I set this blog up a year ago as I was starting a much-needed sabbatical, away from the world of impact investing where I have worked for a decade. My thought was that I would have the time to think and write about big issues facing the industry, and that would help me figure out what I would work on next. Well, instead I spent a year riding my bike and hanging out with my children. I don’t regret it in the slightest, but the blog, um, suffered. The two of you I told to bookmark this blog were surely disappointed.
A year later, and I’m really back. My firm, Occam Advisors, is working to get the capital markets working for impact in my home state of Oregon. That work is taking many different forms, from helping foundations set up investment programs to helping businesses that are committed to integrating impact into their products to helping innovative non-profits think about how to scale their work. The challenges and opportunities we see here in Oregon mirror what’s going on around the country. I hope that by writing about a few things I’m seeing, I can spur a dialog with people here and elsewhere about scalable solutions to big problems.
So, here goes.
Patrick Maloney lives in Portland, OR where he helps nice people working on cool stuff. He tries to limit his blogging to things about which he knows something.