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Is the social impact bond market half-billion full or empty?

The more than 100 social impact bonds launched in the past eight years have mobilized more than $400 million in total and touched more than 700,000 lives in two dozen countries. Is that a lot, or a little? In roughly the same time period, “green bonds” issues have reached more than $120 billion per year. Social

BlackRock podcast, Indie.vc’s burning unicorn, tablets vs. recidivism, journalism is impact

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Returns on Investment Podcast BlackRock to CEOs: Get a long-term purpose, stat! It was the letter read ‘round the world. The annual letter from BlackRock CEO Larry Fink sent corporate chieftains scurrying to their investor and public relations managers to find a purpose, and fast. The latest episode of ImpactAlpha’s Returns

BlackRock to CEOs: Get a long-term purpose, stat! (podcast)

It was the letter read ‘round the world. The annual letter from BlackRock CEO Larry Fink sent corporate chieftains scurrying to their investor and public relations managers to find a purpose, and fast. The latest episode of the Returns on Investment podcast pulls apart not only Fink’s letter, but the strong reactions to it. Corporate raider

Bryce Roberts and Tim O’Reilly: VCs that help startups raise revenues, not rounds

  • New Revivalists: Bryce Roberts and Tim O’Reilly, co-founders, Indie.vc.
  • Place: San Francisco Bay Area
  • The approach: “It’s not how fast you grow, but can you grow sustainably. This focus on operating businesses that make early revenue is a really fresh idea in Silicon Valley. But it’s a really old idea in the real world.”

Cape Town offers an urgent test case for investments in water

Cape Town has just over two months of water reserves left for its four million residents. In the third year of a severe drought, the city has become a global symbol of the imminent threat of climate change, as city officials scramble to prepare for “Day Zero.” Locals complain that clear warnings of a crisis

Investors wake up to a $2.3 trillion opportunity in sustainable food and agriculture

A 2015 report cast the opportunity to secure the world’s food supply by 2030 as a $2.3 trillion annual opportunity that could create 80 million jobs, 90% of them in developing countries. Areas of opportunity included better fertilizers, improved data analysis, sustainable production and aquaculture, innovations in food processing and logistics and reductions in food waste.

Freeformers raises £1.2 million to support workforce development

Freeformers, a London-based startup, offers training and coaching to help job seekers “increase their chances of being employable, successful and productive in a digital world.” The £1.2 million ($1.7 million) investment was made by impact investment firm Impact Ventures UK. Freeformers partners with large companies like Barclays and Tesco, a supermarket chain. It offers free training