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Can Software and Social Impact Learn to Speak the Same Language? 

Many Silicon Valley companies try to help social-impact organizations by donating products or technical assistance. But techie types and mission-driven groups have often had trouble connecting. Some of the gaps emerged at this week’s Data on Purpose/Do Good Data conference at Stanford University. Representatives of LinkedIn, Splunk and Tableau Software touted their data-crunching abilities and

B the Change Media shutters B Magazine

B the Change Media is shuttering B Magazine. The March print edition of B Magazine will be the company’s last. The quarterly social business journal, with 7,000 subscribers, was a spinoff of B Lab, the Wayne, Pennsylvania nonprofit that issues “B Corp.” certifications of businesses’ social and environmental performance. Bryan Welch, CEO and publisher, told

Agora Partnerships stocks the pipeline of Latin American social business startups

The incoming class for Agora Partnerships’ accelerator program includes 31 companies from 12 countries in Latin America and Caribbean, including one from Haiti. Major themes include urban innovation, health access, ethical fashion, water and sanitation, clean tech, education for all and sustainable food and agriculture. This year Agora is adding training around the UN Sustainable Development

Billion-dollar firms tap talent

San Francisco-based Impact Community Capital, a $1 billion investment firm backed by leading insurers including Allstate, MetLife and State Farm made interim chief Jeff Brenner its permanent chief executive. ICC finances housing, community healthcare facilities and childcare centers in low-income communities across the U.S. Global impact investor Oikocredit, the Dutch lender to microfinance institutions worldwide with

New Summit Investments launches as impact arm of Arjuna Capital and Baldwin Brothers

New Summit Investments has launched as the impact arm of Arjuna Capital and Baldwin Brothers. The joint venture of the two wealth management firms will help clients integrate impact into their portfolios. Bill Marvel and Alex Lamb will lead the Marion, Massachusetts venture, which will “target the same risk/return characteristics as other geographically diversified strategies.”

Is NBA star Chris Paul the new face of affordable housing?

Turner Impact Capital sure loves celebrities. Actress Eva Longoria is an investor in its impact fund for affordable and workforce housing, while former tennis champ Andre Agassi partnered with the firm on a $400 million charter school fund. Now, L.A. Clippers’ guard Chris Paul is investing his dollars and fame to help Turner’s Multifamily Impact Fund

How investors can help rebuild communities with muni bonds

Municipal bonds are a $3.7 trillion market, and lately, they’re attracting record investment dollars. But what’s the impact? HIP Investor offers impact scoring for muni-bonds and other fixed-income investments, while Activest is trying to build a funding stream for promoting policy reforms. They’re needed: In many cities, muni bonds are underpinned by jail bonds and fines that