Half of entrepreneurs don’t have this key relationship—you can change that

Half of entrepreneurs don’t have this key relationship—you can change that

On May 21, 2021

Ask most successful people how they launched their business and they will say luck, grit, and support from friends and family: a spouse, their parents, maybe a...

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Black Lives Matter: A Statement from the Cogent Team

Black Lives Matter: A Statement from the Cogent Team

On April 27, 2021

We affirm that Black Lives Matter and recommit to that value in the wake of Duante Wright, Adam Toldedo, and Ma’Khia Bryant’s deaths at the hands of police.

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Four Steps to Donate Like An Investor

On March 15, 2021

In such unprecedented times, many find themselves asking: How can I help? My answer is always to lead with your heart and choose with your head.

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The Equity Triple Crown: how to hit a home run in Gender & Racial Equity Investing

The Equity Triple Crown: how to hit a home run in Gender & Racial Equity Investing

On January 21, 2021

An unfortunate CEO expressed what many other business leaders think (but have the sense not to say publicly): “I would love to promote and hire more...

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Racial Equity & Impact Investing

On September 09, 2020

Seeing a lot for sale signs lately around your neighborhood?  But the prices are astronomical?  The more you look, the more you notice that your neighborhood...

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What Susan is doing

As we emerge cautiously from our pandemic caves, it’s wonderful to be out with humans again, at least a little bit. Then again Zoom is part of our workplace culture now and I’m grateful for the technology, as is our Cogent principal, Terri Barreiro, who I enjoy seeing weekly at Impact Hub MSP, which she co-founded with Katie Kalkman. Lately, I have had the good fortune to be spending time with talented Black entrepreneurs and they give me a lot of hope for our communities: people like Ian Alexander, Anisha Murphy, and Karine Blanc. You’ll note that many of the people leading this work are women and in honor of Women’s History Month, I also want to give a shout to someone I’ve admired for years: the late great Madeline Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. 

It’s got me thinking about the suspicion many in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors have regarding the for-profit sector. Skepticism and pointed questions are good but it is possible that the for-profit sector will develop sustainable, scalable solutions to our pressing challenges: racial justice, gender equality, climate change, economic opportunity for all, to name a few. My advice--look beyond someone’s tax status and focus on the work they’re doing. If you’re not sure of a for-profit entrepreneur’s motives, see if they are a Public Benefit Corporation, like Cogent and/or B-Lab certified like one of my favorites: Binary Bridge founded by Lori Most, bringing mobile health technology to places around the world.