Foglamp Featured in New York Times
Foglamp’s unique approach to working with investors was recently profiled in The New York Times as, “A new type of company intended to put social goals ahead of making profits…”
Global Integrity, is likely to spin off a project called Foglamp, which it started, into a flexible-purpose company. Foglamp has a worldwide network of 1,200 people that provide research, for example, on a country’s political stability. Hedge funds, institutional investors and global companies pay market rates for the information.
Nathaniel Heller, Global Integrity’s managing director, said that on at least two occasions recently, it had to turn away venture capitalists wanting to invest in Foglamp. “As a nonprofit, we have no equity to offer them,” Mr. Heller said.
That means, he said, that Foglamp can only grow “arithmetically, not geometrically.” He added, “As a nonprofit, we don’t have extra cash sitting around that would allow us to hire five more employees for Foglamp.”
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