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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

Will mobile-based remittances feed a $10 trillion market for bitcoin?

For many, bitcoin — a digital currency based on a decentralized ledger system called a blockchain (it’s complicated) — is the future of money. It has been the top-performing currency in six of the past seven years, and a single coin is, as of August 9th at 7:20pm PT, worth $3,366.05, or almost 1,346,420 times its initial market valuation of

Fintech startups are disrupting Mexican financial services by banking the unbanked

Financial technology, or fintech, startups offering digital payment, remittances and lending services, could capture 30% of Mexico’s banking market within 10 years, according to Finnovista, a fintech accelerator. Six in 10 Mexicans are unbanked. Financial exclusion is a problem but “also an opportunity,” Francisco Meré, the director of Bankaool, one of the first online-only banks

Grab to expand from ride-hailing to financial services

Singapore-based ride hailing service Grab is gearing up for a new round of fundraising to back a move into the financial services market, Reuters reports. Just over a quarter of Southeast Asian adults have bank accounts. Grab, which operates in seven Southeast Asian countries, already offers its drivers micro-loans and support in opening bank accounts. It