Monday, February 16, 2009

How would you salvage the banking system?

Over the past few weeks I've been doing some research work around the financial system because I have an idea that I might pursue as an entrepreneurial venture aimed at making a difference in the following areas:

  • funding for privately owned European SMB companies

  • the way investors (LPs) structure their deals with fund managers

  • how relationships are (not) created between LPs and companies in which a fund invests

  • the degree of transparency allowed into the system for various stakeholders

  • the way investment performance is measured to account for environmental, social and human cost of decisions taken by companies and by the financiers to pursue growth (and wealth)

  • how companies share the benefits of their success with all stakeholders not just between shareholders

  • ...

I still need to do some work, but the thing is taking a nice shape, especially after a sudden satori I had over the weekend... It now seems so obvious I am in bewildered wonder at the idea that something so evident that was right before my eyes could have escaped my attention even as I was working on stumbling blocks that it helps remove! Anyway, more in a future post. For now, I'd be grateful if you could help me by voting on a question I have: how would you go about salvaging the financial system? To answer on LinkedIn, please click here.

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