Is ESG Investing Bullsh*t?

Did you hear the news? Fossil fuels and deep sea oil rigs are all the rage these days when it comes to ESG investing. Forget doubling down on electric vehicles, renewable energy, solar etc… All we have to do to save the world is invest in Environmentally, Socially, Governance responsible companies…like Exxon. It looks like...

The Dangers of Fanatically Combatting Climate Change: A VC’s Perspective

The world is going to hell in a handbasket. Temperatures are rising, extreme weather events too, and we all know what will happen if warming exceeds the 1.5C “safe-ish” threshold set by innumerable climate experts to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Thankfully, although much of the world has simply failed to react and...

Why Sustainability Should be at the Core of Every Business and Startup

In case you haven’t heard… climate change. Need I say more? Between rising temperatures, increasingly frequent “natural” disasters and the unforeseen, terrifying consequences of everything from ocean acidification, alterations in rain and agricultural outputs and the inevitable waves of climate refugees seeking asylum, the world is in for a wild ride. But you know all...

Sustainable is the New Digital

Is this the Death of Dirty Business? Written by Matt Ward and Gerd Leonhard Since the advent of the microprocessor, and even more so since the dotcom boom and bust cycle of the 90s, the economy has been transforming from one based on hard goods, assets, and rxaw materials to one focused almost entirely on...

The Good Future: People, Planet, Purpose, and Prosperity

Written by Matt Ward and Gerd Leonhard Adam Smith, with his landmark book The Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, is recognized by most as the father of capitalism. In 1970, Milton Friedman built upon Smith’s legacy with the Friedman doctrine, outlining the basics of what we recognize today as shareholder capitalism — which argues that a...

Why Innovators Need to Start Dreaming Bigger and Bolder

VCs Need to Stop Funding Nonsense We all only have so much time in this world — whether you live to 50, 80 or 153 (like I’m shooting for) — our time is limited, and so too is our impact. And like life expectancy, our impact is directly proportional to our beliefs. Said another way: