Features by Alex Goldmark
Posted In: Charity, non-profit, Investing
Most charitable foundations take a big pot of money, usually bequeathed by a rich guy, and invest it for profit -- then take those profits and donate to charity. Great system … unless you aren't actually earning a profit.
Posted In: Amtrak, Hurricane Sandy
On Capitol Hill today, fiscal conservatives are likely to argue against the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies that go to Amtrak each year. But Hurricane Sandy showed you need to spend if you want to save.
Posted In: cars, rental car, Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy damaged hundreds of thousands of cars, so it's been tough to find a rental in time for holiday travel.
Posted In: Runa Tea, Entrepreneurship
Social enterprises increasingly use morality and fair trading claims to attract investors rather than customers. Runa Tea is one.
Posted In: Mexico, affordable housing
New initiatives aim to make home ownership and house building more affordable for millions more Mexicans.
Posted In: Mexico, banking, branchless bank
With costs to open rural bank branches prohibitive, tech companies look to turn payphones into virtual banks.
Posted In: Small Business, kickstarter, startup, JOBS Act
With the JOBS Act, small companies can now get off the ground by selling stock on the Internet to everyday people -- without going through the hassle of a stock exchange.
Posted In: Haiti, Haiti After the Earthquake, Charity
Though billions of dollars of aid was promised after the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti two years ago, much reconstruction work remains to be done.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship
A new crop of MBA graduates bring idealism and business discipline to social-good ventures once reserved for nonprofit groups.
Posted In: Auto
On the fence about what car to buy? New car-sharing services like RelayRides and Zipcar are making it easier for people to rent out automobiles and test drive them.