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David Bank
David Bank is Editor of ImpactAlpha, investment news for a sustainable edge. ImpactAlpha (formerly Impact IQ) covers companies, investors and deals that generate positive social and environmental impact along with financial returns. He is CEO of ImpactAlpha's parent company, Impact IQ Inc., which also includes, the shared impact database.

Previously, Bank was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering the Internet, Microsoft and the software industry. His book, Breaking Windows (Free Press, 2001) was named one of the "Best Business Books" of the year by the Harvard Business Review and

Most recently, Bank was a vice president of (formerly known as Civic Ventures), deploying his journalistic and entrepreneurial skills and experience to advance innovative ideas and people making a difference with encore careers.

Bank was a 1996 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He earned an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Entries by David Bank

Private Equity Firm Pontos Aqua Fishes for Growth in Aquaculture

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 6:17 PM

2015-11-05-1446754256-4115562-pontosaqua.jpg -- It's not surprising that impact investors believe environmental sustainability creates long-term value. That a traditional private equity investor is betting on sustainability -- that's a signal of an important market shift.

That shift has occurred in aquaculture, says Francisco...

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As the Colorado River Runs Dry, Impact Investors Seek Water Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 3:59 PM

The Colorado River, which supplies water to 35 million people and four million acres of irrigated agriculture across seven states (plus two in Mexico), is running dry after 15 years of drought.

That's both a problem and an opportunity for impact investors.

A new report lays out a menu of...

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Bountiful Catch for Sustainable Seafood Investors: Finalists in Fish 2.0 Competition

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 7:09 PM

2015-09-15-1442354847-9607952-05272015SaltyGirlSeafood04_t479.jpg -- The ocean's problems are well known. Solutions, not so much. And opportunities to invest in those solutions have been even harder to find.

That's changing, in no small part thanks to Monica Jain...

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Accelerating Impact Fund Managers to Spur Investments in the Base of the Pyramid

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 3:53 PM

2015-09-09-1441824620-4742645-photo1433838552652f9a46b332c40.jpg -- First-time fund managers have a hard time raising capital in any area of private equity. Add in low-income customers, challenging frontier markets and a requirement for demonstrable social impact and first-time social-impact fund managers face even greater obstacles.


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How Much Would You Pay for a Can of Tuna?

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 6:37 PM


By Maura Dilley, -- For decades, the five-ounce can of tuna fish has been the 99¢ pantry essential that U.S. families turned to for a quick sandwich or last-minute meal.

Now, a new crew of tuna distributors, including Wild Planet,...

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As Maine's Waters Warm, a Seafood Investor Fosters Climate Resiliency

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 6:46 PM

2015-07-31-1438378282-1575982-470231_SlowLobsterSeason.JPEG09.jpg -- An invasion of green crabs. Plummeting populations of northern shrimp and cod. Shifting seasons for lobster, the anchor of Maine's $585 million fishing economy.

Stretching from Cape Cod to southern Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine is among the...

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Who's the Next Impact Target After Goldman Sachs Snaps Up Imprint Capital?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 4:21 PM

2015-07-21-1437506324-9994413-goldman_2021703c_2517878b.jpg -- Goldman Sachs' move to buy San Francisco-based Imprint Capital has the small community of impact investment asset managers and dealmakers buzzing about who might next be asked to dance by a Wall Street suitor.

Goldman's decision to...

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Investors Target Growing Demand for Healthy, Sustainable, Tasty Fish

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:41 PM

2015-06-17-1434555401-8667008-040213RAS_23.JPG -- The hook is baited, and private-equity and venture-capital fund managers are reeling in capital to finance next-generation fish-farming enterprises across the country and around the world.

Several dedicated funds are targeting aquaculture investments specifically. At the same time, many...

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Shhh! Don't Tell Institutional Investors, but Sustainability Drives Returns in Real Assets

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 9:45 AM - Dave Chen and his team at Equilibrium Capital in Portland, Ore., don't generally pitch pension funds and other institutional investors on the firm's thesis that environmentally and socially beneficial practices can drive operational efficiencies, reduced risk and above-market, or 'alpha,' returns.

Instead, they talk about real...

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Sankalp Q&A: Unitus Seeks to Launch Seed Funds Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 1:43 AM

Most of the thousands of investors and entrepreneurs descending on New Delhi this week for the Sankalp Global Summit are looking to beat out their competitors.

Dave Richards and Will Poole, managing directors of Unitus Seed Fund, are looking to create more competition for themselves, by seeding additional funds...

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This Woman Is an Impact Angel (and Sharp Investor)

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 11:10 AM -- The February ribbon-cutting for Gigawatt Global's new $24 million solar field in Rwanda was an impact investment showcase. More than 28,000 solar panels, arranged in the shape of the African continent, added six percent to the entire country's electricity production.

Gigawatt Global, an American-owned Dutch solar...

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Ending Seafood Slavery: How Tracing Seafood Can Protect Humans, Too

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 6:00 PM


Co-authored by Maura Dilley

To blood diamonds, sweatshop apparel and other products to avoid, now add slave shrimp.

The global fishing industry, and the Thai fishing fleet in particular, is increasingly being called to account for abuses that represent not just virtual...

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JPMorgan Chase and Omidyar Back New Impact Fund Aimed at Brazil's Emerging Middle Class

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 2:20 PM

By Dennis Price and David Bank,

It's an emerging market within an emerging market.

Entrepreneurs who can deliver high-quality basic services on the cheap are rushing to meet the pent-up demands of Brazil's 112 million lower- and...

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'Nature Conservation Notes' Bring Individual Investors into Climate Fund

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 5:15 PM


Investing in conservation has long been the province of development-finance institutions and philanthropic foundations. Now, wealthy individuals are starting to invest as well, opening a potentially huge new source of private capital for ecosystem preservation.

Dozens of individual investors committed a total of...

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Fish 2.0's Call to Action for Seafood Entrepreneurs and Investors

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 10:22 PM


ImpactAlpha - Everybody, it seems, wants their seafood sustainable. That growing demand is spurring investor interest in aquaculture, seafood supply chains and technology solutions that address the shortage of affordable, tasty protein that does not deplete already-stressed fisheries.


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Show Me the Deals: Impact Investors Look for Opportunities in Conservation Finance

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 10:21 AM

2014-11-06-iStock_000003535357Large.jpg -- Private equity fund managers are sitting on more than $1.5 billion in private capital that already has been raised for investments in sustainable agriculture and forestry, water quality, wildlife habitat and other conservation projects. They expect to raise...

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Beyond Carbon: Althelia Climate Fund Attracts Conservation Investors

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 11:13 AM


ImpactAlpha -- Multiple cash flows. Clear environmental benefits. Enhanced rural livelihoods. Strong local partners. Guarantees against losses. Market-rate returns.

The Althelia Climate Fund, based in Luxemburg and London, has packaged many of the elements that bankers and conservationists alike say are necessary...

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Sustainable in Seattle: A Deal to Meter and Finance Energy Efficiency

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 4:53 PM

2014-10-07-11587645695_3de737a96b_b.jpg -- We get energy from coal, from gas and from the wind and the sun. And we also get energy from improving technologies, as we perform the same useful work more efficiently. Last week, the public utility in Seattle...

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CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:30 AM


Environmentalists are claiming their seats at the impact investing table.

Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committed to invest a combined $300 million over five years in commercial ventures in the areas of climate,...

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Attracting Elusive HNWIs to Impact Opportunities in India

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:59 PM

2014-09-02-MILAAPPICTURES.jpg -- Just when many fund managers are throwing up their hands in frustration at the reluctance of affluent individuals to write checks comes a sign that it may indeed be possible to get rich folks to actually commit to...

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