Author: Bill Harrington

Companies doing Unreasonable good

As a most unusual meet-up of investors and entrepreneurs, it could have been called “Doing Good Meets Business Discipline” or maybe “Non-profit Goes For-Profit.” With uncharacteristic understatement, the event sponsor, Unreasonable Institute, of Boulder, CO, chose to call it merely…

Social entrepreneurs flourish in Africa

  As perhaps the first-ever conference of social entrepreneurs in Africa, the Sankalp East Africa conference in Nairobi in February did not disappoint. The conference, organized by Intellecap, a leading Indian company in social enterprise, featured twelve entrepreneurs from Africa…

Term sheet fundamentals, part 1

The expectations and procedures regarding term sheets can be perplexing to the first time entrepreneur.  For the angel investor, it’s often a question of tagging along with a larger investor’s terms, which can be problematic as well.  We’ll discuss some…

Investing in microfinance

As we have come to learn, microfinance is the provision of small loans to the working or self-employed poor through microfinance institutions (MFIs).  Microfinance has spread to involve small savings accounts and other products such as life insurance and even…

High impact companies identified

Kopo Kopo provides back-office services that allow retailers in Kenya to accept payment for purchases by customers using their cellphones.  Biosense Technologies is a medical diagnostic company in India that has developed a non-invasive device, currently in clinical trials, that…

How to present to investors

With the upcoming start of the Investors Circle conference in Philadelphia just a day away, it might be helpful to review the key points of a good presentation.  The problem for entrepreneurs is that they will have very few minutes…