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Drinking from the Fire Hose that is SOCAP

This week, the largest gathering of social impact entrepreneurs, nonprofits, investors and philanthropists met in San Francisco. In its seventh year, SoCap is now 2,500 strong. Normally, we’re publishing our Social Impact Update the first week of the month, but the discussion at SOCAP has been so vibrant, so optimistic, so solution oriented and so filled with […]

Fail Fast. What would Yogi do?

In 2013 I attended the Launch startup festival in San Francisco. It completely changed my mind about what Catalytic Women could be. Instead of providing philanthropic consulting and educational events, could we create scalable revenue as a for-profit social enterprise? The idea was intriguing. The answer? I’m still not sure. Thus began my journey as a […]

Fashioning the Right Lens

For the past 3 or 4 years, I have been wrapped up in what has become known as “Gender Lens Investing.” The definitions of this space are far-ranging and diverse; the caption “making investment decisions with awareness of a set of gendered dynamics” tends to capture them all. This movement, which is bringing together the […]

An Interview with Roxanne Varza, Microsoft Ventures Europe & co-founder of Girls in Tech

“When I was growing up, my Dad used to tell me, ‘come, I want to show you how to build a computer’ and I though ‘ow, who want’s to do that?’ I totally should have done it! I would encourage people to start early and I wish I had started earlier too.”