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Nutriati raises $8 million to produce plant-based protein

Startups developing new plant-based proteins raised $78.2 million in 2016, according to AgFunder News. The latest: vegetarian “foodtech” startup Nutriati, based in Virginia, which closed an $8 million Series A funding round. The backing came from the food venture fund of London sugar company Tate & Lyle, as well as PowerPlant Ventures, Blueberry Ventures, and NRV. The funding

Score one for gender wage transparency: Starbucks says it pays women equally

Starbucks says it pays women equally. Starbucks’ disclosure follows a proxy ballot measure on gender wage transparency filed by Arjuna Capital, a Starbucks shareholder. In its report, Starbucks says it pays comparably-skilled male and female employees within 99.7 percent of each other. That’s at the far end of the retail bell-curve. On average, women in retail

Milken’s impact disruption, Starbucks’ gender pay (non)gap, a second look at Ford’s big shift…

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original The impact disruption hits the Milken Institute Global Conference. The $12,500 ticket (at the low-end) kept away most customers, workers, citizens and millennials. But such stakeholders were on the minds, or at least the lips, of the heavily male global financiers and power brokers “at Milken” in Beverly Hills this week. The customer

The impact disruption at Michael Milken’s annual conference

The $12,500 ticket (at the low-end) kept away most customers, workers, citizens and millennials. But such stakeholders were on the minds, or at least the lips, of the heavily male global financiers and power brokers “at Milken” in Beverly Hills this week. The customer / worker / citizen / millennial / female ferment for free speech,

A second look at the Ford Foundation’s big shift toward impact investing (podcast)

https://medium.com/media/2465e78044a0d145faf1cfc4b60408cc/href Ford Foundation president Darren Walker broke through a barrier of sorts recently with the announcement the foundation would commit $1 billion from its roughly $14 billion endowment to so-called mission-related investments (see, “Ford Foundation to tap endowment for $1 billion to fight injustice and inequality”). That it would make news that a foundation, especially

Blockchain startups make it cheaper to send money across borders

First came mobile phones and digital money. Now comes blockchain and digital-only currencies to further cut costs of cross-border remittances. A new crop of startups are taking aim at the $429 billion remittance market dominated by Western Union and MoneyGram, and in particular their high fees — an average of 7.45 percent per transaction (to be fair,

Impact investment and philanthropy are no substitute for federal affordable-housing funds

Lack of affordable housing isn’t just a gripe among residents in hyper-expensive markets like San Francisco; it is a problem in every U.S. county, according to a report by the Urban Institute. A rise in private and philanthropic investment strategies targeting preservation and new construction of affordable housing is helping low and middle income families