Economist conference preview, Rise of the Rest startups, the end of the middle class?

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha original A handy cheatsheet (and modest provocation) for The Economist’s annual impact investing conference. Impact investors have cheered the magazine’s interest as a British-accented signal that the new investment approach is ready for prime time. Among the weighty questions on the agenda: Can investors revive the American Dream? It will

Online matchmaking flops, Omnivore and Omidyar in India, Living Cities’ racial-equity lens…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices If matching investors and impact ventures online is such a good idea, why have so many efforts failed? The recent shuttering of ImpactUS is just the latest in a string of flops among online marketplaces for impact investments. ImpactUs, which offered investments in about a dozen ventures and community development

Pay-for-success budget, Calvert’s syndicated debt, uMunthu fund for Africa, Launch Tennessee

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha original The US government is again in the pay-for-success business. Slipped into the continuing resolution passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last week is $100 million for states and localities to use in programs that deliver higher rates of youth employment and high school graduation, and lower rates

The Brief’s Big Six: What’s an impact investment, Abraaj-Gates update, New Revivalists lens, East…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! In Latin America, what’s an impact investment? Earlier this week Magma Partners, a venture firm with offices in Los Angeles and Santiago, Chile, announced the close of its second, $15 million fund, to back early-stage fintech and blockchain companies in Latin America. Last year in a provocative ImpactAlpha post, Magma partner Nathan

Opportunity zones, Big Society’s community fund, credit in Brazil, Kenya’s impact glut

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The New Revivalists Turning capital gains into community investments. The Investing in Opportunities Act tucked into the recent US tax bill could draw billions of dollars in private capital to low-income communities in every state. Meet the policy wonks who made it happen. John Lettieri, a Republican, and Steve Glickman, a Democrat,

Transforming coal country, Sino-Latin America investing, emerging market for fintech, view from…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The New Revivalists Transforming coal country, one social enterprise at a time. Green-collar construction, agriculture, solar, arts and environmental rehabilitation. This isn’t Berkeley. It’s West Virginia — Brandon Dennison’s West Virginia. Dennison was born and raised in West Virginia’s coal country. He’s seen what happens to communities that depend on a single sector

Abraaj fund flap, Jibu’s water franchises, better small-biz lending, baby steps toward parental…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha original What we know about Abraaj’s $1 billion health fund and its dispute with the Gates Foundation and other investors. If Davos was the party, then the simmering dispute between the private equity investor Abraaj Group and some of its limited partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is