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i(x) investments Taps Ex-U.S. Treasury Deputy Secretary for Board

August 28, 2017

Read original article in Impact Alpha 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 […]

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i(x) investments Names Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Sarah Bloom Raskin to Board of Directors

August 10, 2017

Read press release here 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 […]

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Using Capital as a Tool for Social Change: The i(x) Model

June 29, 2017

Read original article in Medium 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 […]

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Diehard Coders Just Rescued Nasa’s Earth Science Data

February 13, 2017

Read original article in Wired 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 […]

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The Irreversible Momentum of Clean Energy

January 9, 2017

Read the original article in Science Magazine 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 […]

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The Economist: “impact Investing” Inches from Niche to Mainstream

January 7, 2017

Read the original article in The Economist 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 […]

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Ft | Finance: Blessed

June 16, 2016

Read the original article in the Financial Times Returns Pope Francis has little good to say about capitalism but has championed impact investments The finance industry presents a bewildering array of options for anyone looking to increase their savings, from “60-40” portfolios to newfangled concepts like “smart beta”, but rare is the investment strategy that has been […]

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Evolving Investors’ Sense of Self – a Closer Look at the Role Finance Must Play in Solving the World’s Problems.

April 18, 2016

Read the original article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review Recently I had a conversation with a financial advisor who represents several billionaire clients—all well-known tech leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area. After giving him an overview of our new impact investment company and its business model, and background on everyone involved, he said, “It’s sounds […]

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Ray Kurzweil: Here’s Why Solar Will Dominate Energy Within 12 Years

April 16, 2016

Read the original article in Fortune 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 […]

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The New Alternatives: Holding Companies That Build Assets and Impact of ‘infinite Duration’

March 29, 2016

Read the original article in Impact Alpha by David Bank on March 23, 2016 Impact investing may have gotten off on the wrong foot, with venture-capital style private equity funds that generally have to be liquidated after 10 years. This season’s new style: Permanently capitalized holding companies with long-term ownership stakes in operating companies that deliver real benefits such […]

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