“Why didn’t I think of this?”

When Cynthia Koenig, an innovative young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people …

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Indispensable for entrepreneurs

A review of The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, by Eric Ries By Mal Warwick @@@@ (4 out of 5) Bloomberg reports that 8 out of 10 new businesses fail within the first 18 months …

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The Guardian reports on SunWater

In an article entitled “Cleantech in the developing world: from solar power to refrigeration” in theguardian.com, Kristine A. Wong refers to the new technology at the core of Paul Polak’s company, SunWater, as a dramatically cheaper alternative to diesel engines and …

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What is a social enterprise?

By Mal Warwick In a study of 430 ventures in India financed by the Rockefeller Foundation and the International Finance Corporation (an arm of the World Bank), Intellecap defined a social enterprise using the following criteria: 1. For-profit: They operate …

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Where are impact investors putting their money?

Farmers seeking credit to install solar power systems and “even innovators in education, with fairly tried-and-tested models, have had to trudge difficult paths” to obtain credit in India, according to an article today in India’s Economic Times by Naren Karunakaran.  Why? Because …

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Want innovation? Look beyond Silicon Valley

Today Mal Warwick’s article, “Want innovation? Look beyond Silicon Valley,” was posted on the Virgin Disruptors website, one of Richard Branson’s innumerable efforts to promote entrepreneurialism. Guy Kawasaki moderates the debate, with a team that includes Branson and a handful of …

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