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Matter Ventures Selects 12 Media-For-Good Startups

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Smartfeed and Multimer Data are two of the 12 startups that have been selected by media-for-good accelerator Matter Ventures for its intensive five-month program.

Is Philanthropy Anti-Populist?

Recent years' populist surge may be creeping into philanthropy, and by extension into impact investing. "A more robust and honest debate on the subject needs to get going sooner rather than later," David Callahan, founder of Inside Philanthropy, says.

Finding Talent A Bottleneck, Shortlist Founder Asserts

Finding great talent has now become a become a bottleneck in a space that is growing fast, argues Shortlist founder Paul Breloff.

FY 2018 President’s Budget May Signal Changes to NMTC

The NMTC and CDFI programs may be among what gets defunded in the new administration's FY2018 budget proposal. Other energy-related tax provisions like the PTC and ITC are also threatened.

U.S. Veteran-led “Vetpreneurships”

This year's Memorial Day post is a list of "vetpreneurships" or veteran-led startups. Many veterans are planning to or have started to build innovative businesses in various areas of the U.S. economy.

The Right ESG Metrics Can Help Beat Benchmarks, says Goldman Sachs Analyst

Sustainable investing is increasingly more popular on Wall Street, but misconceptions that investors are not getting the most returns continue to persist. Derek Bingham, head of GS Sustain Americas, and a Goldman Sachs veteran, gets on a podcast to share what he's actually been seeing.

China’s $1T One Belt One Road Vision

China's One Belt One Road program is as enormous and as ambitious in scope, undertaking and funding. A brief, closer look at what the program is and is not, and what its implications might be for trading and economies that are expected to be impacted.

Investors Leading Advisors to ESG

More investor clients are leading, and in some cases educating, their advisors during ESG investment discussions. Demographic demand, by women and younger investors, was the primary reason. And because over half of advisors, according to a Morgan Stanley survey, show "little or no interest" in ESG.

Home Ownership Remains Subdued, U.S.

The U.S. real estate markets remain broadly healthy but there are small signs that suggest otherwise in some spots. Affordability has declined, home ownership is at its lowest in 50 years and more consumers are renting versus buying.

Calvert Announces Capital Aggregation

The new line of business, announced on Wednesday, pools funds from institutional and accredited investors in the form of syndications, enabling impact investment at-scale. Transactions will target deals in the range of $10 million to $50 million.
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