One by one, states are adopting new legislation that gives corporate directors legal protections for making decisions to maximize stakeholder value in addition to shareholder value. These new corporate structures are spawning an ecosystem of entrepreneurs and investors eager to build firms that simultaneously scale profits and social or environmental impact.
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It looks like GM is playing an important role in the growth of RelayRides, which announced earlier this month that it is expanding its service nationwide. And the question that comes in mind is why GM is doing it? Did the company forget it makes money from selling more cars, not less? Here are four possible explanations for GM’s growing involvement with the peer-to-peer sharing service.
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved legislation that will legalize crowdfunding and allow the general public to make equity investments in start-up companies and small businesses.
RentStuff.com, a new “access economy” startup, allows you to rent your things to others and make money. According to the site, it’s a “marketplace where you can rent *almost* anything.” If you’ve ever been in a situation where you needed a four person tent and ended up buying one on Craigslist because you didn’t want … Continued
Made from 92% bamboo, the new iZen keyboard and iPad stand has the potential to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by reducing our consumption of plastic. That’s great, but how many green products have we seen that fail the ultimate consumer test: they forget to include aesthetics, so only the most dedicated greenies purchase … Continued
Crowdfunding via sites like Kickstarter has proven both popular and a viable way to get new products created. But what happens when the lights go down on the fundraiser campaign? TinyLightBulbs aims to be a hub to sell such products
5 types of metrics – Health, Wealth, Earth, Equality, & Trust – are frequently ignored in financial reports & by traditional stock analysts. These metrics are seen as “soft” when they actually relate to “hard” value.
As Founder and Editor in Chief of a blog about green business marketing, I’m intrigued by social entrepreneur success stories and have been engaging in conversations with successful triple bottom line businesses on secrets to success. Of the many green businesses that have crossed my desk at Green Marketing TV, I love the story of … Continued
Last month at the White House’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Summit for Global Development, UnderSecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property David Kappos launched a novel program created by the USPTO called the Patents for Humanity Challenge.
What’s life like for female entrepreneurs in the male-dominated tech industry? Find out, in our report from a SXSW panel moderated by Kara Swisher.
A running theme at this year’s SXSW that we deliberately sought out was the Access Economy. I had a chance to talk to Alex Stephany, COO of a UK startup called “ParkAtMyHouse.com”. The self explanatory URL is simple – allow people to make extra money by renting out excess parking space they might have at their residence. I sat down briefly with Alex, to learn more.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that “collaborative consumption” is all the rage. Housing, transportation, service, or old clothing — they’ve all got peer-to-peer marketplaces. What challenges is the industry facing? What problems do you have to solve to be successful?