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Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative

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. ASDI supports innovators and researchers with the data, tools, and technical expertise they need to move sustainability to the next level.

Hedge funds muscle in to Silicon Valley with private deals

Deal value smashes records while investment vehicles hunt for new ways to fire up drab returns

How the Pandemic Popularized Gig Work and the Gig Economy

A look at how and why the gig work and the gig economy has been flourishing throughout the pandemic. Learn where the opportunities are.

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Annual Report 2021 • UVIMCO

UVIMCO provides investment management services to the University of Virginia and its related foundations.

34 Grant Statistics for 2020

Learn interesting grant statistics for 2020, inclusing federal grant statistics, grant management facts, and grant writing trends.

Move Over Gig Economy: Why the U.S. is Ready for a Flex Labor Economy – InsideSources

When the concept of the gig economy was first introduced in the United States, it was meant to serve as a springboard for workers to make extra income as

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

According to new data analyzed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, warming temperatures, rising seas and changing rainfall will profoundly reshape the way people have lived in North America for centuries.

Student loan borrowers 'shouldn't bank on forgiveness.' Here's how to get ready for repayment

Student loan borrowers have been hoping for news of forgiveness. Instead, they're getting reminders from their servicers that the bills will soon resume.

Record $700bn of Green, Social & Sustainability (GSS) Issuance in 2020: Global State of the Market Report

10th iteration of Climate Bonds flagship report: Cumulative GSS issuance reaches $1.7tn in labelled markets: Cumulative Green passes $1tn milestone: 2021 set for another record high as momentum continues The Big Headline The sustainable debt market (green, social and sustainability bonds) reached a cumulative USD1.7tn at the end of 2020, with almost 10,000 instruments issued

Walmart joins the green bond party with $2 billion deal

Walmart said it would put the funds toward renewable energy and high-performance buildings.

A Generation of American Men Give Up on College: ‘I Just Feel Lost’

The number of men enrolled at two- and four-year colleges has fallen behind women by record levels, in a widening education gap across the U.S.

Climeworks opens world's largest carbon capture plant in Iceland

Climeworks' new direct air capture and storage plant, Orca, begins operation in Iceland that will capture 4000 tons of CO2 per year and store it permanently underground.

Grant Writing Can Be Lucrative. Here's How to Become a Grant Writer

Interested in grant writing? Here's advice from a professional grant writer on how to get started, whether you should take grant-writing classes and how to write a grant proposal.

Harvard University to end investment in fossil fuels

Harvard University is ending its investments in fossil fuels, the school's president said on Thursday, drawing praise from divestment activists who had long pressed the leading university to exit such holdings.

Goldman Sachs taps public markets to bet on private equity

Investing in private equity goes meta | Finance & economics

UC assets grow by $38 billion in 2021 to $168 billion, with endowment returning 33.7 percent and pension up 30.5 percent

The University of California’s Office of the Chief Investment Officer (UC Investments) announced today (August 31) that its assets under management grew to $168 billion as of June 30, 2021, a 29 percent jump over the prior fiscal year and the largest one-year gain in its history. The additional $38 billion in assets over the previous year represents a 77 percent increase since 2014.

PROTECTING WHAT WE LOVE - Rivian Stories

We have formed a partnership with The Nature Conservancy to battle climate change and biodiversity loss.

How Slack changed Apple’s employee culture, with Zoë Schiffer — Decoder with Nilay Patel

Apple has had a lot going on lately: we did a whole episode about the controversial child protection photo scanning features, which have now been delayed. A law in South Korea might force the company to change how App Store payments work; the company settled a Japanese case about the App Store recently, as well as a class-action lawsuit in this country. The verdict in the Epic trial will arrive and there are renewed questions about Apple’s relationship with the Chinese government. And, of course, it’s September — the month when new iPhones usually come out. But in the background, Verge senior reporter Zoë Schiffer has spent the past few months publishing story after story about unhappy Apple employees, who are starting to talk to the press more and more about what working at Apple is like, and how they’d like it to change. Nilay Patel talks to Zoë about the work she’s been doing and what the future holds. Links: Here’s why Apple’s new child safety features are so controversial https://bit.ly/3n9E07W Apple…

Uber and Convoy vets land $5.3M for new startup Solo that helps gig workers make more money

Gig economy companies such as Uber, Instacart, goPuff and others have given workers a new way to earn money on their own schedule. But with that flexibility…

Former head of Mint raises $4.5M for Lean to give gig workers access to financial products – TechCrunch

Gig and independent workers have different needs than salaried employees when it comes to financial products. It’s a challenge that Tilak Joshi, founder of Lean, became acutely aware of during his tenure as head of Mint and years as a product exec at American Express and PayPal. While the U.S. has seen a major shift […]

ESG scores are riddled with ‘greenwashing’

The vast majority of funds claiming adherence to net-zero investment strategies are subject to 'large and obvious greenwashing risks'

'Earned wage' startups winning over VCs with an ESG agenda | PitchBook

Venture capitalists are on the hunt for ESG-focused companies, prompting a surge of investment into startups offering earned wage access products, an alternative to traditional payday lending.

Wall Street's hottest investor is betting big on a handful of stocks. Critics say she's playing with fire

At a time when many investors are content to follow the crowd and buy top techs like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft, Cathie Wood is looking for the next big innovators in buzzy fields like robotics, fintech and space exploration.

Uber proposes industry-wide gig worker benefits model in Canada

Uber Technologies Inc on Monday proposed a plan for a flexible benefits fund for app-based ride-hail and food delivery drivers in Canada under which all gig industry players would share data on workers' hours and earnings.

Zogo Finance – Reinventing financial education, one game at a time.

The new way of delivering Financial Education to young adults. Credit unions and banks partner with Zogo to engage, educate and earn the trust of young adults.

(PDF) ABENICS: Active Ball Joint Mechanism With Three-DoF Based on Spherical Gear Meshings

PDF | This article presents an active ball joint mechanism (ABENICS) enhanced by interactions of spherical gears. The gear-based joint drives three... | Find, read and cite all the research you need on ResearchGate

New Waze Partnership 'Drives' Food Waste Down

A partnership between anti-food waste app Too Good to Go and traffic app Waze will make it easy for commuters to pick up surplus food when traveling.

Do Catholics Still Care About Labor?

From the 1930’s through the 1950’s, Catholic parishes operated more than 100 labor schools in the basements of immigrant churches. Parishioners learned about their rights as workers, Catholic social teaching and how to organize unions. For many, being a good Catholic and a good labor lea

A huge number of Americans just became gig workers and we’re not ready

An astonishing one in three US workers does gig work now.

The Only College Rankings That Matter

ZeroHedge - On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero

Is tipping at gigs or buying merch the best way to support local musicians?

'A shirt that takes itself seriously sits in its box forever. Have fun with them or they won’t move'

Allbirds Becomes Latest DTC Startup to Make a Run at the Public Markets

The company is conducting what it calls a Sustainable Public Equity Offering, which means it’s holding itself accountable to hit certain environmental, social, and governance (ESG) targets

Zoom Faces Headwinds as Sales Growth Slows

Like all the pandemic winners, Zoom has started to lose its momentum when offices reopen and people socialize IRL

UBS, State Street Among Firms Whose Green Funds Miss Paris Goals - Bloomberg
https://joincolossus.com/episodes/77217304/malpass-building-a-great-endowment

Scott Malpass was the CIO of Notre Dames' endowment for 32 years and has always been a pioneer at the forefront of the endowment investing world - leading Notre Dames's early investments into Sequoia as well as some of the premier fund managers in China decades ago. Scott built the endowment into a powerhouse, scaling it from $400 million to over $12 billion of assets under management across 175 managers. In our conversation, we talk about the qualities he looks for in great investors, how asset classes have evolved over his 30 years of investing, and how Scott recruited top talent to work at Notre Dame’s endowment.

The median investor in public companies gets be... - Paul Graham on Twitter

The median investor in public companies gets below market returns. Investing in startups is at least as hard as investing in public companies, and probably a good deal harder. So why do people think it's going to work out well for individual investors to do it?

New St. Thomas mass-timber plant achieves milestone in automation - constructconnect.com - Daily Commercial News

Ontario is now home to what’s claimed to be the most fully automated mass-timber plant in the world, with Element5’s new St. Thomas factory now industry-certified and running at full strength. The firm offered tours of the facility Aug. 17 with visitors

Introducing a16z's seed fund - Andreessen Horowitz

There has never been a better time to start a company. The industry is rich with blogs, podcasts, tweetstorms, and newsletters providing guidance to new founders. And the last decade has seen the emergence of strong online communities, alumni networks, …

GRESB | The Global ESG Benchmark for Real Assets | ESG Real Estate | ESG Infrastructure – The ESG Benchmark for Real Assets

GRESB assesses and benchmarks the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance of real assets providing standardised and validated sustainability data to the capital markets.

Agglomerators vs. Specialists

The great battle of the venture capital industry.

Climate and Crypto are the new Mobile

Every company had to come up with a mobile strategy. Next up: a climate strategy and a crypto strategy.

LP Impact Guide 2021 - LP IMPACT GUIDE 2021

*Campbell Lutyens LP Sentiment Update, October 2020 (the “Sentiment Update”), a copy of which is available on request. Note that for the purposes of preparing the Sentiment Update CL interviewed a subset of LPs and nothing herein is intended to suggest that such subset should be considered to be representative of the comprehensive universe of institutional investors.

Maersk accelerates fleet decarbonisation with new vessel order

A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday it had ordered eight vessels which are able to run on carbon-neutral methanol to accelerate the decarbonisation of its fleet and meet increased customer demand for greener transportation.

I've met with 100+ climate tech startups, what did I learn?

I am Diane, Frenchy in San Francisco and M&A investment banker now pursuing a higher purpose: fighting climate change. Since 2020, I’m shifting my career towards Venture Capital climate tech and I’ve met with 100+ climate tech startups in early stage (pre-seed, seed, Series A) and from all around th

Yale appoints Matthew Mendelsohn as chief investment officer

A veteran of the Yale Investments Office, Matthew S. T. Mendelsohn ’07 succeeds mentor David Swensen ’80 Ph.D. as leader of Yale's endowment.

Parcel API and Tileserver - Nationwide Coverage | Regrid

Present data on a map and look up the freshest parcel details with our API. And make beautiful maps with our Vector (MVT) and raster (PNG) tiles.

How Notre Dame Football Is Preparing Its Players For NIL

Brian Kelly noted the similarities to social media’s explosion during his tenure and the way Notre Dame tried to get out in front of that phenomenon as well.

‘Exhaust Fumes’, or, Understanding Startup Valuations. | by Sajith Pai | Medium

“Early stage valuations aren’t really valuations. They are the exhaust fumes of a negotiation about two things — the amount raised and the amount of dilution.” — Fred Wilson; source. “Those guys are…

The tech world gives back with a fund that gives cash to workers for organizing

The Solidarity Fund by Coworker gives out $2,500 grants to workers across the tech...

Paige Bueckers, Chet Holmgren and 25 more of college basketball's most marketable players

Whether it's social media following, talent or a combination of both, these college basketball players stand to make big bucks in the NIL era.

The Power of "Invisible" Relationships

Informal relationships are essential for change—in organizations and in life

The Difference Between Purpose and Sustainability (aka ESG)

Corporate purpose and sustainability (often referred to by the acronym of ESG for environmental, social, and governance) are now part of the mainstream lexicon in the corporate and investment communities. The two terms are often used interchangeably as synonyms. This is wrong. Purpose and sustainability are related but different ideas. Purpose comes first. Sustainability can […]

California, the first state to pass #NIL legisl... - Braly Keller on Twitter

California, the first state to pass #NIL legislation in 2019, now has an additional NIL bill moving forward. SB-26 unanimously passed in the Assembly and is headed back to the Senate for adoption of an urgency clause. If approved, this bill will have an immediate effective date. https://t.co/uxGC3QMcD4

Why You Should Wait Out the Wild Housing Market

Rising inventory is one of several signs that we may have reached peak ludicrousness.

Fintech Aspiration Plans to Merge With a SPAC in $2.3 Billion Deal

Aspiration Partners, the socially-conscious fintech backed by actors Robert Downey Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio, plans to merge with InterPrivate III Financial Partners.

It’s a new game in the NCAA. Will your personal brand make the cut?

The door is now open for NCAA athletes to profit from their names, images, and likenesses. Although the laws are a bit hazy on a state-to-state and even university-to-university case, the road map to endorsement and advertising opportunity is NOT. Strong personal branding by student athletes will be the deciding factor of who profits from this new marketing gold rush.

1729 - Learn Skills & Earn Crypto

The first newsletter that pays you. Bitcoin bounties for completing paid tasks and tutorials.

Nail Your Startup Pitch: Use Pixar's Story Formula to Win Over Investors

A framework to make your pitch 10x more compelling in a few minutes

Costa Rica signs law to attract digital nomads

President Carlos Alvarado on Wednesday signed into law a project that seeks to attract remote workers to Costa Rica.

The Rise of Sustainable Bonds for Affordable Housing

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Venture Capitalists Are Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Are venture capitalists an endangered species? It’s an interesting question, as investing in private tech companies becomes increasingly competitive. 

Breaking Down the Black-White Homeownership Gap

A recent report quantifies how major factors are linked to the racial homeownership gap.

Will the Pandemic Productivity Boom Last?

Fewer workers are making more stuff. If it lasts, that’s big news for the economy of the 2020s.

The Cloud 100 2021 Benchmarks Report

Today Bessemer Venture Partners, Forbes, and Salesforce Ventures announced the 2021 Cloud 100 List, the definitive ranking of the top 100 private cloud companies. And — keeping consistent with previous years’ trends — the 2021 list was even stronger than the last. This year features bigger companies, higher valuations, and more market tailwinds than ever before — so much so, in fact, that the estimated valuation required to make the list was over $1 billion*. That’s right. The bar for this year’s list was so high that each honoree achieved the unicorn milestone. Between Stripe at $95 billion, Databricks at $28 billion, and Checkout at $15 billion, to get on the 2021 Cloud 100 list was a fight among giants. These honorees truly represent the best cloud companies globally.

Why Startups Fail: Top 12 Reasons l CB Insights

We break down the top 12 reasons for startup failure — from lack of product-market fit to disharmony on the team — by analyzing 110+ startup failure post-mortems.

Generation IM: Trends Report

Sustainability Trends Report 2021 highlights a year of tipping points in the run up to COP26

E43: Innovative venture strategies, Zymergen's implosion, Square acquires Afterpay & more

Show Notes:0:00 Big week for the besties: Friedberg's new raise, Sacks' new fund & more16:30 Innovative venture strategies: internal mark ups, venture studio...

Study warns of 'irreversible transition' in ocean currents that could rapidly freeze parts of North America

A large system of ocean currents in the Atlantic has been disrupted due to human-caused climate change, scientists reported in a new study.

There's a big shift hitting the housing market

The housing market is cooling as shoppers finally balk at record prices.

Private Equity’s Wild First-Half Ride

Our midyear report found that the industry continued to supersize in 2021 and is on track to post its best year by far.

One week into NIL, MOGL app sees success in helping student-athletes

Now, Syal and Wimbush say thousands have athletes have signed up and hundreds of businesses too.

Compounding Crazy

Everything is moving so fast out there. What if it's just getting started?

VCs want “good” deals at “good” valuations. Val... - on Twitter

VCs want “good” deals at “good” valuations. Valuations 🚀 when there’s a bidding war for a 🔥 company. Some funds struggle to compete against larger funds. If goal of $100m fund is 20% ownership, hard to compete w/ $500m fund. Venture Studios are one way to compete. a 🧵 1/x

A Guide to Marketplaces: Third Edition - Version One

We’re thrilled to announce the third edition of “A Guide to Marketplaces.” We published our first edition five years ago and the second nearly three years ago. So much has changed since then – from the rise of B2B marketplaces to new crypto-native platforms.  Even as we explore emerging sectors like climate and crypto, we […]

Squire secures $34 million to support barbershops post-COVID - ImpactAlpha

ImpactAlpha, June 11 – High-contact businesses like nail and hair salons, barbershops and spas have been crippled by COVID, with many workers losing ...

Elevate Future Fund raises more than $60 million for diverse founders of climate startups - ImpactAlpha

ImpactAlpha, July 29 — New York-based Energy Impact Partners is supplementing its strategy of enlisting corporate partners to invest in energy-transition technologies. The ...

Bigger Checks, Days To Close: How 2021’s Red-Hot Venture Funding Landscape Is Shaking Up Early-Stage Investing

Startup funding around the world is on a tear this year and, increasingly, it’s not just traditional venture investors driving that growth.

NIL: Ripe for disruption or another race for digitization

When NCAA issued a temporary policy on July 2nd allowing college athletes to benefit monetarily from their name, image, and likeness, it didn’t come as a huge surprise to many. Already pressure was underway when California passed its own ‘SB206 Fair Pay to Play Act’ in September 2019 forbidding coll

Boston Children's Portfolio Has Done Well Despite Challenging 12-15 Months, Says Philip Rotner, Chief Investment Officer | Q&A | Investment News | Trusted Insight

Philip Rotner is the chief investment officer at Boston Children's Hospital, where he manages the hospital's endowment, pension, and short-term investment assets. In this interview, he explains why Boston Children's Hospital continues to be ranked as the number one pediatric hospital in the world, how Boston Children's built its proprietary investment model to support its mission of treating sick children, and how health system's don't ordinarily plan to sustain 12 months of losses caused by a pandemic. Although, Phil adds that investment markets have done just fine despite a challenging 12-15 months.

2020 EV100 Progress and Insights Annual Report | Climate Group

With transport now accounting for a quarter of global emissions, businesses are increasingly seizing the opportunity to lead on tackling the climate crisis by switching their vehicle fleets to electric.

Recurring Revenue: The Rise of an Asset Class | by John Street Capital | Medium

In June we wrote a piece entitled This Time It’s Different: Maybe? where we highlighted the outperformance of Cloud / SaaS stocks vs. the broader market, while noting that within the sector, public…

Something big is about to happen in the housing market — FORTUNE

The end is near for the mortgage forbearance program and the foreclosure moratorium. Here's what it means for the housing market.

Homeschooling surges across U.S., sparked by pandemic fallout

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational […]

Choosing Your North Star Metric

Multi-Stage Portfolio Construction with Monte Carlo

Guest post by Michael Palank (MaC Venture Capital) and Anubhav Srivastava (Tactyc) Readers can view this post in an interactive Tactyc model here. Earlier this year, Tactyc and MaC Venture Capital released an interactive seed-stage portfolio construction calculator, which serves as a high-leve

The World's Most Valuable Startups — Chartr: Data Storytelling

The world's most valuable startups. What are they, and where are they? The podcast boom. Podcasts had a really good 2020, despite the lack of a commute. Nokia. We chart the rise and fall of Nokia — once king of mobile phones.

The Pricing of Private Assets: Mutual Fund Investments in ‘Unicorn’ Companies by Björn Imbierowicz, Christian Rauch :: SSRN

This paper analyzes valuation dynamics of ‘Unicorn’ companies, that is, privately held venture capital-backed companies with a valuation of at least $1 billion.

Hamilton Lane | Q4 2020 & Year-End Valuations

The whipsawing observed in listed markets over the course of 2020 made for some of the most eagerly anticipated year-end private markets valuations in recent memory.

Term Sheet | Newsletters

Our daily brief on deals and dealmakers.

Y Combinator Top Companies List

The top Y Combinator companies of all time by valuation.

The quest for the investment Holy Grail — an index of everything

Benchmark providers seek to capture the performance of the entire market, from bonds and equities to private assets

"The Index Of Everything" - Indexers Are Closing In On 'The Holy Grail' Of Passive Investment

ZeroHedge - On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero

Rental Prices Broke Records in 44 Cities Last Month

As the inventory shortage forced more people to rent, the national median rental price jumped 8.1% from a year ago, realtor.com® reports.

SoftBank rewrote the VC rules. Now it’s Tiger’s turn.

Both Tiger Global and SoftBank have upended VC thinking by paying high prices and moving quickly on deals. But Tiger’s lighter touch could be helping it win deals.

How Big Tech got so big: Hundreds of acquisitions

For decades Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google gobbled up their competition to become behemoths of the tech industry, which has drawn attention from Congressional leaders and other critics who claim they’ve stifled innovation in the industry.

What David Swensen gave to Yale

Remembering an investment officer who cared.

List of Unicorn Startups & Markets | CB Insights

Discover the 700+ private companies with billion-dollar valuations, across artificial intelligence, e-commerce, fintech, and more, in this market map.

Ikea's House of Horrors

Earthsight investigation reveals Ikea, the world's largest furniture retailer, for years sold children's furniture linked to vast illegal logging in protected forests in Russia