(almost)Every week at Invested Development we scan the web for articles that relate to what we do and what we like. This week we read a lot about… well, we read a lot.  

Five Winners Announced in Google’s $10 Million Contest to Change the World
Finally after two years, Google has announced five winners of their $10 million challenge. The five projects combined will receive a total of $10 million to fund their ideas.

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(almost)Every week at Invested Development we scan the web for articles that relate to what we do and what we like. This week (ok, two weeks) we read a lot about… well, we read a lot.  

Investing in Africa: An Interview with Todd Moss from the Center for Global Development
It is clearly a tricky path to navigate, but the opportunities are growing. Mr. Moss highlights the two sectors that make up our

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(almost)Every week at Invested Development we scan the web for articles that relate to what we do and what we like. This week we read a lot about the big picture issues surrounding impact investing.  

Publically Traded Social Impact: what does it mean for how we do business?
SKS Microfinance, one of the largest microfinance organizations in the world, recently issued an IPO that raised over $350 million. Started in 1997 as

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(almost)Every week at Invested Development we scan the web for articles that relate to what we do and what we like. This week we read a lot about…
Just another example of why it is impossible to predict what challenges a start-up will face. We hate to hear about entrepreneurs becoming the victim of uncontrollable circumstances and we also hate to hear that it … read more

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Every week at Invested Development we scan the web for articles that relate to what we do and what we like. This week we read a lot about impact financing, from Angels to Stock Exchanges and everything in-between.

You would think that as often as we link to Nathaniel Whittemore’s articles, we would pop-up on his radar. Cleary, not yet. We have read more

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At a recent social entrepreneurship forum we were amazed by the ideas and technologies being presented; mobile phone based eye diagnostics, safe and affordable infant incubators, and even affordable sanitary pads. Inspiring stuff.

What was less inspiring were the business models. Despite a clear realization of the high-impact each product could have, the massive market potential, and the obvious lack of large distribution networks, each technology was coupled with a non-profit designation and an read more

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This post is the second of a series on mobile phones and the Base of the Pyramid. You can find the first of the series here.
In our previous post we explored the explosion of mobile phone access and the innovative businesses that enabled it. In the next two posts, we will look at companies and trends that are leveraging mobile access to provide valuable services to the poor in emerging markets.
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In our last post we introduced our Pareto Holdings concept. Pareto is a socially oriented holding company that swaps Preferred Stock shares in nescient (but profitable) impact ventures for its own Common Shares. The thought is that a large holding company’s Common Shares will be increasingly more liquid than a single investors Preferred Shares in an early stage company.

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Every week at Invested Development, we scan the web for articles that relate to what we do and what we like. This week we read a lot about start-ups a little about laptops.

These guys might not have the statistics right (Dunn & Bradstreet estimates that over 80% of start-ups are not in business after 5 years), but the advice is solid. Recruiting read more

Over the last few posts we have been sharing our thoughts on the industry in general.  We started ID last year because there was a need in the market for seed investment capital for impact-oriented startups. We thought the solution was simple. Let’s do what they did in Silicon Valley! Then came reality.

Silicon Valley has throngs of experienced industry executives with deep pockets fresh off their latest IPO. They not only throw money at … read more

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Every week at Invested Development, we scan the web for articles that relate to what we do and what we like. This week we read a lot about big pictures issues in development and cross border investing:
Thanks to the World Bank, investors finally have a simple, informative website with just about all they need to know about a countries regulations on direct foreign investment. Of course, knowing is just read more

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As every week, our team looked for the best articles on the web concerning social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Today we share with you interesting ideas and initiatives from Change.org, NextBillion etc.

And happy 4th of July!!

An honest look back at three lessons learned by Waste Ventures in their failure to secure a 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship.  If we have heard it read more

This is our first post in a series on mobile technology’s proliferation and impact on the poor in emerging markets. We will highlight the players that helped create demand and the innovative ideas that continue to drive it.

Why Mobile Matters

Numerous studies have proven that connectivity increases income. For example, Robert Jensen, economics professor at Harvard, developed a study that tracked fishermen in southern India. The study found that by investing in cell phones, … read more

>Every week at ID, we look for articles related to impact investing, social entrepreneurship, or even our investees/investors. This week we join the community to announce the Echoing Green Fellows, share great news for funding social enterprises, great partnerships and investing in Africa. Come join us next week for more!

ID portfolio company, Promethean Power Systems has learned that strange bedfellows can lead to greater read more

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Capitalism

The businesses our industry is supporting are often referred to as social enterprises, social ventures, social businesses or impact enterprises. They are, by and large, businesses that not only do-no-harm, but intend to do-good[1]. Nomenclature aside, it is an industry that requires the belief that capitalism is the most effective way we know to efficiently bring products and services to the masses.
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>Each week at Invested Development, we scan the web for articles about social entrepreneurship, angel investors, and we look out for great announcements. This week we are announcing the Unreasonable TV, the MIT Global Challenge, The Billionaire Pledge and a PBS documentary about Acumen Fund.

Engineering for Good. Our friends at MIT are really on to something. Not only have they added a BoP focused track to their … read more

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Every week at Invested Development, we scan the web for articles that relate to what we do and what we like. This week we are talking about a great analogy between angel investors and rock stars, another initiative by the Grameen Foundation, how solar panels are not “so green”, and some insights from the last World Economic Forum in May.

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Invested Development is very close to celebrating our one-year anniversary (and I have the $500 incorporation renewal to prove it). For some reason, anniversaries often become times of reflection, introspection and (the always dangerous) existential pontification.  Considering that this is our very first anniversary, we have very little time for looking back or inwards, but we have spent a lot of time pondering our own existence.

So I’ll stick to the latter. Invested Development exists … read more