DBL Partners, Investor in Tesla and Solar City, Closes 3rd Fund at $400 Million

Want to spot the next Tesla? Watch DBL Partners. The “double bottom line” venture capital firm has closed DBL Partners III, its third fund, with $400 million in capital. The portfolios of DBL’s previous funds include some of the most successful social ventures to date, including Tesla Motors, Solar City, Revolution Foods and Ecologic. “The size

Chia Ting Ting: The Business Force Behind Malaysia’s Digital News Leader

Chia Ting Ting, the top advertising executive at Malaysia’s largest online news portal, appreciates something that many press advocates overlook: independent journalism requires financial independence as well. When Malaysiakini does a story on modern day slavery in Malaysia, for example, its newsroom is rightfully praised. Rarely acknowledged, however, are the behind-the-scenes staff that create the

Mayvenn Raises $10 Million from Andreessen Horowitz, Celebrities and Impact Investors to Streamline Hair Market

The U.S. market for hair, as in hair extensions and wigs, is a $5 billion a year industry. Mayvenn, an e-commerce startup based in Oakland, Calif., aims to put the hair experts — stylists — at the center of it. The company has closed a $10 million Series A round from an unlikely mix of mainstream,

Investors Target Growing Demand for Healthy, Sustainable, Tasty Fish

The hook is baited, and private-equity and venture-capital fund managers are reeling in capital to finance next-generation fish-farming enterprises across the country and around the world. Several dedicated funds are targeting aquaculture investments specifically. At the same time, many broader venture capital and private-equity funds, focused on food and agriculture and even technology, are adding

Unreasonable Institute Report Highlights Mosaic, MANA, Solidarium

MANA Nutrition delivers 500,000 packets of calorie-enriched peanut butter to malnutritioned children every day. Solidarium has equipped 25,000 artisans in Brazil to connect with buyers and corporate distributors. And Mosaic, the solar project financing platform, has raised a whopping $41 million. Those are some of the highlights of the new impact report from the Unreasonable Institute, a leading early-stage

How to Get a Sneak Peak at Sustainable Seafood Investments: Fish 2.0 Seeks Judges

Fish 2.0, the sustainable seafood business competition, is seeking judges and advisors to help identify the standout ventures that will present their business plans to investors and industry leaders at the final event at Stanford University in November. Judges and advisors, who must have five or more years of business or investment experience, get an

Now We Know Why She Swallowed a Fly: These Insects Feed Fish That Feed People

The idea of roasted, pulverized black soldier fly larvae may not make your mouth water. But farmed fish and other livestock are starting to feast on feed made from these fast-growing maggots, which means you’ll likely be eating more of them as well, at least indirectly. It gets even better: the black soldier fly larvae