Articles by Paul Breloff
The Other Capital in Impact Investing: Why Human Capital May Matter More than Money, and What Investors Can Do About It
Money is not enough for impact businesses to succeed, according to Paul Breloff of Shortlist; they need an answer to their human capital challenges to unlock their world-changing potential. Here he discusses why human capital matters, why it's being under-supported by impact investors and what it will take for more investors to see it for what it is – an area of great opportunity.
Think Globally, Innovate Locally: If you’re trying to serve individual customers, you can’t be a plane ride away, says Accion Venture Lab’s Paul Breloff
Here’s a common quote among entrepreneurs: “We’re focused on the BoP in [pick an emerging market] – but our senior management team is based in [some fully emerged market].” But as Accion Venture Lab’s Paul Breloff argues, if you’re trying to serve individual customers, you’ve got to immerse yourself in the countless intangibles that make up their daily lives.
NexThought Monday – Early Risks, Big Returns: What’s next for Impact Investing series – rethinking what’s ‘investible’
It’s hard enough to build a business that makes money in emerging markets without focusing on social impact. But that’s only part of the issue. Investable companies are out there, but too often we’re looking in the wrong places—or, we need to reconsider what’s “investable.”So far, Accion Venture Lab has found a rich pipeline of investable companies where others haven’t, thanks in part to our three-prong strategy: investing earlier, tolerating more uncertainty, and concentrating on big-picture priorities over returns.