Topics Under Category: "Investing"

SVX.US TechSoup

Impact Investing Platform SVX.US Debuts With Offering by TechSoup

Amy Cortese | November 14, 2018

A new impact investing platform is launching this week and its first offering—a financially self-sufficient global nonprofit—signals the type of innovative social enterprises it aims to help. The funding platform, SVX.US, is a three-way collaboration between Cutting Edge Capital, the Bay Area-based community capital consulting firm, Bequia Securities, a broker-dealer, and SVX Canada, an impact […]

revenue models

Venture Capitalists Wear No Clothes (and Why Revenue Models Beat 10x Exits)

Luni Libes | November 6, 2018

From his perch as founder of Fledge, a network of social impact accelerators, Luni Libes has claimed the role of industry provocateur, critiquing the prevailing Silicon Valley model of investment and agitating for more aligned funding models. In particular, he’s an advocate for revenue-based funding, whether via loans or redeemable equity, where startups buy back […]

Behold the DUSTO. A Guide to Crowd Investing Acronyms.

Locavesting Staff | October 16, 2018

In the beginning, there was common stock—thanks for your money, here’s your certificate. Fast forward to the age of tech startups and gushers of digital coin offerings and things get a little more complex,  ushering in investments such as SAFES and ICOs. Now those terms sound almost quaint as the crowdfunding and fintech worlds dream […]

socially responsible investment advisors

It’s About to Become Easier to Choose a Socially Responsible Investment Advisor

Anne Field | July 10, 2018

Starting this fall, choosing a financial advisor may become a little easier for people who care about the impact their money is having—thanks to a brand new professional designation for financial advisors that was recently unveiled by the College of Financial Planning, in collaboration with the US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Called the Chartered […]

Four Recent Reports Shed Light on the State of Impact Investing

Randy Mueller | June 21, 2018

Having trouble keeping up with the latest developments in the world of impact investing? Allow us to help. We dove into the weeds of four of the field’s most notable recent studies, extracting the most interesting findings for you. Some of the key themes involve the mainstreaming of impact investing, the vital role that women […]

Is Your Financial Advisor ‘Best for the World’?

Randy Mueller | June 14, 2018

Impact investing is going mainstream. But while you may rest easier knowing that your nest egg is making a positive contribution to society (as well as your financial position), what about the financial intermediaries in your life? Every year, B Lab publishes a list of “Best for the World” B Corps—those that rank in the […]

Obvious Ventures

Obvious Ventures: Investing in Solutions for People and Planet

B the Change | May 23, 2018

Entrepreneurs are often lauded as “disruptors” in their fields. But what about funders? Early stage venture capital firm Obvious Ventures is betting on a way of investing that disrupts the process at its core. The Silicon Valley-based firm makes investments in what it calls “world positive” companies, or “startups that create new solutions to big world […]

A Milestone For Oregon’s Community Public Offering

Amy Cortese | May 1, 2018

Judy Goodman has always been a trailblazer of sorts—you have to be, working as a research biologist, artist, yurt builder and chocolatier in the mountainous interiors of the Pacific Northwest, as she has. That rugged lifestyle—and many hours spent hiking, camping and skiing with her family— led to her latest venture: BGood Bars, which makes […]

Impact Fund Ontario

A Place-Based Impact Fund Debuts in Ontario

Anne Field | April 2, 2018

Impact investors are increasingly gravitating to place-based investing. The latest example: a new impact investing fund in Canada that will focus on loans to social and environmental enterprises in Southwestern Ontario. The VERGE Breakthrough Fund, as it is called, also underscores the willingness of impact investors to experiment with new approaches. The fund was created […]

Investing in Women

Women Founders Are Benefiting From Crowdfunding, but Where are the Women Investors?

Locavesting Staff | March 8, 2018

Investment crowdfunding is beginning to fulfill its promise of democratizing investment and access to capital. While women entrepreneurs are still outnumbered by men on most crowdfunding sites, their ranks are steadily growing. At Republic, a Regulation Crowdfunding portal that emphasizes women-owned ventures, 8 out of 13 businesses currently raising capital are women-owned. And on investibule, […]