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Author Sissman, Patrick, author

Title FARM : an impact investing collaborative / Patrick Sissman, Adam J. Wasserstein
Published London : Yale School of Management, 2018
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Summary Tom Bird and some like-minded associates had founded FARM in 2011 to invest in for-profit enterprises that were looking to make a positive social contribution with their work, an area called impact investing. Overall, the portfolio the fund assembled was strong: financially, the fund had outperformed traditional venture capital benchmarks, and its companies were generating meaningful social impact across the globe in the areas of health, education, energy, and poverty reduction. Tom Bird must now consider how FARM should continue to operate given that he ran the fund's growing portfolio without dedicated full-time staff. Bird also had more a pressing decision to consider. He had to decide whether FARM would invest in OnFrontiers, a company that was approaching its fundraising deadline. Despite the company's strong traction to date, Bird had doubts about the investment. From a financial standpoint, the outlook appeared to be attractive - OnFrontiers offered a unique service and had put together a robust customer pipeline. However, FARM's mission had been to invest in companies that would help serve the nearly 4 billion people living on less than four dollars per day and OnFrontier's customers primarily consisted of well-heeled western companies
Notes Originally Published InSissman, P., and Wasserstein, A. J. (2018). FARM: An Impact Investing Collaborative. Yale SOM Case 18-022. New Haven, CT: Yale School of Management, Yale University
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Subject Bird, Tom
FARM Fund -- Case studies
Impact investing.
Investments -- Social aspects -- Case studies
Impact investing.
Investments -- Social aspects.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Wasserstein, Adam J., author
ISBN 152970555X