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California Capitalism: How copying the VC structures from California tech isn't the answer for mission-driven startups and SMEs

Luni Libes May 12, 2021

The California Capitalism paradigm is focused on unicorns, 10x+ returns, “go big or go home”, “Zero to One”, etc.  This is the wrong answer for 99.9% of all startups, especially the mission-driven for-profits that solve real problems.

The blame here isn’t on the investors. They are simply stuck in a paradigm and from within a paradigm, it is hard to see any other way to act. Take a moment, open your mind, and you can help shift the paradigm and make most companies investable.



Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing

  • Social Entrepreneurship


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Educating both the investors and entrepreneurs so that alternative investment structures become more common, moving more money into impact companies.


  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)


  • NameLuni Libes
  • TitleFounder & CEO
  • OrganizationFledge
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameStephanie Gripne
  • TitleFounder & CEO
  • OrganizationImpact Finance Center
  • StatusConfirmed
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