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SoCap Recap: It Takes a Village…Innovation From the Ground Up

The following is a panel summary from a session in the International Development track at SoCap10, the Social Capital Markets conference exploring the intersection of money and meaning. It is provided as both a record of the information disseminated at the session and an opportunity to continue the conversation. SoCap10:  International Development Track Fort Mason, … Continued

SoCap Recap: Taking It to the Next Level…Designing to Scale

The following is a panel summary from one of the sessions in the International Development track at SoCap 2010, the social capital markets conference. It is provided here as a both a record of the information disseminated during the session and an opportunity to continue the conversation. SoCap10:  International Development Track Fort Mason, San Francisco … Continued

Greening the BRIC panel at GoingGreen 2010

Thinking about investing in GreenTech Overseas? Set up a Joint Venture

By Connie Kwan China’s announcement of their $4 billion yuan stimulus package for GreenTech last year cast the spotlight on GreenTech overaseas.   Due to lack of existing infrastructure, the adoption of GreenTech can happen much faster overseas than in the US.  How can investors participate in this booming sector?  This was the question explored at … Continued


When it Comes to Alt Energy, the US Military Doesn’t Care About Opinion Polls

It was all over the news last week… With recycled — yet catchy — titles like “The Military is Going Green” and “For the U.S. Military, it’s Easy Being Green,” the world learned that the military’s dependence on fossil fuels has become a strategic nightmare. Of course, for those who are regular readers of these … Continued

VCs, Start-Ups and Others Converge To Talk Green Tech

By Ellisa Feinstein GoingGreen Silicon Valley conference, a two and a half day conference which started last night, comes on the heels of President Obama’s declaration that clean energy technologies and jobs “are essential for the country’s environment and economy.” With leading and emerging clean technology companies, luminaries and venture capitalists, leading the charge, the … Continued

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.