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New Platform Allows Investors To Acquire Interests In Farmland - #1101
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April 25, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Carter Malloy, founder and CEO of AcreTrader, has created a crowdfunding platform to allow investors to purchase interests in farmland. An asset class that has eluded most investors, the platform makes it easy to gain exposure to farmland.

Farmland increases in value and generates revenue, in combination providing an attractive return over the long haul.

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Here’s A Way You Can Make A Difference In The Life Of A Child - #1100
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April 23, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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For decades, unaccompanied minors have been arriving at the United States border as refugees or seeking asylum. Once processed, they quickly need to find foster homes where they can receive the support they need to thrive in their new country.

Catholic Community Services of Utah is the agency that manages foster care placements in Utah--one of only 13 participating states. At the moment, the organization is looking to find 90 more families in Utah to host arriving foster children.

Tune in to this discussion to learn more about how you can go beyond the rhetoric to make a difference in the life of a child.

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Honoring Their Immigrant Roots, Entrepreneurs Combine Impact Investing And Film - #1099
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April 19, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Andrew Leon Hanna, 27, and David Delaney Mayer, also 27, became fast friends at Duke, based, at least in part, on their shared status as descendants of immigrants they have known. After years of searching, the pair settled on starting a social enterprise called DreamxAmerica to write an empowering narrative of immigrants, creating a film production company that would tell the story of immigrant entrepreneurs and invest in their businesses.

Hanna, a Harvard Law student, is a first-generation Egyptian-American. Mayer’s grandfather was a refugee from Germany following World War II; his great grandfather was killed in Auschwitz.

The new enterprise is not only personal but timely. “Immigrants are too often portrayed in the media one-dimensionally as victims or villains—not as the strong, creative, inspiring human beings they truly are,” Hanna notes. Media narratives around immigration are often highly polarized.

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Three-Fold Mission Powers Kuli Kuli To Success - #1098
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April 18, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Since she launched her business five years ago, we’ve been following Lisa Curtis and her social enterprise Kuli Kuli, the superfood business built around moringa. She continues to impress.

In April, she closed a $6.2 million financing round. Kuli Kuli has done $10 million in revenue since inception. More importantly, at least to me and the farmers who are growing the moringa, she has remained true to her social mission.

The three-fold mission of Kuli Kuli is to 1) reduce poverty by empowering smallholder farmers in the developing world, 2) fight climate change and 3) improve global health through better nutrition.

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A Filmmaker’s Close Look Shows No One Is Immune From Heroin Addiction - #1097
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April 16, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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The first lesson Conrad Weaver learned about heroin as he worked to produce his new film Heroin’s Grip was that no one is immune. Addiction captures rich and poor alike.

Another key insight from his research is that the most dangerous drugs on the street are the most sought after. When someone dies from taking heroin laced with fentanyl, the reaction on the street is often to find the dealer not to avoid their stuff but to get it.

The tragic result is as we’ve seen in recent years that sometimes several people--if not several dozen--die in a series as one after another seeks the ultimate high.

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Hubris? 24-Year-Old Entrepreneur Seeks To Reinvent $13 Trillion Grocery Industry - #1096
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April 12, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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When anyone seeks to reinvent the grocery business in light of both the wreckage left by WebVan and the presence of Amazon with Whole Foods in the market, it is hard to conceive success for a well-capitalized upstart. When the entrepreneur is a 24-year-old college dropout, the temptation to dismiss him grows. Chai Mishra is launching a consumer-owned cooperative to provide online groceries with confidence bordering on hubris, but backers including Y Combinator and the San Francisco 49ers are betting on his new platform, simply called Move.

Mishra sees two primary problems with the current food distribution business. First is unequal access to food. Second is the exploitation of food producers, especially smallholder farmers both in the U.S. and around the world.

He argues that the existing supply chain for food makes it unnecessarily expensive to consumers and rewards producers inadequately. He notes that coffee growers are paid as little as 7 cents per pound for raw coffee beans and consumers pay $15 per pound in stores.

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Teacher Inspires 7th Graders To Take Action To Eliminate Plastic One Town At A Time - #1095
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April 11, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Two 7th graders, inspired by a student project led by their 6th grade teacher Ms. Nikki Ferringo, created a nonprofit organization to rid the world of disposable plastics one town at a time, starting in their hometown of Highland Park, New Jersey.

Andrew Dalton and Mac Jones have already marked success by getting the school district to switch from plastic to biodegradable cutlery in school lunch rooms. They have also been advocating for and getting restaurants to commit to making plastic straws available only upon request.

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Clients Doing Good Inspired Data For Good Program at Radius - #1094
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April 09, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Radius CEO Joel Carusone saw that clients were beginning to use its data tools for disaster relief outreach and saw an opportunity to help more people do more good. It launched a program it calls “Data for Good” to help clients use their software tools at no charge for creating positive social impact.

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Dating App Purveyor Shares Entrepreneurial Insights - #1093
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April 05, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Geoff Cook, the CEO and co-founder of The Meet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEET)--the company that markets the MeetMe, Lovoo, Skout, Tagged and Growlr--joined me for a conversation about the social impact of dating apps and the challenges of entrepreneurship.

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'Hippie' Immigrant Launches Good Money Banking Co-Op For The People - #1092
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April 04, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Gunnar Lovelace, founder and CEO of Good Money, was raised in a “hippie commune” in California. He doesn’t think much of the banking system in the U.S., so he’s launched Good Money, a consumer banking platform structured as a customer-owned cooperative, to change things--radically.

In the video player above, you can watch our full interview. This is how he framed our discussion:

Just to clearly frame the problem--the average U.S. consumer today spends $360 a year for a s****y banking product where banks pay practically zero on your money as a customer then leverage your money on a 10x ratio to go fund things like the Dakota Access Pipeline and private prisons and make a bunch of money on that and then pay you nothing. As a consumer you kind of say that out loud that “I'm going to give you money to make money on my money, messing things up while paying me nothing” is the definition of insanity. You double click even a little bit further than that. The top banks today make $30 billion a year in overdraft fees just out of people's checking accounts and they will run a large check first so that all of the small checks in a check clearing cycle cause an overdraft fee. They then run and share a blacklist amongst each other so that if you don't pay the overdraft fees you get blacklisted out of the traditional banking system into a much more predatory and pernicious prepaid debit market and payroll market system.

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