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Ideas Made to Matter

How Urban Innovation Fund picks and grows companies

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To compete, the venture capital fund sticks to its thesis, searches for companies solving urban challenges, and customizes success metrics.

Dec 4, 2019
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The 2019 Inclusive Innovation Challenge grand prize winners

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A job-seeking app and an online learning collaboration are among the winners.

Nov 22, 2019
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Ideas Made to Matter Digital Currency

Libra co-creator explains, defends Facebook’s cryptocurrency

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MIT Sloan’s Christian Catalini said Facebook will keep financial and social data separate.

Nov 13, 2019
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Ideas Made to Matter Startups

20 startups using tech to build an inclusive economy

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The companies will compete Nov. 21 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a piece of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge $1 million grand prize.

Nov 1, 2019
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The standard-setting heroes of global technology

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These three pioneers made quiet contributions to technology and the global economy that can’t be understated. Without their work, nothing works.

Aug 6, 2019
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Ideas Made to Matter Supply Chain

Startups, cities jostle over access to the curb

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The ‘last mile’ offers threats, opportunities for mobility and delivery services — and municipalities hold the keys.

Jun 6, 2019
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Global electricity access is up, but has a ways to go

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Misconceptions about who needs electricity, when, and how means aid and investment may not reach those who could benefit most.

Jun 3, 2019
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Standards prop up the economy, but challenges abound

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Misconceptions about who needs electricity, when, and how means aid and investment could be rolled out inefficiently.

May 31, 2019
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Tainted food on purpose? It’s adulteration

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A look at intentional and unintentional food adulteration, and why it matters to agricultural supply chains.

May 1, 2019
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Fintechs, legacy banks vie for customers

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Legacy banks take note — and take action — as financial tech startups woo clients with innovative digital products and superior customer service.

Apr 19, 2019
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