Individuals with must-follow Twitter feeds for Impact Investing.

  • @ab_noble – Abigail V Noble, Head ofImpact Investing at World Economic Forum (@WEF@davos)
  • @ABLImpact – Antony Bugg-Levine, CEOof Nonprofit Finance Fund (@nff_news)
  • @adamspence – Adam Spence, Founder of the @theSVX and Associate Director at MaRSCentre for Impact Investing (@MaRSDD )
  • @BlendedValue – Jed Emerson, Impact Investing and Entrepreneurship Thought Leader
  • @cathyhc – Cathy Clark, Director, #CASEi3 Initiative onImpact Investing
  • @franseegull -Fran Seegull, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, ImpactAssets (@IAimpactassets )
  • @HarveyKoh – HarveyKoh, Director, @InclusiveMkts part of Monitor Deloitte
  • @ImpactInSight – BenThornley, Director, InSight at Pacific Community Ventures (@PCVtweets)
  • @jnovogratz – Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of @Acumen
  • @LisaGreenHall – Lisa Hall, Impact investing expert, former Chief Strategy Officer Calvert Foundation (@calvert_fdn)
  • @pdgoldman – Paula Goldman, SeniorDirector at @OmidyarNetwork
  • @pierre – Pierre Omidyar, Founder of @OmidyarNetwork

Social Impact Investing Will Be The New Venture Capital

Originally posted by the Harvard Business Review.

“During the past century, governments and charitable organizations have mounted massive efforts to address social problems such as poverty, lack of education, and disease. Governments around the world are straining to fund their commitments to solve these problems and are limited by old ways of doing things. Social entrepreneurs are stultified by traditional forms of financing. Donations and grants don’t allow them to innovate and grow. They have virtually no access to capital markets and little flexibility to experiment at various stages of growth. The biggest obstacle to scale for the social sector is this lack of effective funding models.

But the problem is not money, per se. Take a look at the social sector in the U.S. There are $700 billion of foundation assets, and 10 million people working for non-profits. These are huge numbers. Yet there are massive inefficiencies in capital allocation. Too often donors starve organizations and entrepreneurs by refusing to cover overhead. This makes it impossible for social organizations to scale. Interviews conducted in 2000 by the Social Investment Task Force in the United Kingdom, revealed what most nonprofit leaders already know: Almost all social sector organizations are small and perennially underfunded, with barely three months’ worth of working capital at their disposal. And that hasn’t changed in the last 12 years.

Compare that to the world of venture capital. If a business entrepreneur came to us with a plan for growing a new business without spending a penny on overhead, we would show him or her the door. Why should it be any different for a social entrepreneur?

Read the complete article here. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution
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Central to this revolution are emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligencerobotics, the Internet of Thingsautonomous vehicles3D printing and nanotechnology.

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