Mobile money at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Since M-PESA was introduced in Kenya seven years ago, blogs and conference sessions have devoted more and more space to the potential of mobile money as an enabling technology for development. Suddenly, making banking services available to the unbanked no longer …

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Turning a bright idea into a business

You are invited to join Mal Warwick, co-author of The Business Solution to Poverty, and Erik Simanis, Managing Director, Market Creation Strategies at Cornell University, in a Google Hangout tomorrow, Monday, June 9. The Google Hangout, entitled “The Business Model Behind the …

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Join Mal Warwick on Monday June 9

You are invited to join impact investor Mal Warwick, co-author of The Business Solution to Poverty, and Erik Simanis, Managing Director, Market Creation Strategies at Cornell University, in a Google Hangout on Monday, June 9. The Google Hangout, entitled “The Business Model …

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Google Hangout with Mal Warwick

You are invited to join impact investor Mal Warwick, co-author of The Business Solution to Poverty, and Erik Simanis, Managing Director, Market Creation Strategies at Cornell University, in a Google Hangout on Monday, June 9. The Google Hangout, entitled “The Business …

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Who are the innovators?

By Mal Warwick Innovation is alive and well among entrepreneurs – but not so much where you’d expect. Take Silicon Valley, for example – a place long considered virtually synonymous with innovation. Twelve companies originating from that hotbed of invention …

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Bootstrapping change in Africa

A review of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa, by Dayo Olopade @@@@ (4 out of 5) By Mal Warwick It starts with the title itself — Dayo Olopade’s challenge to the prevailing sentiment that sub-Saharan Africa …

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Pay-as-you-go technology for the rural poor

“How M-KOPA unlocked pay-as-you-go solar in rural Kenya” is a recent article for the website Gigaom by Katie Fehrenbacher about the growth of a fascinating rural solar business that uses Kenya’s home-grown banking-by-text system, M-PESA. The cost reported in this article (US$0.46 per …

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Is microfinance the answer?

By Mal Warwick Microfinance has taken quite a beating in recent years, as evidence has accumulated that its impact falls far short of the impressive gains predicted in its heyday after Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in …

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And the winner is . . .

Rob Lavoie of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has won the Net Impact $5,000 Business Solution to Poverty Challenge. His entry was the unanimous choice of the three judges, Paul Polak and Mal Warwick, coauthors of The Business Solution to Poverty, and …

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