Interviews with the leading impact investors and entrepreneurs who are using capital resources to create positive social and environmental change around the globe.
Rank #1: Jean Case on the Impact of Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Solving Grand Challenges .
Jean Case is the CEO of the Case Foundation and Chair of The National Geographic Society Board of Trustees. Currently an actively engaged philanthropist, investor and pioneer in the world of interactive technologies, her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. A passionate believer in all things digital and the amazing potential of technology to change the world for the better, the Case Foundation is recognized for its innovative efforts to address significant social challenges, harnessing the best impulses of entrepreneurship, technology and collaboration to drive exponential impact. In addition to her role as CEO of the Case Foundation and Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, Jean also serves on numerous other boards around the globe, all focused on the forefronts of innovation, diversity and the education of our emerging leaders. Jean has also repeatedly been recognized for her incredible work by a wide variety of organizations, receiving accolades such as top Business Women, "Most Admired Nonprofit CEO, and "one of the 9 Most Generous Tech Entrepreneurs" by Fast Company. Jean is also an active contributor to civil causes and Government. In June 2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the President's Council on Service and Civil Participation, and the Case Foundation is known for their work promoting an inclusive society. This conversation is a absolutely fantastic, as Jean and I talked about diversity in social entrepreneurship and impact investing, failure, innovation in government, the rise of conservation technology, the impact of millennials and much, much more. To anyone looking for a role model on how to think about impact, how to lead, or how to leverage your work for the greatest good, Jean is your woman. www.casefoundation.org www.impactinvestingpodcast.com Twitter: @jeancase @impinvpodcast @CaseFoundation Facebook: Case Foundation, Jean Case, The Impact Investing Podcast
Rank #2: IIP 009 - Will Morgan: The Impact of Defining, Evaluating and Measuring Impact Investment Portfolios.
I've had the great pleasure of speaking with many incredible people since I started this Podcast, and this month is no different. I'm calling it the Sonen series – and both episodes this month will be with leaders from Sonen Capital – an impact investing firm based out of San Francisco that I have great respect for. Sonen Capital is a specialized investment management firm dedicated to investors seeking financial returns with lasting social and environmental impact. They offer multi-manager, multi-themed investment solutions via pooled vehicles, portfolio strategies and customized mandates. Sonen is also a certified B Corp and GIIRS certified. Furthermore, they share an incredible amount of information and in my opinion, are top thought leaders in the public impact investing field. With quarterly market reports, white papers and investing strategy frameworks being published on their website – Sonen Capital aims to share their knowledge with all who want to learn. Our first episode this month is with Will Morgan - the Senior Impact Analyst at Sonen Capital who leads the effort to define, evaluate and report impact across Sonen’s public and private market investment strategies, and for some of Sonen’s most highly targeted and customized impact investment portfolios. Will provides top-down impact frameworks that inform the investment underwriting process, focusing on identifying thematic social and environmental outcomes and how those outcomes can be achieved through specific investment activities. As part of communicating the results of Sonen’s investments, Will works with underlying investments and managers to improve impact evaluation and measurement systems and processes to enhance the quality and depth of impact data reported to clients. Under Will’s leadership, Sonen integrates third-party ESG data into public markets investment impact evaluation, as well as other emerging industry standards such as GIIRS and the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). He was also one of the earliest practitioners of IRIS, and has helped some of the largest US and European-based foundations integrate IRIS into internal impact evaluation systems for both grant-based and corpus-based impact portfolios. In this episode we dive into wills background and how he go to where he I now, how it influenced his investment frameworks and decision processes, and how he is leading the way In defining and integrating impact investing into mainstream finance and much more. If you want to learn more about how to conduct impact investing through public markets – or are looking for some rock solid advice on being involved in the impact field, this interview is a must listen. Sonen Capital www.sonencapital.com Twitter: @SonenCapital LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-morgan-95ab371 Impact Investing Podcast www.impactinvestingpodcast.com Twitter: @impinvpodcast & @jwebking Facebook: Impact Investing Podcast
Next Economy Now highlights the leaders that are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to using business as a force for good. Popular guests include Winona LaDuke (White Earth), Rose Marcario (Patagonia), Daniel Goleman (author of "Emotional Intelligence"), Ed Whitfield (Southern Reparations Loan Fund), Charles Eisenstein (author of "Sacred Economics"), Kat Taylor (Beneficial State Bank), Nwamaka Agbo (Restorative Economics), Paul Hawken (author of "Drawdown"), and Rha Goddess (Move the Crowd). Learn more at www.lifteconomy.com.
Rank #1: Rose Marcario: Patagonia's CEO on Climate Change, Regenerative Agriculture, and Business for Good.
For the show notes (guest bio, summary, resources, etc), go to: www.lifteconomy.com/podcast
Rank #2: Tin Shed Ventures: Phil Graves on Patagonia's New VC Fund.
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Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) news and investment research brought to you weekly covering major market trends and new research insights. With topics ranging from climate impact on investment portfolios, corporate actions, trending investment topics, and emerging ESG issues, host Mike Disabato of MSCI ESG Research walk through the latest news and research that is top of mind for MSCI ESG Research clients and partners.MSCI ESG Research products and services are provided by MSCI ESG Research LLC, and are designed to provide in-depth research, ratings and analysis of environmental, social and governance-related business practices to companies worldwide. ESG ratings, data and analysis from MSCI ESG Research LLC are also used in the construction of the MSCI ESG Indexes. MSCI ESG Research LLC is a Registered Investment Adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and a subsidiary of MSCI Inc.
Rank #1: The Problems with ESG.
ESG critics and detractors might be right as we look at three big criticisms one by one: there's not enough good data (2:43), there's too much useles data (7:32), and the ESG rating built from the data are meaningless (11:07), all on the record. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
Rank #2: Indra Nooyi, and Why Diversity of Management Matters.
Longtime PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi... or one of few women CEOs?... steps down. We talk to Meggin Thwing-Eastman about why that matters. 'Another female CEO done' (0:36), board diversity and employee productivity (1:44), diversity as an investment theme (3:40), more data (6:17), and a little game (9:47), all on the record. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
Talks and lectures by leaders of social change, from Stanford Social Innovation Review (ssir.org).
Rank #1: 2011 Stanford Healthcare Summit.
Behavior change is a step-by-step process, and psychologist and innovator Dr. BJ Fogg guides designers and researcher with “The Behavior Wizard,” which maps routes to the 15 ways to achieve behavior change. With specific health targets, whether it be to “eat quinoa for the first time” or “to stop smoking permanently,” his model outlines techniques to stop or decrease behaviors that are unhealthy or start or increase more healthful habits. Fogg is the Director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford and has taught the course Creating Health Habits with Social & Mobile Technologies, where students gained expertise in using technology to create habits in everyday people. He speaks in the 2011 Global Health Series organized by the Stanford Global Health Center in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. https://ssir.org/podcasts/entry/b.j._fogg_2011_stanford_healthcare_summit
Rank #2: Promoting Health Through Weight Loss.
In the United States, 60 million adults are obese and 9 million children and teens ages 6 to 19 are overweight. Being too heavy increases the risk of health conditions and diseases. In this university podcast, Harvard business professor Leslie John reports on studies providing financial and social incentives to get people to lose weight. Using lotteries and monetary deposits as collateral, researchers got people to lose an average of 14 pounds over several months. Leslie John spoke at The Science of Getting People to Do Good, a Prosocial Briefing held at Stanford. https://ssir.org/podcasts/entry/promoting_health_through_weight_loss
Exploring the intersection of energy, finance, and innovation
Rank #1: Episode 54: Melanie Nakagawa.
This week on the pod we speak with Melanie Nakagawa, Head of Climate Initiative at Princeville Capital. Melanie previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation at the U.S. State Department (2015 - 2017) where she helped countries implement clean energy commitments and led engagements in high growth markets such as India and Morocco. Additionally, she served as a strategic adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, where she spearheaded engagements with the private sector that focused on climate investment and addressing climate change.Host Jon Powers speaks with Melanie about Princeville Climate, Princeville Capital’s fund which invests in growth-stage technology companies with a primary goal of having a positive impact on climate change in sectors such as Smart Grid, Advanced Mobility, Smart Cities, Industrial, Smart Agriculture and Resilient Health.
Rank #2: Episode 53: Mike Casey.
This week on the pod we speak with Mike Casey, president and founder of the cleantech public relations firm Tigercomm. Tigercomm has been involved in some of the most significant political and public affairs battles in the energy sector. Mike has a background in politics, having worked on the Dukakis (1988) and Clinton (1992) campaigns and later as Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Our conversation centers on the critical -- but often overlooked -- role that communications play in America's transition to a clean energy economy.
GreenBiz 350 is a weekly podcast taking you behind the headlines in green business. Original stories and interviews cover renewable energy, clean technologies, sustainable supply chains, cities, food, climate change and more.
Rank #1: Episode 66: Dispatch from the ARPA-E summit; GM's Maven shakes up ride-sharing.
On this week's podcast: The uncertain future of the DOE's advanced energy research and a growing regenerative-ag movement in Costa Rica.
Rank #2: Episode 198: About those SDGs, Kashi chats up Dow's packaging design studio.
Plus, how technology can be a tool for sustainability innovation.
Currents is a podcast published by Norton Rose Fulbright that features in-depth discussions on the latest developments in project finance. The podcast is hosted by partner Todd Alexander, who interviews key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space.
Rank #1: Ep77: Solar + Storage: A Look at the Market.
Fleming Ray, senior project manager, due diligence at DNV GL, joins us to discuss all things solar plus storage. We get into the federal and state policies surrounding the market, the outlook for the next five years, the core technical due diligence focus areas, the integration of battery testing results including DNV GL’s recently published Battery Scorecard, and more.
Rank #2: Ep47: Cost of Capital: 2019 Outlook.
It is the start of a new year. Interest rates are headed up in the broader market. Economists are split on where the US and global economies are headed. Share prices on world bourses took a beating at the end of 2018. On January 11, we had a conversation among a group of project finance industry veterans about what to expect in the year ahead for tax equity, bank and term loan B debt and project bonds.
Candid conversations with private equity and institutional real estate professionals.
Rank #1: How Partners Group Does Private Equity.
Andreas Baumann gives an inside look at the private equity investment process at Partners Group. The post How Partners Group Does It appeared first on Privcap.
Rank #2: Audax Group's Rehnert: 'What I've Learned'.
Audax Group's co-CEO on what he’s learned from doing 500 add-ons—and when Mitt Romney looked ready to wring his neck. The post Audax Group’s Rehnert: ‘What I’ve Learned’ appeared first on Privcap.
Origins is a podcast about Limited Partners, the firms and institutions that invest in venture capital funds. Through a series of interviews, we explore what has historically been an opaque corner of the startup ecosystem and learn how the people behind the capital make decisions. This podcast was created by Alex Lines and Nick Chirls, partners at Notation.
Rank #1: Mike Maples, Floodgate.
Mike Maples is the founding partner at Floodgate and has been on the Forbes Midas List since 2010. Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs, including Tivoli Systems (IPO TIVS, acquired by IBM) and Motive (IPO MOTV, acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.) Some of Mike’s investments include Twitter, Twitch.tv, ngmoco, Weebly, Chegg, Bazaarvoice, Spiceworks, Okta, and Demandforce. In this episode, we cover a wide range of topics, including Mike's decision to become a VC and how he raised Floodgate's first fund, how Floodgate's fund strategy and portfolio construction has evolved since, and how he and his partners think about building the firm in the years and decades to come.
Rank #2: Graham Pingree, Cendana Capital.
Graham Pingree is a limited partner at Cendana Capital, where he works with Michael Kim and invests in micro-VC funds. We discuss Graham's background working both at startups as well as firms such as Horsley Bridge and Cambridge Associates, and backing and working with funds such as Forerunner, Founder Collective, and IA Ventures.
The future of energy, transport, sustainability and more, as told by BNEF analysts. Each week, Mark Taylor and Dana Perkins sit down with Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) analysts to uncover the key findings and stories behind their latest research.
Rank #1: Who's Boring Now: Utilities vs Oil.
Oil has always carried with it the possibility of adventure and big wins to be had, and thereby a growth story for investors. Utilities, not so much. But we could be seeing the tables turn as there seems to be no shortage of oil, and the world is increasingly going electric. Could there be a swap of sectors in the dull club? This week on Switched On, we delve into that with Nathaniel Bullard, BNEF's Head of Executive Insights and author of a weekly opinion piece called Sparklines.This episode is based on the weekly Sparklines series from Bloomberg Opinion, by Nat Bullard.Or on Bloomberg Anywhere at NI BULLARD. Switched On is hosted this week by Mark Taylor and Dana Perkins.
Rank #2: The Hydrogen Economy: It's a Gas.
Hydrogen has been in and out of fashion several times over the years. But now its potential to decarbonize long-haul trucking, and industrial processes that have been hard to reach with renewables and batteries, mean hydrogen could be back for good.This week on Switched On we'll kick off the discussion about hydrogen with some basics, and start to get into the economics. We'll open the discussion with Albert Cheung, Global Head of Research for BloombergNEF who will introduce the topic and why BNEF is looking at it. Then we'll go into further detail with Kobad Bhavnagri and Martin Tengler about a report they wrote titled Hydrogen: The Economics of Storage. This report is the first in a series BNEF is doing on hydrogen, and can be found at: https://www.bnef.com/core/insights/21015BNEF clients can access this report on bnef.com or BNEF Mobile, or at BNEF on the Bloomberg Terminal. Switched On is hosted this week by Mark Taylor and Dana Perkins.
The Family Office Show is a weekly podcast dedicated to the family office industry. Within this podcast we explore ultra-wealthy, multi-family office, single family office, and even billionaire investment case studies and insights. Content includes interviews, recorded webinars, conference presentations and quick concise insights as well.
Rank #1: Multifamily Office Mandates: Hear from multifamily offices and wealth managers on how to build a portfolio for high-net-worth clients.
Richard Beleutz - Alternative Investment Resource Bill Levant - Arlington Family Offices Bogumil Baranowski - Sicart Associates LLC Elliot Dornbusch - CV Advisors Michael Pompian - Sunpointe Investments Norm Cook - Wealthstone
Rank #2: Investor Relations Success Stories: How 4 firms with momentum are raising $25M+ a year from private investors.
Podcast by Venture Studio. New York City Venture Capital (VC) and Angel Investing Interviews with host Dave Lerner
Rank #1: Ep 50 - Lylan Masterman - White Star.
Lylan Masterman is General Partner at White Star Capital where he leads the New York office. In this episode, Masterman discusses White Stars history and his approach to venture capitol investments. Masterman has an impressive technical background that informs his work and makes him a dynamic figure in the venture investing world. We learn about the impressive companies White Star Capital has backed and how Masterman has meticulously crafted successful venture investment teams. He talks at length about the various responsibilities of Board Members, successful relationship building within the realm of venture investing, and the importance for startups to have a strong finance leader. It was an illuminating and inspiring conversation that I’m excited to share this week. Show Notes:-The benefits of Transatlantic Investment -How co-lead investments can lead to successful ventures -Where Whitestar Capital is focusing there investments-How digitization of finance has influenced their investments-What disruption of commerce is and how they pursue companies engaging in it-Why Whitestar Capital is interested in companies that work on sensor and algorithm technology-Why Masterman decided to invest in the KeyMe company -The importance of Whitestar’s most recent investments in Drop, Mnubo, and Unicast -How Masterman got into VC investing with an educational background in math and computer science -The importance of a high functioning team and what a founder should do to create a successful company-How to conduct effective board meetings and maintain a good relation with the COO and CFO -What a good board meeting schedule is and how to find a rhythm-What good internal dynamics of a VC team look like-The benefits of having complimentary skill sets on a VC team -How to maintain valuable relationships across industries and borders -The importance of evaluating companies based on their location -How diversity of specialization in startups can be related to region and urban center Links Mentioned:https://whitestarvc.com https://medium.com@christianhern https://www.key.me https://www.earnwithdrop.com https://mnubo.com https://www.unacast.comQuotes:“Part of our DNA since day one has been to be TransAtlantic.” - Lylan Masterman“If your product can be used by clients across all the countries of the world, why would you want to ignore that addressable market.” - Lylan Masterman“We’re not afraid to go out and be the lead, but we also enjoy having another valuable investor.” - Lylan Masterman“It should always be about the CEO owning the decisions.” - Lylan Masterman “At White Star we have chosen to really get complimentary skillsets.” - Lylan Masterman
Rank #2: Ep 49 - Arne Halleraker - FJ Labs.
A Norwegian native, Arne joined the FJ Labs team in the spring of 2016. He lived in San Francisco for 1.5 years, where he was director of global partnerships for Telenor and focused on business development with Google [x].=====email@example.com fjlabs.com fjlabs.com/portfolio
Podcast by Harvard Innovation Labs
Rank #1: Harvard Innovation Labs Stories: Ben Pleat - Doorbell.
With his company Doorbell, Pleat is trying to build more connected communities for people who live in apartments and other similar complexes. Currently, Doorbell is testing its product in Downtown Worcester’s Grid District, trying to bring the up-and-coming urban area together through shared experiences rather than other means. It's quite a noble mission to focus on "in-real-life" community building at a time when other entrepreneurs are focused on growing digital user communities.This is a Harvard Innovation Labs Story.
Rank #2: Harvard Innovation Stories: A Founders' Love Story with Rong Xia and Will Guillaume Foussier.
When you set out to build a community of young innovators, sometimes magic happens. After all, nobody understands the crazy, stressful, hectic life of an entrepreneur like one of your peers. Harvard Launch Lab members Rong Xia (Raiing Medical) and Will Guillaume Foussier (Ace-Up) talk about how lending a sympathetic ear to a fellow entrepreneur led to empathy, understanding, and ultimately, love.
On Money and Meaning, we expand the conversation around impact investing, strategies to finance & support social change, unlikely partnerships across sectors, and how to utilize the tools of the capital markets for a greater good.
Rank #1: Investing for Racial Equity -- LIVE at SOCAP 365 in New York City.
Live panel from “Investing for Racial Equity” -- featuring speakers from Prudential, NYCEDC, Living Cities, Urbane Development, and Roosevelt Institute.
Rank #2: Inclusive Community Development and Opportunity Zones - Live.
For any community development initiative to achieve the desired positive outcomes, impact investors must design with communities instead of for them. Opportunity Zones, even with the recent criticism, are still seen as a way to drive investments that will build wealth and create social impact in marginalized communities. How can the great community development work that is being done at the local level be connected with big top-down policies like Opportunity Zones? This episode, recorded live in Baltimore, features a cross-sector panel of community leaders, investors, and OZ experts exploring inclusive community development.Featured voices include Pickett Slater Harrington of Joltage, Candace Chance of the Baltimore City Intergenerational Initiatives for Trauma and Youth (B-CIITY), John Brothers of the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, Ben Siegel of the City of Baltimore, and Elise Liberto of Brown Advisory.
Shedding light on the social finance space
Rank #1: Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Part 1.
The Wharton Social Impact Initiative advance the science and practice of social impact through research, consulting, hands-on training, and outreach. In Part 1 of this series, Jacob Gray from the Wharton Social Impact Initiative discusses the paper Great Expectations. Hosted by Jesse Simmons. http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/c4h329kix0hwcsq/FSIG%20Podcast%20%238%20pt%20I%20-%20Jacob%20Gray%2C%20Wharton%20Social%20Impact%20Initiative.mp3
Rank #2: Acumen.
Acumen is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty. Acumen raises charitable donations to make patient long-term debt or equity investments in early-stage companies that deliver affordable goods and services that improve the lives of the poor. Prerna Khanna, Senior Business Associate, joins the podcast to discuss Acumen’s model, history, and the beneficiaries it serves. Hosted by Jesse Simmons. http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/fwn9fuu1caft8sk/FSIG%20Podcast%20%237%20-%20Prerna%20Khanna%2C%20Acumen.mp3