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Business Solutions to India’s Poverty

Economists have it all wrong. The conventional definition of economic growth—increase in average per capita GDP—is irrelevant to people living in extreme poverty. If you’re one of 400 million people in India earning $400 a year or less and the board chairman of Reliance Industries earns $18 million, the fact that the average per capita

D.Light Raises $11 Million to Light Up Developing World

Like Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatApp, the announcement that d.light design has closed $11 million in new financing is a signal of Silicon Valley’s increasing interest in technology’s role in meeting the needs of emerging middle-class consumers in the developing world. Investors in d.light, which makes affordable solar lanterns, included Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a

D.Light Raises $11 Million to Light Up Developing World

Like Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the announcement that d.light design has closed $11 million in new financing is a signal of Silicon Valley’s increasing interest in technology’s role in meeting the needs of emerging middle-class consumers in the developing world. Investors in d.light, which makes affordable solar lanterns, included Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a

Bloomberg Jumps Into the Ocean — and Impact Investing

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a big splash in the oceans world recently with a $53 million commitment that put him among the top five funders of ocean restoration and sustainable seafood. No less significantly, the grant also makes Mr. Bloomberg one of the biggest supporters of impact investing. Attracting private capital to

Bloomberg Jumps Into the Ocean — and Impact Investing

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a big splash in the oceans world recently with a $53 million commitment that put him among the top five funders of ocean restoration and sustainable seafood. No less significantly, the grant also makes Mr. Bloomberg one of the biggest supporters of impact investing. Attracting private capital to

Mainstreaming Impact Investment Products and Services

Impact investing will struggle to gain scale and relevance without both the participation of mainstream capital markets and investment professionals and the expansion into more traditional and non-private financial products. A key step is to increase awareness by educating financial advisors and capital markets intermediaries about the opportunities for their clients in the impact investing

Mainstreaming Impact Investment Products and Services

Impact investing will struggle to gain scale and relevance without both the participation of mainstream capital markets and investment professionals and the expansion into more traditional and non-private financial products. A key step is to increase awareness by educating financial advisors and capital markets intermediaries about the opportunities for their clients in the impact investing
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