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Rob John

Analysis Rob John 1 June 2014

Angels, super angels and impact angels

When entrepreneurs grow their ventures beyond the resources of ‘friends and family’, they turn to outside investors for capital. Angel investors are wealthy individuals, usually experienced entrepreneurs, who provide capital for young companies during start-up …

Analysis Rob John 1 March 2014

Virtuous circles: the growth of collective philanthropy in Asia

When America sneezes, Europe catches a cold, it was said of the 1929 Wall Street crash. In philanthropy, the US usually leads, Europe follows, and the rest of the world eventually catches up. In the …

Special feature Rob John 1 March 2013

Innovation or imitation? Does it matter?

It matters how philanthropy in Asia will develop in the coming decade. Despite economic progress having lifted millions out of poverty in the last 20 years, half of Asia’s 1.63 billion people live on incomes …

Special feature Rob John 1 June 2002

Social venture capital – an idea whose time has come

In 1946 one man had a vision to combine the capital, disciplines and practices of commerce with the charitable objective of meeting human need. Back in those post-war years in the UK, Quaker philanthropist Cecil …