Apr 19

Brian Monahan’s Picks for NewCo Boston

Why did we wait so long to hold a NewCo Festival in Boston?  NewCo Boston seriously has one of the most exciting lineups I’ve seen in the four years we’ve been staging these events. With so much innovation happening in Boston we really should have spread this lineup over two days so we all would […]

Mar 25

Oxfam America Takes Social Venture Approach

Oxfam America takes a long view.  COO Jim Daniell says the non-government organization (NGO) offers solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice focused on empowerment – not solving problems. “The big change is power. You don’t end poverty by giving somebody stuff,” Daniell says. “You give them opportunities. Usually, the opportunities have been denied to them […]

Mar 23

New Uber Protests, Amazon Faces Competition, and Starbucks Gives It All Away

Uber’s Jakarta Woes Uber may continue to pivot toward better behavior, but its welcome in Indonesia reminds you what the company still has to live down. A protest against ride-sharing services in Jakarta yesterday ensnared the city and then turned violent (NYT). There was a Luddite tinge to the protest (demonstrators yelled “No more apps”), but it’s […]

Mar 21

An SXSW Surprise, What’s Wrong With Silicon Valley, and What’s Right With Uber

An Austin Surprise Marketing’s tightening grip on SXSW has been unpleasant to watch, but this year one unlikely company created an experience that delighted all comers. Find out which company NewCo founder John Battelle gives the award to for best – and most surprising – marketing execution at SXSW. Holding a Mirror to Silicon Valley There’s plenty […]

Mar 18

Freight Farms Puts Agriculture in a Box

We want to know where our food comes from. The evidence is seen on foods labeled organic, in the rise of farmer’s markets, and even in Ikea products. Our shifting attitudes are reshaping the business of growing food. Freight Farms is one company rethinking the way we produce our produce. Founder Brad McNamara and Jon […]

Mar 11

Best Bees Conducts Research While Harvesting Honey

When Noah Wilson-Rich started graduate school at Tufts University in 2005, he wasn’t thinking about launching a small business, disrupting a scientific funding model, or becoming an advocate for bees. But by 2010, he had co-founded Best Bees, a full-service beekeeping operation headquartered in Boston, as a way to fund scientific research and advocate for […]

Jan 28

The NewCo Honors Program: Celebrating a New Approach to Business

As we’ve expanded NewCo from its initial festival in San Francisco to more than 15 cities around the world, we’ve been struck by the consistent values binding the companies we choose to highlight. These new kinds of companies share a common culture that celebrates more than profit: They celebrate purpose, openness, and human potential. NewCos […]