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5 Cool Real Assets Trends for 2012

February 6, 2012

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Shamefully, it’s taken me an entire month to wade through 2012 predictions from assorted economists and commentators.  The consensus calls are much as one would expect; neither oil prices nor the US economy are going anywhere fast, nothing substantive will be achieved on federal policy in the teeth of a tough election year, investors aren’t […]

A Startup Transforming Waste Wool to Green Building Gold

December 3, 2011

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Priscilla Burgess has spent most of her career managing software and internet projects for mega-corps such as Cisco and GE.  Like many of us, she began to wonder if there was more to life, if there was some way that she could pay the bills and yet still create products that helped society.  On a […]

Real Assets Junkie Goes Social!

November 22, 2011

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In these straitened times, it’s always exciting to be able to announce a little growth, and Real Assets Junkie is fortunate to be expanding to two great blogs: –Seedstock.  The folks at Seedstock provide a unique platform for sustainable agriculture bloggers; their 20 contributors profile start ups, farms, urban agriculture and university research projects.  They’re […]

How D’you Make a Local Food System?

November 22, 2011

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At a recent event, I got chatting to a delightful rancher couple about their Facebook page.  Though they recognized its importance to marketing their grass-finished beef, they’d never actually seen Mills Ranch’s Facebook page and weren’t entirely sure what it was.  “We know it’s on the computer, but our granddaughter takes care of it” they […]

Can Local Stock Exchanges Overcome the Valley of Death?

November 10, 2011

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Whenever you see a venture capital or investment banking presentation on the development of a company, it starts with two guys working on their smart idea in a garage, progresses to funding from angel, venture capital, private equity groups before reaching the utopia of listing on a public stock exchange, preferably either the NYSE or […]

Five Intriguing Agriculture Startups

November 1, 2011

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At the recent Slow Money event, one of the highlights was listening to pitches from 30 ag entrepreneurs on everything from greenhouses to rice varietals.  Here are some examples: 1. StockBox Grocers StockBox places miniature grocery stores – refitted shipping containers – in food deserts, areas where full grocery stores are unavailable.  Each container is […]

Visiting a Non Profit Organic Farm

October 25, 2011

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One of the few joys of traveling is stumbling upon unexpected places along the way.  Taking a detour on a soggy day in Wales, I followed signs for Amelia Trust Farm, an organic produce and sheep farm about 9 miles from the capital city of Cardiff.  As in many developed countries, farming has become a […]