Visualizing the GIIN Impact Investing Network with Neo4j

Impact investing is a new and growing field in which financial institutions and individuals invest their money not only for financial return, but also for social and environmental impact. The field is in such a state of rapid growth that Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson, two central players in this arena, recently described impact investing …

Response to “The Payoff of Pay-for-Success”

The future of PFS,” argue V. Kasturi Rangan and Lisa A. Chase [in The Payoff of Pay For Success], “lies in aligning with impact-seeking investors, not return-seeking investors.” Should it? Or should Pay-For-Success (PFS) designers continue to make an effort to bring return-seeking capital to the table? Based on the principles of the organizational theory …

Toward a practical, impact-focused classification of social enterprises (the prequel)

Below is the first half of an essay that I put together for Alex Nicholls' Social Entrepreneurship course at Oxford's Saïd Business School. It is verbose, thanks to an academic word count target. The nut graf, as my friend Ben has taught me to call it, is that I believe that social enterprises (businesses that hope to have a positive social impact with …

SVCO 2014?

Prompted by Oxford professor Marc Ventresca, a list of potential topics for Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford in 2014: Machine learningand its effect on different industries (automobiles & finance being the most obvious both in application and in local networks) I heard quite a bit of noise at SVCO this year about Bitcoin. What about …

My turn? Rafael Correa angles for regional leadership in South America

Just for kicks, this is a writing sample I put together in Feb 2013, two weeks before Hugo Chavez died.  -- My turn? Rafael Correa angles for regional leadership in South America This week, Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa routed divided opposition to win his third presidential election, finishing thirty percentage points ahead of his closest …

Oxford Week Zero: Brain Fuel

As first impressions go, Oxford does a bang-up job.The most impressive bit? The breadth and depth of conversation. Topics from the week: Transitional justice and Brazil's Truth Commission, investigating crimes committed during the military dictatorship of the 60s-80s Twitter's efforts to establish a European sales office and their struggle to build a functional search tool …