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Solar Mosaic’s Social Returns Fill Market Gaps

Solar Mosaic Inc.’s successful fundraising from the “crowd” for solar-electricity installations in California last month demonstrated the real value a potentially large number of individual investors place on social returns and environmental benefits. The deals, which financed rooftop solar installations, were billed as pilot projects to test a promising financing model.  Over time, the model

Fish 2.0: Investing in Sustainable Oceans and Fisheries

The sorry state of the world’s oceans is creating investment opportunities in a range of enterprises that are pioneering the sustainable fishing industry of the future. The Pacific bluefin tuna population is down 96.4 percent. More than 85% of fisheries are being fished at or over their capacity. More than 100 species of fish are

Fish 2.0: Investing in Sustainable Oceans and Fisheries

The sorry state of the world’s oceans is creating investment opportunities in a range of enterprises that are pioneering the sustainable fishing industry of the future. The Pacific bluefin tuna population is down 96.4 percent. More than 85% of fisheries are being fished at or over their capacity. More than 100 species of fish are

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