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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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    Are You Unreasonable?

    Well, are you? If you are, then be sure to apply to this year’s Unreasonable Institute. The Institute is an social enterprise incubator / fellowship / peer-selected investment fund all rolled into one somewhat messy, completely brilliant ball.

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    Village Capital Announces Peer-Selected Investment Funds

    If you have a business idea to help improve the world, listen up. The newly-announced West Coast Village Capital (WCVC) is a social venture program that brings entrepreneurs together to learn from and support each other’s social enterprises. Unlike most incubators or seed funds, however, WCVC also puts the investment decision in the hands of...

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    WDI to Host Impact Assessment Workshop

    Metrics, impact assessment and impact investing are popular and important topics in development right now. Much of the work in this area has been done ad hoc, though that is beginning to change with the advent of the Global Impact Investing Network and the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards. An interesting workshop will take it forward...

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    NYU: Measuring Impact, Valuing Investment

    Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Sixth Annual NYU Conference of Social Entrepreneurs here in New York. The day-long conference brought practitioners together with academics for a day-long discourse on measuring impact and valuing (social) investment.

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    Introducing Editor Nathan Wyeth

    We are glad to welcome the newest member of the NextBillion.net team, Nathan Wyeth. Nathan will support the operations of NextBillion.net, specifically its news, research, and jobs sections. He combines an academic background in international development with experience in environmental and energy policymaking.

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    D.Light’s $10 Kerosene Killer

    On Tuesday, D.Light Design released its newest product, the Kiran. Dubbed by its staff a $10 Kerosene Killer, the Kiran is the world’s most affordable quality solar lamp. According to the company’s web site, "It is a safer and brighter alternative to the kerosene lantern, and is designed to provide 360-degree lighting for the home or workplace."

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    Apply Now to Become a 2011 Acumen Fund Fellow

    Acumen Fund is excited to announce that the application process for the 2010-2011 Class of Acumen Fund Fellows is now open! (Full disclosure: I work at Acumen Fund and the organization is one of the NextBillion’s Founding Sponsors.)Applications will be accepted online until 11:59pm EST on Thursday, November 5, 2009.

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    BoP Conference Report: Be Patient, Stay Longer, Come Back

    This past weekend, 100+ attendees convened in Ann Arbor, Michigan for "Creating a Shared Roadmap: Collaboratively Advancing the Base of the Pyramid Community." Despite the tortured title - one only an academic could love! - the 3-day event was incredibly vibrant and merits a quick report-out here on NextBillion.

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