Understanding Impact Investing

The following text is an excerpt from a larger report. Available upon request. Until early 2000s, investors have historically drawn a clear distinction between their investment activities and philanthropy. Recently, the impact investing industry is growing rapidly. The idea of impact investing came about from Christian ministries in the United States in mid-1700s when moral… Continue reading Understanding Impact Investing

Trends in Impact Investing

The following text is an excerpt from a larger report. Available upon request. 1. Blended-Value Capital The idea of blended capital paved the way for new thinking across silo networks of maximizing value. It focused on aligning the investments of endowments with the mission of the foundation. The philosophy was launched Jed Emerson, a strategic… Continue reading Trends in Impact Investing

Impact Investing in South Korea

The following text is an excerpt from a larger report. Available upon request. Country Landscape Overview Korea is one of few success stories in economic and social development in the world. From its predominantly agricultural state, South Korea had to advance possessing few natural resources. Korea’s growth initially depended on a low wage, educated and… Continue reading Impact Investing in South Korea

Venture Capital vs. Private Equity

I had my own doubts. Venture capital and private equity are very different disciplines. While both purchase stocks in privately held businesses, I wasn't sure how to quite feel about PE being so risk averse. It was incredibly rare to find a VC portfolio driven by disruption opportunities. I looked closely into the increasing private… Continue reading Venture Capital vs. Private Equity

Impact Investing in Asia

Asia has felt so far away but is less new to me now. With the help of family, friends, and gracious hosts, I learned tremendously. I breathed in secondhand smoking, met my mentors at the Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), ate Ya Kun Kaya Toast with Temasek, a $235 billion dollar sustainability fund, chatted with investment banks,… Continue reading Impact Investing in Asia

Moving Toward Value-Based Financial Systems

(Originally written: 11.13.2018) I've been thinking cross-culturally about finance institutions and how we can reinvent the modern systems in a value-based investing approach. The growth of finance made civilizations possible, as the role of finance and institutions - money, bonds, banks, corporations, helped urban centers to expand and cultures to flourish. Finance was at key… Continue reading Moving Toward Value-Based Financial Systems