Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: Money, Money, Money, Money

Money has been accused of a lot of things over the years, most of them not very pretty.  Part of the reason I sold my soul and went to business school after a few years of community organizing was that I recognized the fundamental role money has played in making the world the way it is.  I figured if you want to change the world, best to understand one of the most powerful forces shaping it.

What I learned is that money is just a tool, and the root of all evil can sprout more benevolent blossoms.  In the hands of a Hub member, for instance, money becomes an accelerator of social change.  Here at the Hub we like social change, so we’re offering a workshop designed to get more money in the hands of people like you.

Next Tuesday (July 20), New Resource Bank founder Peter Liu has graciously offered to teach a workshop to Hub members and other green/social entrepreneurs about best practices for raising capital.  Peter raised a total of $25M to launch New Resource Bank in 2006, which is one of the largest-ever initial capitalizations for a new bank in Northern California.  He serves on several non-profit and foundation boards and was on the clean technology investment advisory boards of the California Public Employees Retirement System.  In this interactive workshop, Peter will draw from his extensive experience as an investor and entrepreneur who has raised money from friends and family, angel investors, VCs and banks, to help you figure out when, how, and from whom you are most likely to be successful in finding funding.

Alternatively, if you find yourself on the other side of the spectrum with money to invest, check out Timothy Yee of Green Retirement Plans and Geoff Ashton of Calvert Investments during a brown bag lunch this Friday on using your investments to influence corporate America.

It’s all about the money, people.  The sooner we recognize that, the sooner we can focus on the more important things in life.

Upcoming Events*

*Hub produced events in Red; Member produced events in Gray.

The Hub Berkeley Short List
Urban Agriculture Legal Meet Up, July 12
Sexy Salad, July 14
Socially Responsible Investing Brown Bag Lunch:
Influencing Corporate America Towards Sustainability, July 15
Wine Down, July 16

Best Practices: Fundraising for Social and Green Entrepreneurs, July 20
Sexy Salad, July 21

Innovating with a Purpose: Getting Better at Designing and Delivering Positive Change, July 22
Wine Down, July 23

This Week

Urban Agriculture Legal Meet Up

Monday, July 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  An invitation to urban farmers and food justice activists to join the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) for:

  • Workshop on legal issues that arise for commercial and nonprofit urban farmers.
  • Presentation describing SELC’s research on hot legal topics.
  • Group discussion on legal issues and ways to break down legal barriers to urban ag.
  • Mixer to continue the conversation and build community!

Snacks will be served! Suggested Donation: $5 to $10.  And/or bring some fresh harvested or foraged fruit or veggies to share!

To register, click here.  Contacts: Chris Curran and Janelle Orsi

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, July 14, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  Sexy Salad is officially a Hub tradition every Wednesday!  Join us this Wednesday to relax, eat, chat, and get to know other amazing Hub members–entrepreneurs, freelancers, academics, funders, leaders, movers and shakers working for good.   We’re now inviting potential members to join us for some salad and check out what the Hub community is all about.

Participation is easy: just show up, bring an ingredient, and learn how tasty collaboration can be.  Need ideas?  How about spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, almonds, apples, or your favorite salad dressing.  Bring bread or spread or pasta or potato salad.  Bring something you cooked and prepped or bought at the market on the way to work.  Most importantly, bring yourself!  Your mission: to prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  And best of all, no need to RSVP!

Socially Responsible Investing Brown Bag Lunch: Influencing Corporate America Towards Sustainability

Friday, July 16, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  Join Timothy Yee, Co-Founder of Green Retirement Plans and Geoff Ashton, Senior Vice President of Calvert Investments, in conversation about socially responsible investing. Learn all about SRI’s, what goes into environmental, social and governance criteria, and the role shareholder advocacy plays in influencing Corporate America toward sustainability and social responsibility.  Please RSVP here.

Wine Down

Friday, July 9, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Wine down is back!  Come work out of the Hub on Fridays then join us for an informal social hour (or however much you can spare) to decompress after a productive week, chat with other members, and transition to the weekend.  We’ll provide a bottle of wine, but feel free to bring more if you’re so moved.

Next Week:

Best Practices: Fundraising for Social and Green Entrepreneurs with Peter Liu

Tuesday, July 20, 6:30-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Peter Liu raised a total of $25M to launch New Resource Bank in 2006, with a vision to run an institution that is a part of the community, and which focuses on serving entrepreneurs and sustainable businesses.  He has been a private investor and strategic adviser to several clean energy technology companies, and also serves as the resident entrepreneur of the California Clean Energy Fund.  Peter serves on several non-profit and foundation boards and was on the clean technology investment advisory boards of the California Public Employees Retirement System.

In this interactive workshop Peter will discuss how green tech and social entrepreneurs can leverage their double bottom lines when asking for funding, and how they can best prepare for challenges along the fundraising process. This best practices workshop will cover aspects like:

  • What is the appropriate stage for your business to approach outside funding
  • How to raise money with expansion in mind·
  • When are you ready for bank financing
  • How to build a team that makes fundraising easier
  • Key differences between reaching out to angels and VCs
  • Specific questions investors and lenders want answered before committing funding

Whether you are an entrepreneur looking for seed capital, you recently launched your company, or you are looking at expanding, this workshop will give you the resources you need to successfully embark in the fundraising journey.  To RSVP, click here.

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, July 21, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

Innovating with a Purpose: Getting Better at Designing and Delivering Positive Change

Thursday, July 22, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  Are you involved in a social venture, green technologies, sustainable design, or other innovation for the greater good? A lot of bad habits, pernicious myths, and flawed frameworks are following us from the world of “innovation for competitive advantage” to the world of “innovation for shared benefit.” There will be a brief presentation to identify some of these problem areas followed by a deep-dive collaborative work session to see what we can do about them. Please come share your experience, your insight, and your passion.

MODERATOR:  Julian Keith Loren is a serial innovator, big-and-messy-stuff designer, and builder of multi-disciplinary creative teams. Some of his approaches are outlined here [“Next Scene” button at lower right provides easiest navigation]. Questions can be directed to @jkloren or

Wine Down

Friday, July 23, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  See description above.

Hub SoMa Events
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash, July 12
[HubSoMa] Doing well and doing good… and tasting great: The case of chocolate, July 14
[HubSoMa] Sexy Salad, July 15
[HubSoMa] Kiva Social, July 15

[HubSoMa] Wine Down, July 16
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash, July 19
[Hub SoMa] Unreasonable Institute West Coast Pitch Fest, July 19

[Hub SoMa] Intersection Gallery Opening of Recology Exhibit, July 21
[Hub SoMa] Sexy Salad Thursday @ Hub SoMa, July 22
[Hub SoMa] Reos Partners Social Sculpture event, July 22
[Hub SoMa] Hub SoMa Wine Down with Net Impact SF, July 23

[Hub SoMa] Doing well and doing good… and tasting great: The case of chocolate

Wednesday, July 14, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Hub SoMa

Join the Hub’s International Development Working Group for a conversation about building and profitably scaling enterprises based on ingredients from developing countries. The conversation will feature: -Pioneering chocolate entrepreneur John Scharffenberger of Scharffen Berger -Groundbreaking fair trade advocate Edouard Rollet of AlterEco, and -Relative newcomer Brett Beach of Madécasse whose chocolate is not only sourced by also manufactured in Madagascar How can social and environmental concerns combine with innovation, efficiency, marketing, quality and pricing strategies to build a strong brand and successful business? Does business success fuel significant social impact or does a focus on impact set the stage for business growth? Or both? John, Edouard and Brett will share their experiences and the audience will be encouraged to enrich the conversation with their own. The conversation promises to be rich; the perspectives, sweet and there are even unconfirmed reports about chocolate samples … RSVP here.

For details on other Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Alexa Arena, Forest City
Roshanda Cummings, Food for the Hungry
Suhail Rashid, Leaflet Technologies
Jay Majithia, LoudSauce
Sarah Kornfeld,
Jocelyn Corbett, Ashoka Youth Venture
Todd Kaiser, Zumer Interactive
Maureen Ladley, Ladley and Associates
Mark Sutton, Good Capital
Nicholas Ballenger
Ryan Rigoli, Rigoli Coaching & Consulting

Member News and Events

Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp

Saturday, August 14, 7:30am-5:30pm, UC Berkeley campus

Hub Bay Area is excited to participate in Craigslist Foundation’s 7th annual Boot Camp.   This one-day, high-energy conference brings together and showcases effective community leaders.  Through a series of inspiring panels, interactive workshops, collaborative programs and networking opportunities, Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp cultivates conversation and empowers people to affect a positive impact in their neighborhoods and communities.

Hub Bay Area will appear on a panel at the event on fostering collaboration among social entrepreneurs.

All Hub members are eligible to register at the lowest (Level 1) rate, regardless of their size.  For more information or to register, click here.

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