Investing con Impacto
Karl Wienhold and C’pher Gresham were fresh out of business school in the US when they decided to disrupt the coffee supply chain to guarantee farmers in a remote part of Colombia the compensation they deserved for producing high-quality, specialty beans. Yes, the young entrepreneurs wanted to profit from the growing demand for gourmet brews in the US, but they were equally interested in creating a positive impact in the communities where the product came from…read more here.
Previously published in Entrepreneur.
Three Ways Millennials Are Influencing Global Investing
It’s hard to believe that a 27-year- old entrepreneur in Boston, a 21-year- old business student in Miami or a 33-year- old banker in Madrid would have much of an impact on the global investment sector. Like the 75+ million U.S. Millennials born between 1981 and 1997, these young professionals are at the start of their careers, face significant debts, and (hopefully) are beginning to contribute to their 401(k) retirement accounts. On the surface, there’s no compelling reason for Fortune 500 multinationals, institutional investors, fund managers and wealth advisors to pay attention to the Millennial generation…read more here.
Previously published in Forbes magazine.
Why Impact Investing May Flourish in the Trump Era
In the first months of his administration, President Trump has taken steps to reduce federal spending for environmental protection, alternative energy, climate-related science, refugee assistance, humanitarian foreign aid, domestic healthcare and social services programs. If Trump has his way with his slash-and-burn blueprint, which is anything but certain at this point, the US would be reverting to a version of capitalism that recalls the 19th century when billionaire industrialists like John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie sought to maximize corporate profits without regard for social costs…read more here.
The Proper Dose
Technology can reduce the risks and costs associated with the delivery of medications at hospitals worldwide.
A doctor operates on the wrong leg. A nurse leaves a sponge inside apatient’s chest cavity. A heart surgeon bypasses the wrong artery. These kinds of dramatic medical errors not only grab headlines, but underline the fact that hospitals are high-risk environments where frightening stories do happen. And more often than we would like to think…read more here.
Spain Is Open for Business
Politics Aside, Spain Offers an Appetizing Opportunity for Investors 2016 has been a tough year for Spain. After two elections and 10 months without a government, the center-right People’s Party, led by Mariano Rajoy, was finally able to grab the reins of power, albeit without a majority of seats in parliament. Another election could be in the offing as early as May. Beneath the political tumult, however, the economy is quietly humming along. The IMF has lifted its estimate of Spain’s economic growth to 3.1 percent for 2016, making it the envy of the developed world… read more here.
Why I Ride
As the annual Pan Mass Challenge –a charity bike ride across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—fast approaches, I find myself reflecting on a life’s journey and on lives lost. Like everyone I know who has ever signed up for a demanding ride –or a run or a walk– to raise money for a worthy cause, I ask myself “Why do I ride?” For me, the Pan Mass Challenge (pmc.org), which I completed for the first time in 2012, and to which I am now hooked forever, was the perfect way to get fully engaged—in mind, body and soul…read more here.