Funds, Funds and More Funds: Obvious Ventures, Intel Capital, The Impact Investment Fund

Obvious Ventures closes $123 million fund for “world positive” companies.  Twitter co-founder Ev Williams’ new venture capital firm Obvious Ventures confirmed the close of its first impact investing fund. The fund raised $123,456,789 for what it calls “world positive” venture capital. “It’s the idea that world positive businesses have advantages in the market and can outperform their more traditional peers,” the firm states

Real Deal No. 3: Getting Impact Investments Done (Buyer’s Remorse or Investor’s Delight?)

For some early-stage ventures, a small loan at the right time is more valuable than a large investment (which may take months). In the third and final installment of The Real Deal: Getting Impact Investments Done, David Bank of ImpactAlpha hosted Joe Demin and Rachel Connors of Yellow Leaf Hammocks, a social enterprise that creates livelihoods and social justice

Real Deal No. 2: Getting Impact Investments Done (Coming to Terms)

The second episode of Impact Alpha’s three-part Real Deal webinar series, “Getting Impact Investments Done – Coming to Terms,” explored how investors and entrepreneurs can work together to create simple, efficient financing agreements that meet the needs and interests of both parties. Listen to the replay of the 30-minute show. Joining David Bank, editor of

Real Deal No. 1: Getting Impact Investments Done (Four-Hour Due Diligence)

The first episode of the #RealDeal series explored ways impact investors can speed due diligence and deliver added value to their entrepreneurs, multiply their impact — and perhaps have more success themselves. The show sparked a lively debate on LinkedIn about whether “Four-Hour Due Diligence” can join the Four-Hour Workweek or the Four-Hour Body as

Unitus Impact Invests to Improve Lives of Asian Factory Workers

Workers in Asian factories are rarely the subject of good news. Unitus Impact is trying to change that with investments that go the source of most of the controversy: corporate supply chains. The impact venture capital firm’s Livelihood Impact Fund made two investments in companies that leverage the supplier networks of multinational companies to improve the

Eyes on the Horizon: ImpactAlpha’s Cliff Notes to the GIIN-JPMorgan Annual Impact Report

Latin America and energy are hot. Microfinance? Not. As for social impact bonds, it’s too early to tell. We read Eyes on the Horizon, the fifth annual state-of-the-impact-market report from the Global Impact Investing Network and JP Morgan, so you don’t have to. The bottom line: More investors, more assets, flat commitments. Investors are pleased

British Invasion: Bridges Ventures Invests in Springboard Education in America

The U.K.-based private equity impact investment manager Bridges Ventures is investing in Springboard Education in America, its first U.S. deal after opening an office here last year. Bridges, a pioneer impact investor on the U.K. scene, was founded in 2002 and now has more than $800 million under management. Its founding chairman, and current advisory board