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Why Small Businesses, Not Big Companies, May Be the Future of Employment

President-elect Trump has claimed some high-profile job wins with big companies. But the future of employment is in small businesses. Carrier, Fiat, Ford and others have all recently pledged to create or keep jobs in the U.S. “I think a lot of industries are going to be coming back,” Trump declared at his press conference.

Paying for success in asthma and homelessness prevention and early childhood education

Three new grants will help develop “social impact bonds” in Utah and South Carolina. The Nonprofit Finance Fund has awarded $650,000 to design and structure the deals, in which private investors get repaid if the projects meet specific targets — and save taxpayers money. NFF has distributed $3.4 million in grants to develop pay-for-success projects on behalf

SOSV raises $150 million for “real world” products

The venture capital firm, which runs its own startup accelerators, will invest its haul in companies targeting medical devices, robotics, food and life sciences. SOSV has backed 500 companies including MakeBlock, Clara Foods, NextThingCo, FormLabs, and Greenblender. The IFC, the Lemelson Foundation, the Russell Family Foundation and individual investors backed the firm’s third fund. Photo credit: FOOD-X.

Companies close in on zero waste to landfills

Climate Finance Subaru’s U.S. manufacturing plant and two plants in Japan reuse nearly everything; they haven’t sent waste to local landfills in 20 years. All but three percent of components in Subaru cars can be recycled and reused. Is it a coincidence that Subaru has among the best profit margins the industry? Sierra Nevada diverts

Future of Education: Give your bot an apple

The future of education may be bots beamed by video that can give you full attention, learn your study habits and teach you at four to 10 times the rate of traditional teachers. “I’ve been predicting that by 2030 the largest company on the internet is going to be an education-based company that we haven’t

Technology will make agriculture better…and more sustainable

Moisture sensors, drones, smart irrigation, terrain contour mapping, self-driving and GPS-enabled tractors. Tech innovations can help farmers feed 9.7 billion by 2050. Investors plowed $1.75 billion into agtech companies in the first half of 2016 to help farms use less water, fewer pesticides and fertilizers and more sunlight.

UBS recruits James Gifford as impact investing strategist

The big Swiss bank has brought on the founding executive director of United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Investing and former head of impact at TAU Investments as its senior impact investing strategist. UBS says more than one-third of its assets, or nearly $1 trillion, are in sustainable or impact investments. Gifford will work with ultra-high