The Brief

ImpactAlpha's newsletter, The Brief, provides daily news and actionable intelligence for those building an inclusive, resilient and prosperous future.

Past Issues


Mar 28, 2017 - California as climate’s keeper, trillions in sustainable assets, famine demands food system-change

Mar 27, 2017 - Catholic capital, the impact water market, population dividends from girls’ education

Mar 24, 2017 - Green bond frenzy, turning coal mines into batteries, AI-enhanced jobs, and this week's quiz

Mar 23, 2017 - Can impact investing scale? funding early-stage funds, where the American dream still lives

Mar 22, 2017 - Beyond aid, climate action as economic stimulus, can AI help Johnny learn?

Mar 21, 2017 - Tale of two impact summits, BlackRock’s green bond, decoupling growth from carbon, AI’s solutions for the poor

Mar 20, 2017 - $200 million biotech fund from Gates Foundation alumni, CDFI Fund on the chopping block, AI’s impact in 2030

Mar 17, 2017 - Buffett’s advice (for foundations), Tanzania is buzzing with entrepreneurs, rural America’s newest cash crop, The Brief Quiz

Mar 16, 2017 - Democratizing impact investing, Leapfrog by the numbers, the futures of food

Mar 15, 2017 - Underground economics, SOCAP’s new owners, stepping up universal education

Mar 14, 2017 - Skilling up youth, Google bends toward justice, startup scenes between the coasts

Mar 13, 2017 - Capria’s global seed-fund network, Congo Basin fund, the middle-class world of 2030

Mar 10, 2017 - Elon Musk on the hook, zebras are real, this week’s Brief Quiz

Mar 09, 2017 - Reframing the healthcare debate, world’s first SDG bond, sustainability unicorns

Mar 08, 2017 - Follow the women, funds focus on female founders, that girl on Wall Street

Mar 07, 2017 - Global goals take hold, farmers unite for lower prices, driving “good density” in California

Mar 06, 2017 - Beijing’s electric taxi swap, ‘socially responsible’ securitization, inclusive fintech funds

Mar 03, 2017 - Working capital for Latin American women, India’s 2030 moonshot, The Brief Quiz (No.4)

Mar 02, 2017 - Silicon Valley’s diversity debt, soil restoration notes, Asia’s 2030 labor imbalance

Mar 01, 2017 - Financing conservation, Red Bull’s social accelerator, impact “inventing”

Feb 28, 2017 - Private investment for distressed communities, Mideast startups, ending malnutrition by 2030

Feb 27, 2017 - Buffet champions ‘tide of immigrants,’ healthy food for all, stranded Saudi assets

Feb 24, 2017 - The Brief Quiz (No.3), finance for America, Africa’s 2030 advantage

Feb 23, 2017 - Raising Zuck’s bet on ‘global community’, sustainable real assets, Islamic finance for the 2030 goals

Feb 22, 2017 - Year of the oceans, AXA’s diversity dividend, food giants tap healthy-food startups

Feb 21, 2017 - MacArthur’s moonshots, Bloomberg takes on immigration, the growth market in women’s equality + ImpactAlpha’s latest podcast

Feb 17, 2017 - The Brief Quiz (No.2), M-Pesa’s new competitor, will Unilever’s sustainability plan survive?

Feb 16, 2017 - Civic tech in Latin America, basic income in Kenya, India’s middle-class in 2030

Feb 15, 2017 - New York and Mexico draw impact investors, a blueprint for sustainable seafood, saving children’s lives

Feb 14, 2017 - Who’s who at the Economist’s impact investing conf., organic product supply lags demand, Mexico’s homegrown VCs

Feb 13, 2017 - Immigrants and the American economy, impact investing’s woman in the White House, boom time for urban planners

Feb 10, 2017 - The Brief Quiz (No.1), indoor farming for jobs, Alibaba goes global with MoneyGram

Feb 9, 2017 - Six impact investing opportunities, Nigerian social enterprises, the long-term pay off

Feb 8, 2017 - Capitalism at a crossroads, coders go to school, the Republican carbon tax

Feb 7, 2017 - Renewables are no longer alternative, Hong Kong fund bets on women, a snapshot of U.S. inequality

Feb 6, 2017 - Welcome to The Brief, first benefit corp. IPO, a comeback for blood diamonds?

Feb 3, 2017 - Young, local and social in Latin America; CEOs feel the heat; (social) business schools

Feb 2, 2017 - Disrupting carbon, Japan’s impact bank, the startups making cities smarter

Feb 1, 2017 - Women’s health investment gap, ACLU goes to startup school, agtech market cools

Jan 31, 2017 - Micro-franchise job creators, the low-carbon future, housing gets impact investment

Jan 30, 2017 - Biz backs immigrants, Pakistani diaspora investors, femtech funding tops $1 billion

Jan 27, 2017 - Impact media merger, Musk prods Trump on carbon, Mexico’s middle class

Jan 26, 2017 - Universal owners, African private equity’s promise, a Pinkubator for women-focused startups

Jan 25, 2017 - Transit’s double dividend, Chan-Zuckerberg’s first acquisition, how to create rural jobs

Jan 24, 2017 - The Norway model, HTC’s impact fund, a Soros startup for refugees

Jan 23, 2017 - Trump's impact challenge, China's green bonds, global goals hot spots