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UPenn’s Endowment Wins Big… with Asset Allocation | Markov Processes International

UPenn's $20.5 Billion endowment posted a return of 41.1% for FY 2021, driven by strong returns in private equity and venture capital.

Gig Worker Insurance Platform Collective Benefits Raises $10 Million

Collective Benefits, an insurance platform for gig and independent workers, has raised $10 million in a fresh capital injection from investment giant Prosus.

Infographic: The Age of the Tech Giants

This chart shows the companies with the largest market capitalizations in the world in 2005 and 2021.

Impact Investing: Building a Better World

While investors often focus solely on returns, impact investing introduces a way to also tackle global environmental and social problems.

These Are The Most Active Investors In Decacorn Startups

Across all time, Sequoia Capital has been the most active investor in these decacorns, a Crunchbase News analysis shows. The Silicon Valley-based firm has made 78 investments across 19 portfolio companies, representing investment in more than 20 percent of all decacorns. 

An Economic Case for Transparency in Private Equity: Data Science, Interest Alignment and Organic Finance

The private equity asset class has grown rapidly since 2008, attracting institutional investors in need of higher returns than those expected from public market

SAHF • Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

SAHF’s mission is to advance the creation and preservation of healthy, sustainable affordable rental homes that foster equity, opportunity, and wellness for people of limited economic resources.

SAHF and Mercy Housing show how service-enriched affordable housing can improve health - Kresge Foundation

Quality affordable rental homes, especially when enriched with services, can support resident health and wellness, economic mobility, increased opportunity and an improved quality of life.  With support from The Kresge Foundation, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), a national collaborative of 13 nonprofit, mission-driven affordable housing developers, has collected data on the impact of … Continue reading SAHF and Mercy Housing show how service-enriched affordable housing can improve health

2021 Financial & Operating Benchmarks Report - OpenView

This report was designed specifically to enable operators to compare themselves against their direct peers across the metrics that matter most in a SaaS business.

Juke brings new life to a classic musical medium

There are few musical inventions that have stood the test of time like the jukebox. It debuted in San Francisco on November 23, 1889 at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco and went on to become a

TODAY at 2:00 p.m. join us for a live discussio... - Data Coalition Initiative on Twitter

TODAY at 2:00 p.m. join us for a live discussion on "Driving the ESG Ecosystem with Auditable, Standardized, and Machine-Readable Data". Speakers include William Beloe, w/ @IFC_org, Madhu Mathew w/ @SASB, & Craig Clay w/ @DFINSolutions. RSVP! https://t.co/4zktyXVqP1

The Billionaire Chairman Of Vaccine Maker Moderna Wants To Reinvent Scientific Entrepreneurship

Noubar Afeyan launched 70 companies by pushing researchers to ask what if their craziest ideas were true. With $17 billion and a model of “parallel entrepreneurship,” he can fund a lot of wild notions.

Introducing Looker Mobile: access your data on the go | Google Cloud Blog

You and your business move quickly. The Looker Mobile app is here to help you access, filter, and share data while on the go.

Seed Rounds At $100mm Post Money - AVC

We have been seeing quite a few seed rounds getting done in and around $100mm post-money and that concerns me for a few reasons: Seed stage is when a company has a good team, a good idea, but has not yet proven product market fit and a go to market model, and has not yet […]

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Leaf Home™ Appoints Jeffrey Housenbold President and Chief Executive Officer

Leaf Home today announced that it has appointed Jeffrey Housenbold as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Housenbold joins a talented leadership team who will continue to support Leaf Home’s growth.

Tiger Global: How to Win | The Generalist

Tiger Global is venture capital's winning machine.

Renewable Drinking Water | SOURCE Water

Discover SOURCE Water, a renewable, clean drinking water solution made possible by the power of Hydropanels

Honey Mobile Safari Extension - Honey

Now, US members have more ways to use Honey on your phone. Once you have the latest version of our app, US users will also be able to enable the Honey extension

Financial Tools for Solopreneurs

a16z September Fintech Newsletter - financial tools for solopreneurs; plus, fintech as crypto goes mainstream, independent insurance agents on the rise, and fintech influencers in LatAm.

Frequently Asked Questions — Sweater Ventures

We're revolutionizing long-term investing by building a venture capital fund anyone can invest into. Learn more about how you can build wealth by investing into high-potential private companies through the Sweater app.

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Cobudget makes it easy for organizations and groups to allocate funds collaboratively and transparently.

Aspiration | Save

Keep your balance high and your carbon footprint low while enjoying up to 83x the Interest rate of a Big Bank.

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Unit is a platform that helps you and your coworkers form a labor union.

Families and Workers Fund announces $25 million commitment to advance good jobs - The Families & Workers Fund

Coalition of diverse philanthropies aim to help spur the growth of jobs that provide economic security and upward mobility for all

Grantham Foundation | Investing

The Grantham Foundation seeks to protect and improve the health of the global environment.

How Paige Bueckers' first NIL deal could shift standards for female athlete sponsorships

Paige Bueckers' first NIL deal centers the UConn star in StockX's focus on women's sports and could have a larger impact.

Rivian Automotive Inc (RIVN) Stock Price & News - Google Finance

Get the latest Rivian Automotive Inc (RIVN) real-time quote, historical performance, charts, and other financial information to help you make more informed trading and investment decisions.

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LOTI: Learning on the Internet

LOTI provides objective, fact based information about online instructors, their courses, and their communities so you can focus on what matters most: learning new skills.

Female Founders Are Staging an Impressive Comeback in 2021, New Data Shows | Inc.com

2021 is shaping up to be a 'banner year' for female-founded startups, new Pitchbook data shows.

Africa’s crypto boom, electrifying commercial fleets, equitable economic growth, new climate funds, rising carbon markets

Greetings, Agents of Impact! The Call: The tech disruption of small business financing. Traditional financial institutions see informal and small businesses in emerging markets as too expensive or risky. Tech entrepreneurs and investors see small and growing businesses as a big and growing market. Join Daniel Kimotho of crypto platform Celo (see below); Hilda Moraa of Pezesha, an alt-credit fintech in Nairobi; Luyanda Jafta of The People’s Fund in South Africa; Daniel Goldfarb of Lendable; and other pioneers of a revolution in small business financing, Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 8am PT / 11am ET / 7pm Nairobi. RSVP today.

We Can't Wait for Universities to Fix Themselves. So We're Starting a New One.

I left my post as president of St. John’s College in Annapolis to build a university in Austin dedicated to the fearless pursuit of truth.

To fight climate change, Ithaca votes to decarbonize its buildings by 2030

Decarbonizing involves installing things from solar panels to switching out gas stoves for electric stoves. The effort to decarbonize buildings will cut the city's carbon dioxide output by 40%.

What's your ideal city in a 100% remote world?

Here’s the first U.S. city to cut gas and oil for all-electric, on the path to zero carbon emissions — MarketWatch

Ithaca, N.Y., is turning to the private sector to fund the upfront outlays of its building decarbonization effort

The Sales Playbook for 2022

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Young Snowbirds: The Pandemic Real Estate Trend We Didn't See Coming — Money

There’s been a notable uptick in younger, seasonal homebuyers since the pandemic ushered in flexible work arrangements.

Andrew Lo: It’s Possible to Measure the Impact of Impact Investing | Institutional Investor
How Seed Funding Has Exploded In The Past 10 Years

Seed-stage funding to startups has exploded in the past decade and become an asset class of its own.

Registry of Open Data on AWS

The Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI) seeks to accelerate sustainability research and innovation by minimizing the cost and time required to acquire and analyze large sustainability datasets. These datasets are publicly available to anyone. In addition, ASDI provides cloud grants to those interested in exploring the use of AWS’ technology and scalable infrastructure to solve big, long-term sustainability challenges with this data. The dual-pronged approach allows sustainability researchers to analyze massive amounts of data in mere minutes, regardless of where they are in the world or how much local storage space or computing capacity they can access. Learn more about ASDI here. Categories: weather, climate, water, agriculture, satellite imagery, elevation, air quality, energy, disaster response, oceans

Afghanistan’s girls learn, code ‘underground’ amid Taliban curbs

Hundreds of girls continue to learn – some online and others in hidden makeshift classrooms – despite school closure.

Opinion: Tying CEO pay to carbon emissions works. More companies should try it

If CEOs are paid more for decarbonizing their operations, they are more likely to focus on such matters.

Emergency appeal for climate action

Greta, Vanessa, Mitzi, and Dominika are taking this bold call to world leaders

Where to put 3,800 new homes in Menlo Park? City Council debates details of housing growth plan

Menlo Park's project to plan for roughly 3,800 new housing units hit a speed bump Tuesday night when the City Council raised a number of questions and pushed back on an ambitious timeline to begin environmental review work.

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As Risks of Climate Change Rise, Investors Seek Greener Buildings

New technology and stricter standards allow them to better track a development’s carbon footprint.

Toyota bZ4X electric vehicle to arrive in 2022: Toyota's first EV makes debut

The Toyota bZ4X electric SUV will debut in 2022, becoming the automaker's first pure-electric vehicle after years of focusing on hybrids.

These 4 charts explain why the stakes are so high at the U.N. climate summit

How hot will the planet get? What nations negotiate at the international climate summit will help determine that. Here are 4 things to know about what's being decided.

Methane capture technology is way behind its CO2 counterpart. That needs to change, fast.

On dairy farms, methane concentrations can be 1000x the average atmospheric concentration, so that’s one place to start

They pulled 63,000 pounds of trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but that's just the start

A half-mile long trash-trapping system named "Jenny" hauled in more than 63,000 pounds of waste from the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

T.I. Shows Off Site Of His 143-Unit Affordable Housing Development, Set to Open In 2022

The rapper plans to include a community center, garden, greenhouse, and more amenities....

Tesla places 45 GWh LFP battery order from CATL for 2022 -- enough for nearly 800k Model 3 and Model Y

It appears that Tesla is now making the necessary preparations for a serious ramp of its Model 3 and Model Y production in Gigafactory Shanghai next year. As per recent reports from China, Tesla has reportedly placed an order for 45 GWh worth of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries from Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), one …

Lightspeed hits the fundraising trail as US VC firms break $100B barrier | PitchBook

Year-to-date US fundraising by VC firms stood at $104.8 billion raised across 576 vehicles in the US, according to PitchBook data, breaking the $100 billion barrier for the first time.

Meta, Formerly Facebook, Touts New High-End ‘Cambria’ Headset - Bloomberg
Silicon Valley is split over Sequoia's fund restructure. Why some are calling it a 'gamechanger,' while others say it's 'damaging' to LP relationships.

Some say the iconic firm's fund revamp could have major ripple effects across the venture capital industry or put its relationship with LPs at risk.

Community Land Trusts (CLTs)

Community land trusts are nonprofit, community-based organizations designed to ensure community stewardship of land. Community land trusts can be used for many types of development (including

SINAI Technologies | Decarbonization Platform

Software to measure, analyze, price, and reduce emissions for corporations. Unlock capital-efficient strategies that reduce your organization's carbon footprint and help you execute competitive, value-chain-wide transition plans.

Stride raises $47M to provide affordable benefits for independent workers

/PRNewswire/ -- Today, Stride Health, the leader in portable benefits for independent workers, announced that it has raised a $47 million Series C, bringing...

Marc and Lynne Benioff, Salesforce donate $300M to encourage climate action – TechCrunch

Marc and Lynne Benioff announced a $200 million donation this morning to combat climate change and encourage others to take action. Marc Benioff’s company, Salesforce, threw in $100 million more for a total donation of $300 million. The Benioffs’ portion is divided into two tranches, with $100 million going to the Benioff Time Tree Fund […]

NIL laws add new variable to recruiting decisions

Name, image and likeness laws have added a new variable for athletes to consider during the recruiting process.

Undergraduate Enrollment Declines Show No Signs of Recovery From 2020

Undergrads Decline additional 3.2% Community Colleges Drop 5.6% while Public Four-Year Colleges Fall 2.3% HERNDON, VA – (Oct. 26, 2021) – According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, fall postsecondary enrollment numbers show no signs of recovery from last year’s declines, according to early data released today in an update to Stay Informed with […]

Work Remotely with Lucidchart

Lucidchart is a collaborative solution for teams to work remotely from anywhere at any time on any device. Maximize remote team collaboration as you brainstorm, visualize processes, and work together in real time. Get the power of Lucidchart today!

Submittable: The social impact platform | Submittable

Delivering impact made easier. Tools to help you launch, manage, and measure social impact programs, locally and globally.

House Hunters: ML at Redfin with Akshat Kaul - #530

In today's episode, Sam is joined by Akshat Kaul, the head of data science and machine learning at Redfin.

How to Product Plan

A Product Leader's guide to creating a successful planning structure

The race to build Mexico’s quickest delivery app

Customers like faster deliveries, but it’s the startups’ VC backers that have a need for speed.

Is College Worth It? A Comprehensive Return on Investment Analysis | by Preston Cooper | Oct, 2021 | FREOPP.org

Most students attend college in order to get a better job with a higher salary. But the financial returns to college vary widely depending on the institution a student attends and the subject he or…

Nest Renew from Google - Support a Clean Energy Future

Discover Nest Renew, a new service for your compatible Nest thermostat that makes it easy to support a clean energy future, right from your home.

Blackrock CEO Larry Fink: The next 1,000 billion-dollar start-ups will be in climate tech

The next 1,000 unicorns (companies worth more than $1 billion) will be in climate tech, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink said in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

How a Roll Up Vehicle Allowed Arrows’ Co-Founders to Build With Their “Friends”

”Most of our investors said the process was too easy.”

Hertz Orders 100,000 Tesla Model 3 Cars for Rental Fleet, TSLA Stock Surges - Bloomberg
How Cooling as a Service is set to revolutionise the cooling industry - Event - IEA

How Cooling as a Service is set to revolutionise the cooling industry - Event listed by the International Energy Agency

Cooling as a Service

The Cooling as a Service Initiative is a global effort launched in early 2019 by BASE and K-CEP to scale up investments in clean and efficient cooling by mainstreaming the Cooling as a Service business model.

13 new apps to fight climate change | Greenbiz

Combat global warming from your smartphone? Here are finalists from Esri's Climate Resilience App Challenge. 

John Deere union employees will continue to receive health insurance and bonuses after strike

"We are taking these steps to demonstrate our commitment to doing what’s right by our employees," John Deere spokesperson Jennifer Hartmann said.

10 Endowment Effect Marketing Examples for Retail

This post will show you 10 examples of how retailers are leveraging the Endowment Effect in their marketing and show you how to do the same.

World’s Biggest Oil Exporter Commits to Net-Zero Emissions - Bloomberg
1 in 5 gig drivers got unemployment benefits at pandemic peak

About 19% of drivers for online ride-hailing and food-delivery platforms were collecting jobless aid in July 2020, more than other groups, according to a report.

Climate Negotiators Face Carbon Offset Credit Fight - Bloomberg
Funding the U.K.’s Green Transition Comes at a Price for Savers - Bloomberg
Spotify partners with Shopify to add merch to artists’ profiles – TechCrunch

Spotify this morning announced a new partnership with e-commerce platform provider Shopify that will allow artists on its service to connect their Spotify profiles with their Shopify stores, allowing them to market their merchandise directly to fans through the Spotify app. After connecting their Spotify for Artists accounts with their Shopify online store, artists will […]

Sendbird - A Complete Chat Platform, Messaging and Chat API and SDK

Sendbird's chat, voice and video APIs and SDKs connect users through immersive, modern communication solutions that drive better user experiences and engagement.

Yale endowment earns 40.2% investment return in fiscal 2021

“It was an extraordinary year for the endowment, which will benefit the Yale community now and for generations to come,” said Yale CIO Matt Mendelsohn.

Google CEO: Climate Fight Forces Us to Push Boundaries - Bloomberg
Addepar, Aperio and Bain ex-execs throw $5 million at startup that makes RIAs the quarterback of 'impact investing' endowments that also shelter taxable wealth of ultra-high-net-worth clients

The high-profile, for-profit investors join non-profit foundations to back the Newton, Mass., venture that makes RIAs the pivotal role in marrying charity and ESG, yielding immediate, giant tax deductions.

When Vanguard is 13X more expensive

A rival product is offering trading at a tenth of the cost of Vanguard.

Top Robo-Advisors: 10 Robos With The Most Assets Under Management

Robo-advisors have taken the investing world by storm since debuting more than a decade ago. Though they primarily started as automated portfolio managers, they’ve evolved to provide a whole suite of services and perks, like access to human financial advisors, tax-loss harvesting and cash management

Digital Wealth Management Fees to Increase Threefold to $12.6 Billion By 2026

New research shows the Digital Wealth Management Market will increase threefold to $12.6 Billion by 2026. Full details in Kaleido's press release

About : whalerock

Whale Rock Capital Management LLC is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser based in Boston. Since inception in 2006, Whale Rock has invested globally with a focus on the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors.

Invesco Solar ETF: Adding color to your portfolio with solar | MarketScreener

Let us introduce an ETF that focuses on the energy transition and more specifically on companies that have a direct or indirect role in solar energy. For several years now, photovoltaic and solar... | October 16, 2021

Green Building ETF May Have Friends in High Places | ETF Trends

When it comes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments, it can be beneficial for investors to tap segments and themes that are...

Investing in REIT ETFs | The Motley Fool

A closer look at some of the top REIT ETFs.

'Green' ETFs are minting some green as the energy crisis sparks a boomlet in alternatives

Every week we highlight the most timely exchange-traded fund news, from new launches to inflows and performance

U.S. banks see wealth management boom on borrowing, new assets

Big U.S. banks' wealth management businesses put in another stellar performance in the third quarter, buoyed by record levels of new money flowing into accounts and surging demand from clients to borrow against their investment portfolios.

Say Goodbye to the 1% Investment-Adviser Fee?

Investors who don’t want to pay the traditional 1% of assets for financial advice have an increasing number of alternatives.

The learnings shared in this thread cost us $10... - Rohit Mittal on Twitter

The learnings shared in this thread cost us $100k in lawyer fees and other expenses. Sharing them for free for other fintech founders. Let's start:

REITs Continue to Embrace Green Bonds

Publicly-traded REITs are on pace to set a new record