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Brian Beckon believes we should share the wealth. Brian is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. When he was starting out as a young attorney, he wanted to find a way to make the world better. Now, as principal at Cutting Edge Capital, he focuses on strategies for raising capital for communities to help build a more equitable economy.
Brian has served as General Counsel for RSF Social Finance and Clean Power Finance; and before that as Corporate Counsel for Sybase and Catellus Development Corporation. He earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and started his legal career with the North Bay law firm of Gaw Van Male. Brian is a member of the California Bar and serves on the boards of the National Coalition for Community Capital, the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation, and the Neto Community Network.
Together, on this podcast, Eve and Brian explore what it means to share the wealth.
Insights and Inspirations
- Share the wealth.
- The conventional wisdom is that you can only fund projects with private equity, but Brian has funded projects through entire communities.
- Everyone deserves to invest and get a return. Good opportunities should not be exclusive to the wealthy.
- Community capital can break the cycle of the rich getting richer …
Information and Links
- Brian works at Cutting Edge Capital
- He’s also a founding member of NC3 an organization which envisions vibrant, equitable, and resilient local economies built on the strategies of community capital.
- Brian is particularly proud of some of his successful community capital campaigns such as the $400,000 raised for Sonoma West Publishers and the over $1M raised for the PV Grows Investment Fund.
- For some really provocative thought pieces he heads to The Next System.
Image courtesy of Brian Beckon, Cutting Edge Capital