This blog post was adapted from an email exchange I had recently with a colleague who asked me about the behaviours and attitudes of women investors.
It is difficult to generalize and challenging territory to compare how men and women think and make decisions. Just look at this research suggesting that women make better [...]
Communicating impact requires not only metrics, but also words, experiences, and imagination.
Metrics and measurement helps us count and compare. They enable us to ascertain the size, amount, or degree of something. They help us take some of the guesswork out and help us filter the many choices available to us.
Words and story-telling helps [...]
This was a question that I noticed on Quora. The book I am writing considers this question too. I took at stab at responding on Quora in a short, succinct way. In my book, I’ll provide much more thought, story, and detail. Here goes:
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I feel as though we have been investing with blindfolds on. We follow rules and methods and do what our financial advisors or our friends and family tell us, but we are not entirely happy with the outcomes. The industry and the investment products available to us are opaque and complicated. We have become more [...]
Are we hardwired to make impact investing impossible? That is the question posed by Ben Metz on the Pioneers Post. In my response to what motivates us to invest for positive impact, we must consider the following: what does impact mean to each of us, what is the purpose of money and monetary rewards, [...]
Someone asked me recently about how to get people to help him. He was embarking on a not-for-profit project and needed to find funders and partners to help make the project happen. Here are the seven tips I shared with him, that I practice in my own work and relationships:
Build relationships over time. Over [...]
In June 2011, I came up with three predictions for Socent and Impact Investment, scroll down below for an update. In the meantime, here is my mid-year prediction for 2012.
It was in conversation with a very interesting facilitator that I named three things that if we could do them better would make a [...]
I’m presently writing a book about a different way of investing or thinking about investing. I have a section on “Why We Invest”. At first I started with a specific, fairly narrow definition derived from its etymology: “contributing resources to something or someone with the expectation of benefit in the future.”
However, I remember a [...]
I know that many people and socent organizations are concerned about the recent proposal by salesforce.com to trademark the term “social enterprise”. Taking catch phrases from their website, it looks as though the digital CRM company describes a “social enterprise” as being a business or organization that uses social media to:
Know its customers [...]
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- Part 2: 2012 By the Numbers | Pique Ventures on #leanstartup + #socent: How Lean Startup Methods Worked For Me
- Part 1: Story-telling and Experiencing 2012 | Pique Ventures on Why Am I Doing This?
- EquilibriumCap on Impact Investing, Naturally
- Ekaterina on #leanstartup + #socent: How Lean Startup Methods Worked For Me
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