New Cycle Capital and Leading Organizations Host First-Ever "Zero Tradeoff" Investment Conference

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San Francisco event to examine the emerging trend of Zero Tradeoff investing - investments that not only generate market-level returns, but also create lasting social impact

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New Cycle Capital, a venture capital firm investing in businesses within the extended green economy and domestic emerging markets, will host the Zero Tradeoff Investment Conference on December 6, 2007 in San Francisco. The invitation-only event, co-hosted by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Rappaport Family Foundation and Correlation Consulting, will investigate the trend toward investing in companies that generate both social and market returns, and will bring together chief investment officers, venture capitalists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and public policymakers committed to building and sustaining socially responsible, profitable companies.

"Zero Tradeoff investing is about funding companies that not only make a lasting positive impact on society, but also generate market-rate or higher returns for their investors," said Josh Becker, co-founder of New Cycle Capital. "More and more investors, from venture capitalists to foundations and endowments, are finding that generating great economic returns and creating scalable social value are not mutually exclusive; in fact, Zero Tradeoff investing gives investors the best of both worlds."

At Zero Tradeoff, investors will hear from chief investment officers of family foundations, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs who will discuss how to identify the best investments, how to maximize returns and control risk, and how social considerations can form an integral part of an overall endowment management and investing strategy. Attendees will also hear from entrepreneurs building market-leading companies that are generating scalable social impact, as well as public policymakers committed to creating lasting change for society and the environment.

"Zero Tradeoff is a unique event where some of the best minds in social investing will come together to share ideas, weigh opportunities and discuss the importance of investments that make a difference while delivering great returns to investors," said Georgette Wong, conference producer and founder, Correlation Consulting. "The conference aims to encourage open dialogue among investors, philanthropists and donors, and focus on the hands-on implementation of Zero Tradeoff investing."

Conference presenters include a number of thought leaders in social investing, including:

  • Brad Barton, Director of Commercialization of Renewable Energy Technologies, US Department of Energy
  • Doug Bauer, SVP, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Honorable Richard Gephardt, President & CEO, The Gephardt Group
  • Charly Kleissner, Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
  • Deborah J. La Franchi, President & CEO, Strategic Development Solutions
  • Renée LaBran, Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners
  • Andy Rappaport, Co-Founder, Rappaport Family Foundation
  • Pierre Trevet, Managing Director, Innovest

Zero Tradeoff will take place December 6, 2007 at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF in San Francisco. Attendance is limited to 100 participants. Sponsors of this invitation-only event include Quintess, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, Kindred Partners, MMA Renewable Ventures, Seven Hills Partners and State Street Global Advisors. If you are interested in nominating an individual to attend the conference, contact Georgette Wong at 650.759.4769 or georgette @

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About New Cycle Capital

New Cycle Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in capital-efficient businesses within the extended green economy and domestic emerging markets. New Cycle identifies opportunities in sectors and stages where venture capital is under-allocated and works closely with these companies to define and grow their business. The firm also seeks to align itself with entrepreneurs who are passionate about their company's mission and motivated by a desire to affect positive change in the world. New Cycle's advisors and investors include top entrepreneurs and leading venture capitalists from across the country. For more information, please visit

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