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Solar subsidies

Why Solar Needs a Climate Bill

One Block Off the Grid, recently ran an article asking What if Solar Power had Fossil Fuel-like subsidies? The answer would involve a ratio of 72 to1, which is how fossil fuel subsidies compare with solar today. From an average taxpayer perspective, that means that over the past five years, you would have contributed $521.73 … Continued

Scaling Impact Investing Part 2: Large Raises

While the field of impact investing started small, it has been gaining momentum in recent years.  With increased scale has come increased interest on behalf of larger institutional investors who realize the potential returns available in this space.  Initially, large raises were focused on microfinance with its proven returns.  Several companies, including Ignia, Elevar Equity, … Continued


Fail Fast, Fail Cheap…or First, Go to FailCon

By Linda Chang With its compelling basic premise, FailCon has made a memorable mark on the conference scene. Most of the time, conferences are about best practices and success stories. But behind all that success is a fair share of failure. So what gives? How do you know what it really takes? And how do … Continued


Fundraising for Small Business–Where to Go?

Banks, Venture Capitalists, and Angel Investors are arguably harder to access than ever for a small business owner.  Startup?  Forget about it.  Banks won’t touch you. So where do you turn?  Jenny Kassan, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, suggests five underutilized financing strategies, as well as attempting to tap into the 96% of equity floating … Continued


Can Capitalism Reach the Poorest of the Poor?

Abby Callard, Beyond Profit This is the first post in a three week long series from Beyond Profit and Triple Pundit that will explore innovative business models aimed at tapping the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) market. More than 3 billion people worldwide live on less than US$2.50 a day—less than a morning coffee at … Continued


Scaling Impact Investing Part 1: High Engagement Approaches

The conversation at this year’s Social Capital Markets conference in San Francisco was “what’s next;” how do we bring impact investing into the mainstream?  During her opening keynote, Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen Fund stated that while there have been 192 new social impact funds created in the last 3 years, impact investing is still a … Continued


Startup Pitch: Bolder’s Doing Good Drives Engagement and Sales for Companies

Ed Note:We’re trying something new with Startup Friday – a sponsored start-up pitch. These are companies that trust our readership to judge their big idea. Learn more about sponsored pitches here, and please let us know what you think of our concept, as well as our inaugural pitcher, Bolder below… Bolder is a new start-up, … Continued

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Social Entrepreneurship in the Era of Burning Man

By Erica Frye The most interesting story about innovation and social entrepreneurship I found at West Coast Green was not in a scheduled program, but a side conversation with James Hanusa of Burning Man. Not being a Burner, I was unaware of the social initiatives generated by the Burning Man organization and community, and it … Continued

Accountability for “Idle” Cheap Debt

Corporations are obtaining cheap debt, yet such easy money is not spurring the economy.  Rather companies are stashing their borrowings, rather than spending them.  Money is allegedly sitting unproductive rather than going towards job creation.  Are corporations to be held accountable for such (in)actions? Borrowing and Holding Capital is not Saving Capital Before we answer … Continued

Zimride Merges Social Networking and Carpooling

Welcome to Zimride. The Bay Area-based firm builds relationships with universities and corporations, and hosts social networking sites that seek to match commuters who are willing to share a car to reach their destinations. The results: reduced emissions, less traffic, and increased social skills: after all, some people actually meet their Facebook friends in person.

Wind Data Collection Becomes More Affordable for Smaller Developers

You’ve heard of solar leasing programs for energy-conscious, yet budget-constrained, consumers. Now comes a leasing program to give wind-power developers the financing flexibility they need to acquire wind-energy technology regardless of the size of their project. Second Wind, a maker of wind measurement systems for the wind power industry, has introduced a leasing program for … Continued


Whip Bikes: Innovative Bike Sharing Model Launches in UK

Car sharing has gone from hippie practice to popular carless urbanite tool of choice, courtesy companies like Zipcar, with old guard companies like Uhaul joining in. But what about bikes? What about when you’ve got an errand that’s a little too long for a walk, but driving would be frivolous? Various bike sharing businesses have … Continued


Get Your Green Company Into the Classroom: The Lexus Eco Challenge

How can your company get involved in promoting sustainability for the next generation? Lexus seems to have gotten it right with its “Lexus Eco Challenge.” While Lexus has established itself as the leading luxury green automotive line, it is also a leader in developing a stellar environmental educational program for students in the K-12 system. … Continued