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A theory of zombies? :) Slides from NYU paper on walking dead social ventures

A theory of zombies? :) Slides from NYU paper on walking dead social ventures

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    • Wanted Dead or Alive?Modeling the ‘Walking Dead’ Social Venture Jennifer Woolley, Santa Clara University Norris Krueger, Entrepreneurship Northwest these slides: http://goo.gl/cUJ8H
    • Math problems…• Social Venture 1: Feeds 100 people a day with an annual budget of $100,000• Social Venture 2: Feeds 250 people a day with an annual budget of $75,000• Who do you invest in?• Who do you keep investing in?
    • And what about beta?• Social Venture 1: Feeds 100 people a day with an annual budget of $100,000• Social Venture 2: Feeds anywhere from 50 to 150 people a day with an annual budget of $100,000
    • Are “Zombies” a Joking Matter?The back story of this project• “walking dead”/“living dead” from venture finance• Impact investors?• But when could a zombie = GOOD thing?• And when do we….
    • A few questions that we need to ask:Misallocated resources or misunderstood role?• What causes an organization to become a ‘walking dead’, but not exit or scale?• When do the ‘walking dead’ create value and if so, how?• Under what circumstances is the status of ‘walking dead preferred?
    • For Impact Investors & Other Funders• Who should be encouraged? Who should be discouraged?• What are appropriate metrics?Deeper Issues• Should we re-allocate resources away from the ‘walking dead’?• When (and how) do we intervene with the ‘revivable’ ‘walking dead’?
    • Theory of Zombies?• Who are they? Really…• How/Where/When do they matter?• How will we know?• And perhaps… how to fix them? – Assuming that they need fixing…
    • Scaling & Investment• Diagnostics for “failure” to scale? – Want to grow [controllable?] – Know how to grow [fixable?] – External constraints [??] Scaling usually means higher beta Is that true for social ventures?
    • Community embeddedness• Stakeholders –what is their role(s)?• Connectivity -> nonlinearity in returns• Portfolio theory issues? – For impact investors – AND – For communities?! – Why not apply MPT, etc. here?
    • • Social Venture 1: Feeds 100 people a day with an annual budget of $100,000• Social Venture 2: Feeds 500 to 1500 people a day with an annual budget of $1,000,000• I love gamma but shouldn’t there be two terms? (two alphas, two betas?)
    • Back to research questions• But are they the right ones?• <more shameless pandering to audience>Misallocated resources or misunderstood role?• What causes an organization to become a ‘walking dead’, but not exit or scale?• When do the ‘walking dead’ create value and if so, how?• Under what circumstances is the status of ‘walking dead actually preferable?
    • For Impact Investors & Other Funders• Who should be encouraged? Who should be discouraged?• What are appropriate metrics?Deeper Issues• Should we re-allocate resources away from the ‘walking dead’?• When (and how) do we intervene with the ‘revivable’ ‘walking dead’?
    • Thanks!• Want in?• these slides: http://goo.gl/cUJ8H• Jennifer “Michonne” Woolley – jwoolley (at) scu.edu• Norris “Shaun” (or “Shaun’s Friend”?) Krueger – @entrep_thinking – Norris.krueger[at]gmail.com