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Jacqueline Novogratz talks about how her pioneering Acumen Fund invests in local entrepreneurs as they try to solve big problems to improve the lives of low-income people in several countries.  Called impact investing, her fund uses philanthropic funds, adopts a long time horizon (patient capital), and brings business discipline to entrepreneurial ventures.  Source: Wall Street Journal, December 26, 2012.

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, explains how four technologies can transform our lives.  They are: digitization of biology, new materials and manufacturing, personalization of computing, and automation.  Source: McKinsey and Company, February 2013.