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Rob Katz

After co-founding NextBillion.net and spending 8-plus years working at the intersection of business and international development, Rob Katz is currently pursuing a MBA at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

 

Prior to Stanford, Rob was Acumen Fund’s Knowledge Manager, leading Acumen’s efforts to understand where markets work –and where they don’t – in terms of solving the problems of poverty. Most recently, he co-authored From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing(Monitor Group and Acumen Fund, 2012.) In addition to writing reports, he was responsible for applied research and writing efforts across the firm; he also oversaw Acumen’s knowledge management systems.Rob joined Acumen Fund in 2008, managing online communications as well as knowledge before shifting full time into applied research work.

 

Before Acumen Fund, Rob worked with the Markets and Enterprise Program of the World Resources Institute, where he began his career researching, writing and speaking about “base of the pyramid” business approaches to poverty alleviation. At WRI, he co-founded www.NextBillion.net, a web site and blog about enterprise and development, and co-authored The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid (IFC and WRI, 2007).

 

Here at NextBillion, Rob is both a member of our Advisory Board and a contributor to the blog.

 

Rob earned his B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.

 

Follow Rob on Twitter @robertkatz.

 

Articles by Rob Katz

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    Transitions in the NextBillion Team: Rob Katz and Acumen Fund

    I’m finding it difficult to put the right words on paper today as I seek to let you know about some important transitions on site. Today, I’ll officially transition from my role as a Managing Editor on NextBillion to that of a Staff Writer. Acumen Fund, my employer, transitions from its role as a Managing Partner to that of an Associate Partner.

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    Remembering CK Prahalad – Collected Thoughts

    As an undergraduate summer intern, I helped edit case studies that appear in the appendices of The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. It was my first exposure to CK Prahalad, and I was lucky. Who else gets to spend their summer editing what would go on to become an influential book by the world’s soon-to-be-named number one management guru?

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    ANDE Launches Impact Report and Announces Grants

    The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) - now a global network of more than 80 high-profile organizations supporting high-impact entrepreneurship in developing countries - today announced the findings of its 2009 Impact Report. For instance, the report notes that ANDE members have made 2,500 investments totalling $830 million.

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    One Acre Fund: Empowering the One Acre Farmer

    I recently had the pleasure to meet Andrew Youn, co-founder of the One Acre Fund. He and his co-founder, Eric Pohlman, generously agreed to an interview. Last week, One Acre Fund named as one of four 2010 Skoll Awardees. Let’s learn more about Andrew, Eric and the social enterprise they’ve dedicated themselves to: One Acre Fund.

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    Kenya Dispatch – M-PESA to the Rescue

    Since its introduction in 2006, I have been obsessing over an innovative little cell phone service called M-PESA. Launched by Safaricom ? Vodafone?s subsidiary in East Africa ? the M-PESA service allows Safaricom customers to transfer phone credit wirelessly, through SMS.

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    Indicorps Fellowships – Apply by March 1

    Question: What do you get when you mix equal parts Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy?Answer: The ideal Indicorps Fellow.

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    Are You Unreasonable? Vote Now!

    Were you unreasonable then? If so, then likely you still are. If not, then get with the program! (Just kidding - but seriously - check this out.)Thirty?four young entrepreneurs, hailing from 19 countries are vying for twenty?five spots in a ten?week Boulder?based incubator called the Unreasonable Institute.

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    Announcing TechnoServe as a New Partner in NextBillion

    We are pleased to announce that TechnoServe has agreed to join the NextBillion community as an Associate Partner. TechnoServe joins World Resources Institute, Acumen Fund and William Davidson Institute as the site’s Partners.

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