeptics doubted deal activity in the impact investment marketplace would be robust enough to warrant daily coverage. You put that to rest. Since January alone, we’ve rounded up more 300 deals,

Asia’s social economy, LatAm tech startups, workforce week, Pittsburgh to Paris

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original “There has been a bottom-up movement across Asia.” The growing social-impact economy in places like Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar has grabbed the attention of governments in the region. Education remains a hot investment sector in China. Environmental investments lag across the region. Human rights, democracy promotion and political freedom

Big Society’s big stake, higher-ed capital gap, time travel is subversive, this week’s quiz

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Brief Quiz №18 From 2017 to 2030 — and on to 2063. Are you keeping up with the week’s impact investing news? Has impact investing in emerging markets veered off track? What’s Japan’s SoftBank up to? Name the 2030 goal that was the focus of the United Nations this week? Beyond 2030, what about

Impact’s annual report card (podcast), NatGeo’s endowment investing, Fellow Travelers Part 3

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Returns on Investment podcast Impact investing gets a B+ on its annual report card. The topline number of $114 billion in impact assets under management got most of the headlines, including from ImpactAlpha, after the release last month of the seventh annual impact investor survey from the Global Impact Investing Network.