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Will Equity Crowdfunding Help Create The Next 'Silicon Valley' Outside the U.S.?

Chance Barnett | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Chance Barnett

Equity crowdfunding is now bringing investment online, and changing the way early stage capital is invested in given industries.

What Schoolteachers Know About Problem-Solving That Entrepreneurs (And Those Who Support Them) Don't Quite Get

Rob Lalka | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Rob Lalka

Too often, early-stage businesses have a sole focus: "What do I need to say to raise money?" Startups are more successful when founders are most open to learning -- and not just from the investors they are trying to please.

The Decentralization Of Finance: New Role For Gatekeepers

Danae Ringelmann | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Danae Ringelmann

Crowdfunding validates a market better than any industry studies, focus groups, investor expertise or guesswork can ever do. It enables entrepreneurs to get smarter faster by testing their pricing, features, messaging and target markets before they launch.

Hacking Wicked Social Problems With Renaissance Thinkers And Gamers

Olaf J. Groth, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Olaf J. Groth, Ph.D.

We need to change the way we think: In the post-WWII world, we have honed a western tradition of linear, short-term cause-and-effect thinking into an extreme craft. It is being taught in our business schools, practiced in our institutions and abused by our political officials during election times with promises of rapid resolution of wicked problems. This type of thinking serves one purpose: to reassure our anxious selves in 30-second "blitz-reflections" that we can cut in and cut through, make some progress, accept collateral damage, and move on.

How Innovation Ecosystems Can Help Fix Healthcare

Natalie Sweeney | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Natalie Sweeney

The social impact of health will not be determined exclusively through technology, but also in collaboration around how to make knowledge and action steps easy to access in and around health. Technology has enabled, at internet speed and scale, the ability for an individual to seek and share advice about their health, and the health of loved ones.

Hidden In Plain Sight

Mark Newberg | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Mark Newberg

It just turns out that, when you don't know what you're looking for, you also don't know what you're looking at. So the challenge for impact investing isn't so much about explaining an entirely new approach to portfolio construction, or economic engagement, it's about showing folks that it's already being done.