Monthly Archives: November 2012

Lifetime guarantee

18 months ago I got a fancy work bag as a gift.  Within a year, the little ring holding the strap to the bag broke; a few months later the second one broke. I finally made my way to their … Continue reading

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33 voices

Moe Abdou runs a site called 33 voices and he recently posted an interview we did there.  It was a far-flung conversation and Moe does the heavy lifting of boiling that down to 10 maxims – in addition to posting … Continue reading

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Investing in leaders and ideas

At the start of this year, I took on a new role at Acumen as our Chief Innovation Officer. Acumen’s mission is to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas.  The Chief Innovation … 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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What it feels like

Think about that moment when your Board members (hopefully) introduce you and your nonprofit to new potential donors.  What’s your caricature of that conversation between your Board member and your next big donor? My vote: “(whisper) Pssst.  C’mere.  There’s something … Continue reading

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Barbara Grant – Management Practices for the Social Sector

I admit it, going into an all-day training called “Management Practices for the Social Sector” I was feeling, uh, skeptical.  I’d heard great things from colleagues who’d done the training, but I was suspicious. Man was I wrong. Barbara Grant … Continue reading

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Bob Dorf – Two customers

Recently I, together with Acumen’s Global Fellows, had the chance to spend the day in a training session with Bob Dorf. Bob, together with Steve Blank (who writes a must-read blog), is the author of The Startup Owner’s Manual: a … Continue reading

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