DBL Investors http://www.dblinvestors.com Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:01:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Solar power seeks answers for 51st state http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/solar-power-seeks-answers-for-51st-state/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/solar-power-seeks-answers-for-51st-state/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:53:48 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1929 As reported in Electricity Policy:  The Solar Electric Power Association is asking for fresh thinking about how to balance the conflicting interests of utility, solar power, and other stakeholders in energy markets. SEPA calls it “The 51st State Challenge.” From Jim Pierobon’s Energy Collective blog come questions such as: (1) Might policies that can benefit all stakeholders be provided with balanced and transparent treatment? (2) What rights do homeowners, business owners, and others organizations have to generate their own electricity without excessive monthly charges? (3) How should any excess generation be treated through improved net metering policies? (4) How are the interests of non-solar ratepayers affected? A five-member team that will review submissions, due Feb. 27, includes Sue Tierney, Ron Binz, Jim Rogers, Nancy Pfund, and Jigar Shah. “Our goal,” says SEPA, “is not to identify one outcome but rather to find multiple frameworks that resonate and provide a platform for all stakeholders to participate in our energy future together.”

To read the full article, visit ElectricityPolicy.com.


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Patagonia Invests In Yerdle Through Its Internal Venture Fund http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/patagonia-invests-in-yerdle-through-its-internal-venture-fund/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/patagonia-invests-in-yerdle-through-its-internal-venture-fund/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:59:05 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1925 By Ariel Schwartz: Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company known as much for its creative approach to environmental responsibility as for its clothing, announced today at Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored conference that it has made an investment in Yerdle, an app that lets people give away items and get redeemable credits in exchange, through the company’s $20 Million & Change internal venture fund.

To read the full article, visit Fast Company.

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A Guide to Surviving in an Unpredictable World http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/a-guide-to-surviving-in-an-unpredictable-world/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/a-guide-to-surviving-in-an-unpredictable-world/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:47:33 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1884 By Diane Brady: As president of the Rockefeller Foundation, Judith Rodin is less attuned to making money than to giving it away. And yet The Resilience Dividend, her new book that goes on sale on Tuesday, is essentially a primer on how to identify and build sustainable value in any venture. That’s because resilience, the ability to adapt to change and bounce back from crisis, is about much more than surviving the next violent storm. It’s about creating a culture that makes you ready to withstand whatever comes your way.

… As Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors in Silicon Valley notes, “Resilience requires an attention to enhancing things like systems and communities” to make them more sustainable. For Pfund, that broader sense of mission was a key factor in deciding to back ventures including Tesla Motors (TSLA) and Pandora (P): “It made them willing to defy conventional wisdom.”…

To read the full article, visit Bloomberg Businessweek.


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ELEGANT DISRUPTION Smart, sexy, and never self-righteous: how one luxury startup does social responsibility right http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/elegant-disruption-smart-sexy-and-never-self-righteous-how-one-luxury-startup-does-social-responsibility-right/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/11/elegant-disruption-smart-sexy-and-never-self-righteous-how-one-luxury-startup-does-social-responsibility-right/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:15 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1889 By Jenni Avins:  In today’s fashion industry, a social mission is a highly effective branding tool. Eyewear company Warby Parker, which contributes a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair it sells, sold half a million pairs of glasses in 12 months. In August, Bain Capital bought half of the Toms shoe company, which also works with a sell-one-donate-one model, in a deal that valued the manufacturer of cotton slip-ons at $625 million. For brands at the higher end of the market, selling socially conscious ideals is a more complicated challenge. The luxury realm of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and Hermés favors the idea of heritage—and specifically of the European persuasion, at that. Self-righteous startups need not apply.

But three years ago, a new luxury label called Maiyet quietly appeared, with sophisticated, streamlined ready-to-wear; weighty gold statement jewelry; and bohemian leather sandals. As fashion was turning to minimalism, Maiyet looked just right, and the brand—with a mission that had as much to do with social good as it did with aesthetics—was welcomed into the fold.

To read the full arti­cle, visit Quartz.


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Venture Capital Firm Invests in Start-Ups With a Social Mission http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/venture-capital-firm-invests-in-start-ups-with-a-social-mission/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/venture-capital-firm-invests-in-start-ups-with-a-social-mission/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:49:11 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1873 By Sarah Max:  When the co-founders of SolarCity, Lyndon and Peter Rive, along with their cousin Elon Musk, were raising money for their solar energy start-up in 2007, they called on just one outside investor. It wasn’t Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital or any of the other prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firms, but a $75 million fund managed under the umbrella of JPMorgan Chase.

The fund’s managing director, Nancy Pfund, isn’t a household name. Yet over the last decade, she has quietly built a reputation as the go-to venture capitalist for companies looking to make a social impact.

To read the full article, visit The New York Times.

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Morgan Stanley — Women’s Leadership Summit — Inside the Executive Suite panel http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/morgan-stanley-womens-leadership-summit-inside-the-executive-suite-panel/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/morgan-stanley-womens-leadership-summit-inside-the-executive-suite-panel/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:25:34 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1879 Nancy Pfund, Founder & Managing Partner, presents at the Morgan Stanley “Inside the Executive Suite” discussion led by Sara Furber, COO of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

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