The Good Capital Movement: How Everyone Can Be a Social Investor
The Bay Area is home to a new generation of entrepreneurs and investors who are doing well by doing good, and transforming the landscape of business, investing and philanthropy.
Come learn about the emerging “good capital” movement that is changing the world through sustainable businesses designed to impact global and local problems, and how everyone — for-profit companies, nonprofits and individuals — can be part of it.
Leading our discussion are social entrepreneurs and investors propelling this new wave of business, including Kevin Jones of Good Capital, Tracey Pettengill Turner of MicroPlace, Ben Black of New Cycle Capital, Dina Bitton of Digital Divide Data, and John Olson of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Center for Community Development Initiatives- The Good Business Network
Dina Bitton is an expert in the area of high-performance database management and a successful entrepreneur. She held faculty positions at Cornell University and at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
After achieving recognition in her academic career, she founded three successful software companies, where she defined new markets such as Data Profiling and Enterprise Information Integration. She recently sold her third startup, Callixa, to SAP, where she held the position of Vice President of Technology until 2007.
Bitton serves on the advisory board of several technology startups. She was a founding member and Chairman of the Board of the Women's Technology Cluster in San Francisco, a business incubator for women-led technology companies.
She is also Chairman of the Board of Digital Divide Data, an internationally acclaimed non-profit that uses a sustainable, private-sector business model to break the cycle of poverty in the developing world.
Bitton holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics from the Technion Institute in Israel, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin.
Ben Black is the co-founder and General Partner of New Cycle Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investing in businesses that promote The Sustainable Economy.
Black was previously on the investment teams at Maveron, a consumer-focused venture capital firm founded by Howard Schultz, the Chairman of Starbucks, and Rosewood Capital, a consumer-focused private equity firm. He has been integral to investments that include two Inc. 500 award winners, Allconnect and iFloor.com, and also Internet REIT, OnRequest Images , Citizenhawk and SneakerVilla.
As an entrepreneur, Black was VP of Corporate Development for a team that transformed Harris Interactive into the leading internet-based market research firm, culminating into a successful IPO and now generates more than $250M in revenue. By training, Black is an attorney and worked at Latham & Watkins after clerking on the Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1997. Black earned both his Bachelors of Arts and his Juris Doctor degrees at Cornell University.
As a founding principal of Good Capital, Jones leads market formation activities and advisor and portfolio company engagement. He has extensive private investment experience as both a limited partner and as an angel in a range of technology and social enterprises.
Jones' former positions include CEO of Net Market Makers, an $18 million revenue online community and research and events company. Jones built Net Market Makers into the largest brand in business-to-business internet commerce before it was sold to Jupiter Media Metrix in 2000. Five of his previous six businesses all achieved market dominance before he left or sold them.
Olson is the manager of the San Francisco Fed's Community Development regional managers, who provide technical assistance and program leadership in the nine Western states that make up the Federal Reserve's 12th District.
The team promotes partnership building among financial institutions, community organizations, and government entities to support community and economic development in low-income communities. Olson also acts as senior advisor to the San Francisco Fed's Center for Community Development Investments, and advises the department on bank regulatory matters that impact community development.
Tracey Pettengill Turner
Turner is a well known social entrepreneur committed to finding market-based solutions to global poverty.
She is a seasoned business executive who has been involved in international development, social investing and philanthropy for more than 15 years. Prior to founding MicroPlace, Turner was CFO of KickStart, an organization that designs and sells products focused on poverty alleviation.
In 1998, she started her first company, 4charity, a web-based marketplace for charitable giving, and served as its CEO. Earlier in her career, Turner held a variety of positions with socially responsible firms including the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Calvert Ventures and the World Bank.
Turner's numerous leadership awards include 2000 Top 25 Women of the Web Award, San Francisco Business Times Leadership Award and a Working Woman Magazine Entrepreneurship Award. Turner holds a degree in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Ben Black,co-founder and General Partner of New Cycle Capital, discusses how New Cycle Capital's investment in human capital is giving people without a high school education life skills and enabling them to be leaders in their community.