Markets for Good: Put Your Data Where Your Mouth Is (2)

Closing the Deal It’s one thing to advocate for greater transparency to accelerate the marketplace for private investments that deliver positive social and environmental impact along with financial returns. It’s another thing to make it happen. As we explored the terrain of impact investing for Impact IQ, the startup media platform I founded last year,

Markets for Good: Put Your Data Where Your Mouth Is (1)

Open Data to Fuel Impact Investing I’m an old-school journalist steeped in the timeless wisdom: follow the money. So when I assigned myself in 2012 to cover impact investing, I wanted to know who was making bets on what, and how they were working out. To my surprise, there was no daily, weekly or even

Unitus Seed Fund: Seeding Startups at the Base of India’s Pyramid

A team of technology veterans has raised $8 million for one of the first funds making early-stage investments in companies meeting the basic needs of low-income customers at the base of India’s economic pyramid. The commitments, including from billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, will launch the Unitus Seed Fund, which is looking for startups providing

Seeding Startups at the Base of India’s Pyramid

A team of technology veterans has raised $8 million for one of the first funds making early-stage investments in companies meeting the basic needs of low-income customers at the base of India’s economic pyramid. The commitments, including from billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, will launch the Unitus Seed Fund, which is looking for startups providing

Yellow Brick Road to the Impact Economy

I’m from San Francisco, not Kansas, but when I stepped off the elevator at the Lexington Avenue headquarters of Bloomberg LP, it felt like Oz. Around the soaring 6th floor atrium, no walls or receptionists guard the newsrooms. Senior executives hold meetings on a Big Pink Couch.  Billionaires like Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, visiting

Morgan Stanley Thinks Bigger…and Here Comes CalPERS

Morgan Stanley and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) have taken important first steps to institutionalize a role for capital that, above and beyond maximizing financial returns, includes delivery of measurable, positive social and environmental benefits. The importance of the developments cannot be understated. Morgan Stanley is one of the largest wealth management companies

“Missing Middle” Capital for Social Enterprises in Mexico

Mexico faces a shortage of 7 million homes for families at the bottom of the income scale. Barely 2 percent of Mexican students have access to college loans. Rodrigo Villar sees these as opportunities as much as problems. Villar has just closed on the first $15 million (of a $20 million goal) for the launch