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Philanthropy doesn’t scale

Philanthropy does an amazing amount of good in the world.  However, when philanthropy finds a solution to a problem, the solution only scales through yet-more philanthropy.  In contrast, when a for-profit company finds a solution, the profits from the solution pay for more. In a world where 7 billion people have access to a Coke within a half day’s walk, the same should be true for clean...

Measuring the impact of a whole portfolio

It is reasonably easy to measure the impact of any one impact investment.  But as soon as you have two impacts in two different sectors, adding them together into a single value becomes a challenge.  Or was… until the invention of the Pinchot Impact Index.  This index provides that elusive single value, trackable over time just like the financial bottom line. This webinar explains the pros...

You are doing it wrong… investing in startups without waiting for exit

Impact investors face a startup market that has few acquisitions, fewer IPOs, and is filled with entrepreneurs who liken selling their companies to selling out. How can investors earn a reasonable/market-rate return given these realities? This webinar will share a series of alternative investment structures used to create a return on investment without a traditional exit. More webinars at fledge...

Winning AND LOSING the war on (global) poverty

Hans Rosling has a great new talk on global poverty (with even better graphics than his first TED talks).  As always, he tells a great story.  However, in his five minutes he explains what happened over 215 years, but doesn’t provide any analysis.  Most importantly, he doesn’t point out that we are not only winning this war on global poverty, but at the same time losing. The story...

The Social Entrepreneur podcast

The Social Entrepreneur podcast is for aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs; and for those who want to make an impact on the world. Stories about the grand challenges in the world and the solutions that they are creating. Listen to the interview on Stitcher or Soundcloud or download it on iTunes. Links to the talks and companies mentioned in the interview: 1st Fledge Demo Day, 50 years...

Assuming everyone wants an exit

The last time I presented at an event for investors, the first five people all asked me the same question, “Any exits yet?” The more years I spend focusing on revenue-based investing, the more that question is getting on my nerves.  Perhaps some of that is on me, as the talks I give are generally titled “Investing without Exits” or “Alternative Exits” or...

The Responsible Capitalist & Entrepreneur

Carol Sanford, host of The Responsible Capitalist Podcast, talks to Luni Libes, a serial entrepreneur and Entrepreneur in Residence at Pinchot where he teaches entrepreneurialism.  His latest venture is Fledge, is a social business accelerator and investment vehicle. This Responsible Capitalist podcast talks to him about how he selects applicants and his methods for determining whether or not an...

5 Learnings from SOCAP14

Another year, another 2,200+ impact investors, foundations, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs gathered together at SOCAP, the social capital conference, the intersection of of money + meaning.  With up to 11 simultaneous sessions over multiple days, plus a dozen scheduled meetings, and two dozen unscheduled, I barely scratched the surface of the event.  In this post, I summarize a few of my...

Investing without Exits @ SOCAP14

Early stage impact investors face a market that has few acquisitions, fewer IPOs, and is filled with entrepreneurs who liken selling their companies to selling out. How can investors earn a reasonable (or market rate) return? This workshop will share the investment structure used by Fledge – the conscious-company accelerator – as a framework for discussing and sharing our ideas for investing in a...

Prepping for SOCAP14

Time again for the annual visit to San Francisco to attend and present at SOCAP, the social capital conference.  Once again this year, I’ll be running a workshop, “Investing without Exits“, Wednesday, 2:20pm in the Fleet Room. Early stage impact investors face a market that has few acquisitions, fewer IPOs, and is filled with entrepreneurs who liken selling their companies to...

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