After 100 early-stage deals, Village Capital takes aim at later and larger investments

  • Village Capital is aiming to take its model up on the capital continuum. Victoria Fram, managing director of VilCap Investments, says the firm is planning to raise a later stage fund, likely with a U.S. focus.

Hiding in plain sight: More than 100 funds that are investing in the creative economy

  • If you think “arts and culture” when you hear “creative economy,” you’re not thinking big enough.
  • Think creative places, ethical fashion, impact media, sustainable food and other creative businesses. The creative economy is a $768 billion market in the U.S. alone, where it accounts for 10 million jobs.

Customer survey data that makes it simpler to embrace the complexity of impact investing

  • Jessica Kiessel cut her impact chops conducting randomized control trials on global development programs for Innovations for Poverty Action, the research organization known for its rigorous evaluations. Now she’s tasked with evaluating the impact of products and services of early-stage firms and other companies in the Omidyar Network portfolio that are tackling challenges in education, financial services and citizen engagement.