Funds, Funds and More Funds: Obvious Ventures, Intel Capital, The Impact Investment Fund

Obvious Ventures closes $123 million fund for “world positive” companies.  Twitter co-founder Ev Williams’ new venture capital firm Obvious Ventures confirmed the close of its first impact investing fund. The fund raised $123,456,789 for what it calls “world positive” venture capital. “It’s the idea that world positive businesses have advantages in the market and can outperform their more traditional peers,” the firm states

Women are Hot…Investments

Janet Yellen, Christine Lagarde and a handful of U.S. senators notwithstanding, women are still underrepresented in the world of finance. So it was a reversal earlier this month to be one of the few men among nearly 100 women investors, wealth advisors, bankers and analysts gathered to reshape global financial markets through a “gender lens.”

Impact Investment Performance: Tiptoeing Toward Transparency

The recent release of details about the performance of several impact investment portfolios and funds is another step toward answering the question more and more investors are asking: Is impact a boost — or a bust — in terms of financial returns? “Institutional investors aren’t going to move on impact until they get more data,”

Impact Fund Invests in Aquaculture to Preserve Oceans

Within a few years, most of the fish we eat will be farmed, not caught. That could be a boon for already over-stressed oceans. But the worldwide explosion of aquaculture since 1970 has left its own trail of environmental destruction, from toxic concentrations of waste, to outbreaks of disease, to the continued over-harvesting of smaller

Impact Investors Fish for Deals to Save the Oceans

Investments in sustainable fisheries and ocean preservation ventures need to move from “uncoordinated innovation” to the “marketplace building” stage of development, with easy-to-understand and profitable models that can capitalize on growing interest from impact investors. That is the consensus of impact investors after a series of oceans-related panels and discussions at SOCAP13, the social capital

Unitus Makes Two Investments in India’s Workforce

India’s huge demand for skilled workers is creating compelling opportunities to invest in ventures with innovative ways to turn low-income and marginalized people into ready workers. That’s the thesis of Unitus Seed Fund, an investor in early-stage ventures aimed at India’s “base of the pyramid” that has closed two such deals in recent weeks. Unitus

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