In the new world of social networks, 'connectivity' and mass peer-to- peer communication, finance is changing - access to money is opening up as power is transferred from established channels to communities and 'crowds'. In Smart Money, key global innovators explore the potential of these new forms of finance, covering topics such as Microfinance; Crowdfunding; Peer-to-Peer Lending; Impact Investing; Venture Philanthropy; Bitcoins and Other Crypto-Currencies; Invoice Factoring Finance and Asset Venture Capital; The View from the Banks; Learning and Sharing in the Age of Social Media; The Future. By democratising finance, these innovations offer opportunities for social development on an unprecedented scale.
Professor Alan Barrell is entrepreneur in residence at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learnings, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has spent almost 30 years in senior executive positions in technology-based industries and has become one of Cambridge's most articulate promoters of entrepreneurship. He is co-author of Show Me The Money (E&T, 2013). Amber Nystrom is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a professional facilitator in global change and impact finance, including for Stanford, MIT, Yale and the London Business School. She has founded numerous start-ups and served as advisor in impact investing to Actis (an emerging markets private equity fund managing $4.6 billion) and the World Bank.