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October 9th, 2017

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The shortage of affordable housing for low, moderate, and even middle income households is at crisis levels in major cities around the world, from Hong Kong to London to New York City. In the Bay Area, the housing crisis may well even be worse. San Francisco is now the most expensive rental market in the United States, with the median rent of a one-bedroom apartment at $3,500 a month and the median house price at 6 times the US median.

The Bay Area’s extraordinary economic growth has contributed substantially to the housing crisis. Between 2011 and 2015, the region added more than 500,000 jobs but added only 65,000 housing units. Not surprisingly, researchers at UC Berkeley found that ...

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September 14, 2017

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The internet is abuzz today with the latest in what seems like a never-ending stream of stories about silly Bay Area start-ups.

Bodega hopes to replace brick and mortar neighborhood stores with wired vending machines but upon announcing itself to the world drew swift condemnation from those who like their neighborhood bodega and the people who work at it (often hard-working and entrepreneurial immigrants who would no longer be needed if their business succeeds).

This comes on the heels of the Juicero debacle — the wifi enabled juicer which I wrote about in April and which went out of business two weeks ago while its founder partied at Burning Man.

What do Bodega and Juicero have in comm...

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August 28, 2017

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Sarah Bloom Raskin joins board of impact investing firm.

The impact investment firm i(x) investments, known for its structure as a permanent holding company, has appointed Sarah Bloom Raskin to its Board of Directors.

From 2014 to 2017, Raskin served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury — the first women to serve in that role — where she worked to strengthen the nation’s financial infrastructure and establish consumer safeguards in the financial marketplace.

“The great challenge of our time is harnessing the power of markets and economic growth to address the social and environmental problems of humanity,” said Raskin, who has also served...

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August 10,2017

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i(x) investments, a multi-strategy social impact investment firm, today announces the appointment of Sarah Bloom Raskin to its Board of Directors. From March 2014 through January 2017, Ms. Raskin served as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In addition to the broad range of policy, operational and organizational functions she oversaw and directed as second-in-command at the Treasury Department, Ms. Raskin focused on bolstering the country’s critical financial infrastructures, creating the conditions for fostering inclusive economic growth and prosperity, and establishing consumer safeguards in the financial marketplace.

"Sarah Bloom Raskin is an excellent addition to our...

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June 29, 2017

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The world of finance has had a very bad week. With the recent news of scandal at Binary Capital it seemed like a good time for me to explain why i(x) investments is called i(x) investments — and what that might mean for you.
As math people notice immediately, i(x) is written in the form of an equation — “X” is the factor and “i” is either the individual or their investment.

The equation is also a question: how will you use your time and your investment(s) to make the world a better place?

The unfortunate reality for most investors is that they are not using their investment capital to make the world a better place. Plagued by the myth of concessionary return...

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By Megan Molteni on February 13, 2017

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ON SATURDAY MORNING, the white stone buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus radiated with unfiltered sunshine. The sky was blue, the campanile was chiming. But instead of enjoying the beautiful day, 200 adults had willingly sardined themselves into a fluorescent-lit room in the bowels of Doe Library to rescue federal climate data.

Like similar groups across the country—in more than 20 cities—they believe that the Trump administration might want to disappear this data down a memory hole. So these hackers, scientists, and students are collecting it to save outside government servers.

But now they’re going even further. Groups like DataRefuge and the E...

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By David Z. Morris on April 16, 2016

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Ray Kurzweil has made a bold prediction about the future of solar energy, saying in remarks at a recent medical technology conference that it could become the dominant force in energy production in a little over a decade. That may be tough to swallow, given that solar currently only supplies around 2% of global energy — but Kurzweil’s predictions have been overwhelmingly correct over the last two decades, so he’s worth listening to.

Kurzweil’s basic point, as reported by Solar Power World, was that while solar is still tiny, it has begun to reliably double its market share every two years — today’s 2% share is up from just 0.5%...

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By Barack Obama on January 9, 2017

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The release of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) due to human activity is increasing global average surface air temperatures, disrupting weather patterns, and acidifying the ocean (1). Left unchecked, the continued growth of GHG emissions could cause global average temperatures to increase by another 4°C or more by 2100 and by 1.5 to 2 times as much in many midcontinent and far northern locations (1). Although our understanding of the impacts of climate change is increasingly and disturbingly clear, there is still debate about the proper course for U.S. policy—a debate that is very much on display during the current presidential...

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January 7, 2017

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More and more investors are looking beyond just financial returns

WHEN investors gathered in Amsterdam in late 2016 for perhaps the largest annual conference on “impact investing”, the mood was upbeat. The concept of investing in assets that offer measurable social or environmental benefits as well as financial returns has come a long way from its modest roots in the early 2000s. Panellists at the conference included, among others, representatives of two of the world’s largest pension funds, TIAA of America and PGGM of the Netherlands, and of the asset-management arm of AXA, a French insurance behemoth. A niche product is inching into the mainstream.

In the pas...

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Originally aired on Fox Business Network, Mornings with Maria on October 25, 2016

Brava Investments CEO Nathalie Molina Nino on investing in businesses that are benefiting women financially in a measurable way.

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