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Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

Note: this piece originally appeared on the HBR Blog. Impact investing has captured the world’s imagination. Just six years after the Rockefeller Foundation coined the term, the sector is booming. An estimated 250 funds are actively raising capital in a … Continue reading

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Quantitative Social Metrics for Impact Investing

I have this nagging feeling of an elephant in the room – in the room of impact investing, I mean. On the one hand, we’ve made tons of progress.  I don’t just mean progress in terms of more funds being … Continue reading

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How do I get a job in impact investing?

I had the chance to speak at the Wharton Social Impact Conference this past Friday.  It was fun, engaging, and energizing to see so many students so immersed in this space.  Indeed Wharton’s Social Venture Fund – I met the … Continue reading

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Impact Investing – From the Margins to the Mainstream

[Note: this post originally appeared on the Acumen blog] Today, the World Economic Forum (WEF) is releasing a new report titled, From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors.  The … Continue reading

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When Can Impact Investing Create Real Impact?

Paul Brest and Kelly Born recently published a fascinating article in Stanford Social Innovation Review called “When Can Impact Investing Create Real Impact?”   In additional to this article being very much worth the read as a major contribution to the … Continue reading

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An underdeveloped market for risk

So much of the conversation in impact investing is about returns: what are they, what should they be?  Now and in the future? Not so much talk about risk, though. It strikes me that in traditional investing, people are rewarded … Continue reading

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Below market

We have a major language problem in impact investing, one that speaks to how nascent we are in really understanding and segmenting our marketplace. The two main classification systems we have adopted are: “Finance-first” and “impact first,” formally coined by … Continue reading

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What it takes to build dreams – Part 2

Paula Goldman, Omidyar Network’s Director of Knowledge & Advocacy and co-author of the excellent “Priming the Pump” blog series made a very helpful and clarifying comment on the last post (emphasis added): Sasha, excellent post. I agree with you that … Continue reading

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What it takes to build dreams

I keep on bumping into the same parallel conversations around the future of the impact investing sector. With those in the trenches, what I hear continuously is that it is a long, hard slog.  That companies take a long time … Continue reading

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Two sigmoid curves

At this year’s opening keynote at the SOCAP conference, Katherine Fulton, President of the Monitor Institute, discussed the evolution of the impact investing sector since her last SOCAP keynote in 2007.  If five years ago the sector was all promise … Continue reading

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