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Entries from June 24th, 2010

D.light Design Raises New Venture Funding

June 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment · VC, socent

Tweet Wow, it’s been a great week for the world of social venture capital and impact investing! First we get the news that IGNIA has closed on its first fund, and today, we receive news that D.light Design has raised $5.5 million in Series B funding from Omidyar Network, plus all of its major Series [...]

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IGNIA, a Social VC Firm, Closes its First Fund

June 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · VC, socent

Tweet If you’ve followed this blog for awhile (or just thought about this blog’s URL) you probably know that one of my passions is the intersection of investing and social impact. I’ve written at length about what I learned about for-profit social entrepreneurship from Nathaniel Whittemore and StartingBloc, new incubation initiatives like the Unreasonable Institute, [...]

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Why U.S. Billionaires Should Create a Social PE Firm

June 18th, 2010 · 2 Comments · VC, socent

Tweet If you read CNN.com or the Wall Street Journal, you’ve likely run across a headline this week about Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (who have already given away a significant portion of their fortunes) issuing a challenge to the wealthiest individuals to do the same and give away 50% of their wealth. This challenge, [...]

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Lessons from Netflix

June 14th, 2010 · 6 Comments · tech

Tweet Over the past couple of weeks, people across the web have been raving about the internal deck from Netflix that details the company’s view on its strategic direction for the future. In my opinion, this is not only because of Netflix’s incredible openness in sharing its strategy but also because it also tells a [...]

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Anonymity on the Web

June 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Personal, VC, tech

Tweet This past week, I’ve run across a couple of blog posts talking about anonymity on the web, especially as it pertains to the expression of opinions (whether through comments, message board posts, or mediums of online expression). James D. Robinson III of RRE Ventures linked to a post (including a ┬ávideo) entitled “Are the [...]

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