Sept. 1, 2021

#46 Impact: Optimizing Risk, Return, and Impact in Investing | Sir Ronald Cohen, Author

#46 Impact: Optimizing Risk, Return, and Impact in Investing | Sir Ronald Cohen, Author

Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. In this episode, Sir Ronald and Daniel discuss how companies can optimize risk, return, and impact.


“If you want to run a big successful company or a successful growth venture, you have to bring impact into your decision-making.” – Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen (@sirronniecohen) is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He co-founded Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and is Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital. He has served as chairman, board member, and trustee of multiple international investment companies and organizations, and is a graduate of both the University of Oxford and Harvard Business School. He recently authored Impact: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change.

For more, explore the transcript of this episode

Show notes with links, quotes, and a transcript of the episode: https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/ronald-cohen-outlier-academy-show-notes

Chapters in this interview:

  • Sir Ronald’s background and career in venture capital
  • What is impact investing?
  • The second and third order effects of impact investing
  • The three major forces that increase gains with impact investing
  • Short term and long term decisions and how they affect impact in business
  • How we can measure a company’s impact
  • Why impact investing is so important right now
  • Early impact companies and their models
  • How larger companies are addressing impact
  • How companies can get started in making a positive impact
  • The future of impact investing


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