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ReadyForZero Launches Assault on Credit Card Debt

We don’t normally write about traditional tech companies such as those that launch out of Y Combinator, a seed stage accelerator program that funds and helps entrepreneurs launch web companies. But one recent Y Combinator (YC) company showed up on our radar and there is a great story behind it that can’t be found on … Continued


Will Money Talk? Banks Shy from “Dirty” Projects

One of the biggest breakthroughs in the area of corporate social responsibility came when major corporations looked at their social and environmental impact beyond their own doorstep and thought about their supply chains. Major brands with global networks such as Nike, Starbucks, Coca-Cola and Walmart made positive changes in where their goods were made or … Continued


If Natural Gas Can Be Grown on Farms, Can We Also Drill For Broccoli?

This turns out to be a good time for Luca Technologies, a new startup to show up on the scene. Luca has developed a new bio-process for growing natural gas in abandoned coal mines. They do this by injecting, water, microbes and nutrients into dried-up coal bed methane wells. Makes Disposable Look Unfashionable

Since its founding in 2002, has grown 1200%, and reported revenues of US$6.2 billion in 2008. As of April 2010, the firm estimates it has saved consumers from disposing over 850 million items.


Once Again Fossil Lobby Tramples Clean Tech Startups

The year was 1978. Jimmy Carter was president. The air was abuzz with the promise of solar energy. No pollution, no oil to run out of, no imports, no OPEC. We hadn’t even heard of global warming yet, but it was still a great idea. Fast forward to 2010. Once again there is a Democrat in the White House. And with the startling realization that man-made climate change has become the biggest threat to our way of life and our future, the air is once more abuzz with talk of renewables. But this time, instead of giving up the White House to an oil-obliged president, we have an oil-obliged Senate that refused to pass a much-needed Comprehensive Climate and Energy Bill. As a result, this summer could spell doom for more fragile green seedlings.

The bio-plastic frisbee from Ethix Ventures, approved by Cosmo

Ethix Merch Pairs Unions with the Environmental Movement

Ethix Merch, which started in 2002, matches over 100 factories with clients that are seeking friendlier alternatives to the laser pen or plastic keychain. Where Ethix Merch steps away from its competition is that its staff works with its clients in choosing the best possible chotskies for that gig, taking into account budget, environmental considerations, and social consciousness into account.

Bag Monsters invade San Francisco to support CA AB 1998, the California Single-Use Bag Reduction Act

Bag Monsters Take Over San Francisco to Support Plastic Bag Ban

This weekend, ChicoBag kicked off its nationwide Bag Monster tour in San Francisco. The goal: bring an to end to single use plastic waste. A Bag Monster, an invention as crafty as ChicoBag’s patented product itself, is a costume made of 500 plastic bags, the number an average American uses yearly. With many companies and … Continued

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Calling All Hot, Rich, and Green Women Entrepreneurs

Over the weekend, I read an inspiring book entitled, Hot, Rich, and Green: The Secret Formula Women are Using to Get Rich and Save the Planet. Rebecca Harrell Tickell, the author, gave a copy of her book to me last week. We met spontaneously in a parking lot in Venice, CA, where I was admiring … Continued

Ex-Im Bank Financing Boosts Dirty Energy Projects

The Sierra Club is on the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s case for subsidizing fossil fuel projects around the world at the expense of clean energy projects as part of its huge portfolio of loans and loan guarantee programs. Ex-Im Bank’s activity comes despite pledges from the Obama Administration to phase out financial support for polluting projects. … Continued

Could the SEC Benefit from Crowdsourcing?

Marcia Kramer Mayer and Paul J. Hinton of NERA Economic Consulting suggest that the SEC require investment advisors to report quarterly their assets under management, using an account code. Custodian banks in turn would report the quarter-end numbers of their advisors; clients, meanwhile, would have the option to enter their collective asset value of their investments.

B1G1 Worlds First Giving Business Card

B1G1: How To Make Your Business Card Stand Out, Usefully

Business cards. Try as we might to digitize the process of exchanging contact information, the ritual of exchanging business cards lives on. For many of us, we hand them out early and often, resulting in a pile of post conference cards sitting on our desk. Unless you’ve got a sharp memory or had a sharp … Continued

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Want to Start a Green Business? Consider an Upcoming Boot Camp

In partnership with TriplePundit, Scott Cooney’s is hosting a Social Entrepreneur Boot Camp in San Francisco August 21st-22nd. The intensive two day workshop will help attendees get their dream green business off the ground. Attendees will come in with an idea, and leave with the tools and training they need to make it happen. … Continued


Venture Capital, Meet Human Capital

Is it the new widget or new idea or the people behind the new widget or new idea that really excites venture capitalists? Virtually every company says its success hinges on the people they employ. And of course it’s people first, then planet and profit in the triple bottom line. What is not entirely clear … Continued

Capital Markets for Social Good Soon to Launch in Asia

Social entrepreneurship has taken off in these regions, but enterprises tackling challenges from health care to microfinance struggle because they do not have the access to capital to expand their operations. The Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), based in Singapore, will try to change that, offering a hand up, not a hand out, to organizations who need funding.