Essence Ventures’ first investment is in Mayvenn’s hair-products platform

  • Mayvenn's success highlights both the financial and impact potential of businesses driving efficiency and transparency in what Impact America's Kesha Cash calls “billion-dollar pain points” in overlooked and marginalized communities. 

Rael raises $17.5 million for organic menstrual products

  • The $23-billion-and-rising market is still dominated by manufacturers like Kimberley–Clark, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson. But companies like Cora, Lola, and now Rael, are tapping into women’s growing concerns about the chemical additives and environmental sustainability of their menstrual products.

Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for Nov. 9

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! “Follow the talent” is one of our mantras as ImpactAlpha covers the daily beat of impact investing. Smart, passionate Agents of Impact are driving change within their organizations and across financial markets. You might call such people a collection of leading indicators. Now, we’re rounding up our daily Follow the Talent section

How investors can drive the shift from shareholder primacy to stakeholder capitalism

  • Sure, automation and the gig economy can undermine quality jobs with good wages, reliable benefits, advance opportunities and paths to ownership. Likely more culpable: Short-term investment strategies that pressure companies into squeezing workers and disgorging cash.