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The Brief’s Big Ten: Perils and promise of impact investing

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief’s Big Ten 1. The continuing fallout from the dispute over the Abraaj Group’s finances. It started with questions from investors, including the Gates Foundation, about accounting in the Dubai-based firm’s $1 billion Growth Markets Health Fund. Now, the controversy has engulfed the $13 billion firm and the fallout continues. Among

South by Social, vegan dairy, incubating fintech, billion-dollar energy initiatives

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Feature: Impact Voices South by Social: Amy Bell’s guided tour of Austin’s impact entrepreneurship ecosystem. This week people from all over the country don their best hipster duds, dust off their cowboy boots and descend on Austin, Texas, for SXSW (pro tip: just call it “South by”). The smorgasbord of panels, films, events

Alternative credit scoring, direct investing in Philly, reducing investor bias

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Forget FICO: How alternative credit-scoring is driving financial inclusion around the world. Fintech startups are crunching call-logs, app installs and even punctuation to help more individuals and businesses get loans. The World Bank estimates that two billion adults do not have a bank account, let alone a FICO or

Jacob Haar: Financing the financiers expanding small-business lending in America

  • New Revivalist: Jacob Haar, managing partner at Community Investment Management
  • Place: San Francisco, California
  • Mission: CIM funds the loans of financial technology firms and other marketplace lenders to U.S. small businesses, particularly those owned by women, minorities or military veterans.

Enable Impact closes shop

After four years and two business models, founder Philip Berber is shutting down Enable Impact. Berber, who earlier sold his online brokerage startup CyBerCorp to Charles Schwab, initially sought to build a matchmaking site to connect impact entrepreneurs needing early- and growth-stage funding with investors looking for deals. “We had some success, and we did help

Aging rockers, an average movie and mostly Austrian philosophers join forces in The Brief Quiz №27

Welcome to the Quiz, our reprieve from a world with too much in the way of certainty and too little time for questions. We know we know nothing. What about you? Get The Brief, ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter. 1. Which of the following statements is not true: a. Smallholder farmers are investable.b. Current investments fall short of the