Category: News


Affordable Housing for All — Working Together We Can Solve the Bay Area Housing Crisis

9 October, 2017

Read original article in Medium 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 […]

Profit with Purpose

28 September, 2017

Read original article in Medium 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 […]

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

28 August, 2017

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 […]

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

10 August, 2017

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 […]

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

29 June, 2017

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 […]

Diehard Coders Just Rescued Nasa’s Earth Science Data

13 February, 2017

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 Irreversible Momentum of Clean Energy

9 January, 2017

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 […]

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

7 January, 2017

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 […]

Investing in Businesses That Financially Benefit Women

25 October, 2016

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.

Washington Post: This Investor Will Give You Millions — If Your Business Makes Women Richer

17 October, 2016

The last time Nathalie Molina Niño set up a retirement savings account, she wanted to stash her money in an ethical portfolio, one that could improve the planet — and her net worth. She clicked a button that would attach her 401(k) to companies that rejected, say, pollution and sweatshop labor. A message appeared: Expect […]

Ft | Finance: Blessed

16 June, 2016

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 blessed by the Pope. When the […]

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

18 April, 2016

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 very impressive, but we just don’t do impact […]

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

16 April, 2016

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 […]

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

23 March, 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 as food security, clean water and climate mitigation. A recent […]

Nyt | Buffett’s Grandson Seeks Own Investment Route: Social Change

19 November, 2015

At 32, Howard Warren Buffett, the grandson of the Berkshire Hathaway founder Warren E. Buffett, has already enjoyed a diverse career. He teaches at Columbia University, runs a farm in Nebraska, previously oversaw his family’s foundation and worked on economic redevelopment efforts in Afghanistan for the Defense Department. So far, however, he has steered clear […]

Huffington Post | It’s Time for Impact Investors to Create Compound Impact

6 November, 2015

There is perhaps no more powerful dynamic in economics than compound interest. Albert Einstein called it “the eighth wonder of the world” and Warren Buffett has said “My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest.” In business, compound interest can be thought of as interest on […]

Huffington Post | It’s Time to Align Your Investments with Your Values

25 September, 2015

How we spend our money is an expression of our values. Buying power is a moral power and the way we spend has the ability to shape the world. While most people would agree with that statement many people who care about the environment are simultaneously invested in Exxon Mobil. People who want to see […]