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The Brief

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

Past Issues

 

Jun 22, 2017- Impact IPO in London, affordable housing for teachers, U.S. economic mobility, root causes and global goals

Jun 21, 2017- Social progress index, vision finance, investing in HENRYs, the heat is on

Jun 20, 2017- Robo-investing in refugees, climate-resilient housing finance, alternative capital in Africa, moving beyond meat

Jun 19, 2017- New SOCAP, fintech and media startups, energy & prosperity, passive impact investing

Jun 16, 2017- A proposal for Jeff Bezos, an immigrant workforce bond, the new energy outlook, Brief Quiz №19

Jun 15, 2017- #EconImpact in London, $20 million for vertical farming, impact in family offices, impact management’s one-stop shop

Jun 14, 2017- Growth capital for growth markets, social impact incentives, gender-lens opportunity

Jun 13, 2017- 100th Brief, green Apple bond, Goldman’s NextEra climate move

Jun 12, 2017- Asia’s social economy, LatAm tech startups, workforce week, Pittsburgh to Paris

Jun 09, 2017- Big Society’s big stake, higher-ed capital gap, time travel is subversive, this week’s quiz

Jun 08, 2017- Impact’s annual report card (podcast), NatGeo’s endowment investing, Fellow Travelers Part 3

Jun 07, 2017- Q&A with Annie Chen, from ride-hailing to financial services, Fellow Travelers Part 2

Jun 06, 2017- Small-biz investing in emerging markets, Fishpeople’s $12M catch, the Silicon Valley of sustainable finance

Jun 05, 2017- Oceans on deck, indoor farms in the Mideast, Asia’s hotspots, a merchant bank for social ventures?

Jun 02, 2017- Climate market signals, Rise Fund’s new institutional investor, neighborhood finance in Detroit

Jun 01, 2017- Trump abdicates climate leadership, seed fund for sustainable fashion, impact investing’s market builders

May 30, 2017- Nominate now for GSG Honors, Reid Hoffman’s big bet, transcending Trump on climate, Nordic solutions

May 26, 2017- Follow Friday, impact exits, sustainable food system investing, this week’s quiz

May 25, 2017- Impact investing in South Korea, small is beautiful in East Africa, global goals begin at home

May 24, 2017- Debate night, African agribusiness loans, microfinance for refugees, renewable jobs

May 23, 2017- Getting down with the SDGs (podcast), fintech and urbantech, Etsy’s purpose

May 22, 2017- Israeli tech for impact, Saudis back women’s fund, Islamic finance for inclusive development

May 19, 2017- Africa’s women entrepreneurs, SOCAP’s Good Capital Project, how to thrive in 2030, this week’s Brief quiz

May 18, 2017- Shareholder majorities for climate accounting, Morgan Stanley’s fund of funds, “big push” for Central America agtech

May 17, 2017- $114 billion in impact assets, third Rise Fund deal, forests as a climate solution

May 16, 2017- Private equity looks to SDGs, Emerson Collective backs Neighborly, A16z backs OpenInvest, sleeping giants

May 15, 2017- Impact signals for venture capitalists, the Dells drop another $1B, Obama wants digital citizens, SDGs for corporations

May 12, 2017- J.P. Morgan re-ups in Detroit, racial-justice lens investing, a Philippines poster city for the SDGs

May 11, 2017- $191,919,191 is Obvious, lessons from the Middle East, the inclusive ag opp, ROI podcast takes on Bono

May 10, 2017- The sustainable ETF boom, Latin America’s growth in growth-stage, global goal progress

May 09, 2017- KKR bets on Indian housing, Africa’s fintech big bang, meeting 2030 jobs goals

May 08, 2017- Catalytic seed funding, a moonshot for U.S. entrepreneurship, making democracy work, feeding China

May 05, 2017- Tipping point for impact?, M-KOPA’s 500,000th customer, financing Myanmar’s women entrepreneurs

May 04, 2017- Rise Fund investment No. 2, good jobs policy, tapping growth-market entrepreneurship

May 03, 2017- Abraaj’s long-term strategy, Calvert does syndication, benchmarks for real assets

May 02, 2017- Milken’s impact disruption, Starbuck’s gender pay (non)gap, a second look at Ford’s big shift (podcast)

May 01, 2017- Bond market in community development, Acumen’s off-grid solutions, blockchain for remittances

Apr 28, 2017 - Bringing microfinance back, CZI and Gates Foundation team up, rural economics in the West

Apr 27, 2017 - Why cut OPIC?, art entrepreneurship, the business case for shareholder activism

Apr 26, 2017 - Rise Fund’s debut deal, Builders bridges growth-stage gap, clean energy’s human rights risks

Apr 25, 2017 - Paygo’s global investors, guaranteed impact, the $100 billion aquaculture market

Apr 24, 2017 - Small farmers, big impact; measuring forest sustainability; IKEA goes social, Apple goes recycled

Apr 21, 2017 - Earth finance, Water.org’s third fund, Juiciero’s food for thought, the Brief Quiz #11

Apr 20, 2017 - Flint’s ROI miscalculation, IIX does debt, a lab for SDG finance, global elections

Apr 19, 2017 - More on the Trump Effect, BIMA’s meteoric growth, first deals on ImpactUs, Agora’s variable-payment loans

Apr 18, 2017 - Action trumps politics on climate, big-ticket social impact bonds, rethinking the meaning of work

Apr 17, 2017 - Danone’s public benefit corp., startups tackle affordable housing, three keys to energy for all

Apr 14, 2017 - Frontier media investments, VilCap seeds Indian jobs startup, New York’s free college plan, Bono said what?

Apr 13, 2017 - Impact investing in the Trump era, smart scooters in India, reorienting around results

Apr 12, 2017 - Agents of Impact, Generate Capital banks solar+storage, civic capital for modern infrastructure

Apr 11, 2017 - Risk’s impact makeover, Acumen loves India, ending AIDS by 2030

Apr 10, 2017 - #SIChallenge winner, a microfinance do-over, where Tesla lags, water exposure

Apr 07, 2017 - Education in Brazil, when and how to play climate, Africa’s renewables potential, this week’s quiz

Apr 06, 2017 - Omidyar Network’s global trust fix, scalable refugee solutions, business in the resource-scarce future

Apr 05, 2017 - Ford Foundation taps endowment for impact, Colombia’s jobs bond, arts and culture are investable

Apr 04, 2017 - Pfund and Bank, Kenya’s mobile-money infrastructure bond, Oxfam’s proposal

Apr 03, 2017 - BlueOrange launches in Latin America, fact-check tech is a thing, lost lives from clean energy retreat

Mar 31, 2017 - Energy storage is on, emerging markets in the U.S., the architecture of 2030, this week’s Brief quiz

Mar 30, 2017 - Women rising in India, Skoll Awards’ first for-profit, climate catastrophe of 2047

Mar 29, 2017 - Tale of two economies, a $500 million "social bond", Exxon’s plea to Trump

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