74&W Exclusives

Welcome to 74&W Exclusives, our interview series that takes a deep-dive look at the pressing topics and issues facing our industry. Here we speak with thought leaders, subject matter experts, and the people who are on the ground and in the action. We get their nuanced views on complex issues, and we do it the same way we gather intelligence and insights for our very own clients. New interviews published on the first Tuesday of every month.

Socially-responsible/sustainable business and investing practices has become a more urgent topic for fund managers, asset owners, corporations and the general public. We explore the topic from several angles, gathering the thoughts of a variety of stakeholders.

  • CHRIS DAVIS: Senior Director, Ceres Investor Network. Get his takes on the state of investor and corporate buy-in, what hurdles lie in the way of broader acceptance of sustainable practices, and why investors who aren’t thinking about environmental, social and governance factors simply aren’t doing their jobs. READ NOW.

  • RUSSELL HELLER: Co-chair, Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund. Learn how Russell leverages a small part of a university endowment to achieve social and environmental impact, and why his generation is likely to change the way people think about investing. (Includes a 74&WEST Exclusives Extra interview with Gabe Rissman, co-founder of Real Impact Tracker.) READ NOW.

  • SUSAN NICKEY: Managing Director at Hannon Armstrong, a publicly traded company that invests in sustainable infrastructure, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. She discusses the green energy space and how far along it's come, and how the firm is able to focus on environmental benefits and long-term returns simultaneously. READ NOW.

From cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to a world of potentially groundbreaking applications, blockchain technology is a constant topic of conversation in the media as well as around the water cooler. But what really is blockchain? What kinds of industries is it having the biggest impacts on, and what might it affect in the future? We spoke with some of the foremost subject matter experts on the topic, and they gave us their insights.

  • CHRISTIAN CATALINI: Founder of the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab. Christian is the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor at MIT, and Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT Sloan School of Management. He gives a primer on blockchain technology that is both surprising and compelling. READ NOW.

  • MARIA BUSTILLOS: Journalist, and editor of Popula. Maria discusses technology’s broader implications for journalism and society. She also demonstrates just how far-reaching and wide-ranging its potential is, and how intuitively blockchain really is. READ NOW.

  • EMILY R. GARNETT: Attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Emily talks about the complex and sometimes-vague world of regulation when it comes to cryptocurrency. She also discusses how fraudsters are tricking the public into investing in sham ICOs, and what's being done to combat scams and scammers. READ NOW.

The world is rapidly changing, and so, too, is the way we work. Read the news, and you may be scared or delighted---technology that makes working easier, technology that robs humans of the jobs themselves; work from home, work from anywhere; work anytime, work all the time. What does the Future of Work really mean, and how can we look to the past to understand what lies ahead? For this series, we speak with some of the foremost thinkers when it comes to the Future of Work.

  • GLEN HIEMSTRA: Founder and CEO of Futurist.com, author, consultant. Glen provides a fascinating overview of what it means when we say "the future." He challenges commonly held perceptions, addresses the idea of a new industrial revolution, and argues that the Future of Work may be about much more than just work. READ NOW.

  • ANNIE LOWREY: Acclaimed author and contributing editor of The Atlantic. Annie explains the various forms that Universal Basic Income (UBI) can take, the moral and practical benefits of such programs, and why the critics have it wrong about it incentivizing people to do nothing. READ NOW.

  • JACOB MORGAN: Bestselling author, podcaster, and keynote speaker. Jacob gives a history of the concept of the Future of Work, as well as his interpretation of what it means. He explains why the future of work (and most everything else) isn’t so much filled with new things, but things that have evolved. READ NOW.

Personal data. Financials. Information. Almost everything these days is not just digitized, but online. That can be great in terms of speed and access. But it also means risk. Thankfully cybersecurity experts of all types are working hard to not only keep up with threats, but to anticipate them. For this series of interviews, 74&WEST speaks with some of these very experts to get an inside and in-depth look at the complex and fascinating world of cybersecurity.

  • DUSTIN FRAZE: Program Manager at DARPA. Among other things, Dustin explains the DARPA program, CHESS, which is anything but a game. Rather, it combines the forces of artificial intelligence systems and human hackers to eradicate cybersecurity threats. READ NOW.