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Unlocking the data treasure chest hidden in your inbox

By Irani Arraiz

I am fascinated by debt: the advance of cash today against the mere promise of payment in the future.  A promise that depends crucially on trust and knowing who the borrower is. For that, financial institutions rely mainly on credit bureaus. But not every country has a perfectly functioning credit bureau, in which case access to credit suffers.

Finding the right type of financing for impact enterprises

By Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen

Large-scale affordable housing projects, wind farms, and small-scale diagnostic health clinics are just some examples of the wave of impact enterprises that have been emerging over the last decade, seeking to address social and environmental needs in addition to making profits. The unique characteristic of these impact enterprises is the expectation of a net positive social or environmental benefit, whether through their product or service, or in the way they create value for the communities they serve. Some may be extremely profitable; others may more closely resemble nonprofit organizations. What most of them share is a difficulty in finding capital that aligns to their needs and enables their growth.

De la economía a las ciudades colaborativas: el impacto de la co-creación en el desarrollo urbano

By Guest

La Economía Colaborativa (EC) constituye un fenómeno innovador de alcance global y transversal que está generando importantes cambios estructurales en el funcionamiento de los mercados. Se trata de una nueva modalidad de producción e intercambio de bienes y servicios basada en la interacción entre pares a través de plataformas digitales que intermedian la relación entre los proveedores y los usuarios.

Financial institutions provide customer service fueled by artificial intelligence

By Irani Arraiz

Businesses have been using online customer service for a while.  It is a popular channel because is fast and easy to use―it requires minimal effort from the customer, which increases the likelihood of completing the task that they are up to complete. 

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