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Rob Katz

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After co-founding NextBillion.net and spending 8-plus years working at the intersection of business and international development, Rob Katz is currently pursuing a MBA at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Prior to Stanford, Rob was Acumen Fund’s Knowledge Manager, leading Acumen’s efforts to understand where markets work –and where they don’t – in terms of solving the problems of poverty. Most recently, he co-authored From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing (Monitor Group and Acumen Fund, 2012.)  In addition to writing reports, he was responsible for applied research and writing efforts across the firm; he also oversaw Acumen’s knowledge management systems. Rob joined Acumen Fund in 2008, managing online communications as well as knowledge before shifting full time into applied research work. 

Before Acumen Fund, Rob worked with the Markets and Enterprise Program of the World Resources Institute, where he began his career researching, writing and speaking about "base of the pyramid" business approaches to poverty alleviation. At WRI, he co-founded www.NextBillion.net, a web site and blog about enterprise and development, and co-authored The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid (IFC and WRI, 2007).

Here at NextBillion, Rob is both a member of our Advisory Board and a contributor to the blog.

Rob earned his B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.

Follow Rob on Twitter @robertkatz.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Kenya Dispatch - M-PESA to the Rescue

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Indicorps Fellowships - Apply by March 1

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Are You Unreasonable? Vote Now!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Journey for Change: India Snapshot

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Are You Unreasonable?

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Friday, November 13, 2009

WDI to Host Impact Assessment Workshop

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

NYU: Measuring Impact, Valuing Investment

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Introducing Editor Nathan Wyeth

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Friday, October 23, 2009

D.Light's $10 Kerosene Killer

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Apply Now! Lemelson-MIT Awards

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Introducing Staff Writer Phil LaRocco

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

SoCAP09: 358 More Reasons to Attend

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Cornell Global Forum Kicks Off

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Will Surekha Dial an Ambulance?

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Go Beyond Profit

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Video Games for the Next Billion?

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Welcome to the New NextBillion.net

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Job: Summer Associates, Acumen Fund

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Job: Senior Portfolio Fellow, Acumen Fund

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Job: Community Manager, Inveneo

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Engineers for Social Impact Fellowships

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Friday, December 26, 2008

NextBillion Will Be Back in 2009

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Introducing Staff Writer Jenara Nerenberg

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

American Thanksgiving Break - Back Next Week

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Guest Post: Data That Count

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Events in NextBillion's Community

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Job: Program Officer, Skoll Foundation

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Friday, September 05, 2008

This Might Just Be Your BoP Dream Job

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Event: How Everyone Can Be a Social Investor

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Moving NextBillion.net's Servers

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Drishtee: Rural Health Franchising

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Happy Third Birthday, NextBillion

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Job: Associate, Satya Capital

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Introducing Staff Writer David Lehr

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Africa Investment Horizons

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

2008 Skoll World Forum Preview

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

BoP Protocol Releases 2nd Edition

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Excerpt: Acumen Fund's Winter Update

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Friday, February 15, 2008

A BoP Energy Source?

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Holiday Hiatus - Back in 2008

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Job: Junior Equity Analyst, Gray Ghost Fund

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

American Thanksgiving Break - Back on Monday

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Katherine Fulton on "Acumen's Moment"

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Pop!Tech's Net Impact (Pun Intended)

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Jobs: Manager, Makeda Fund

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pop!Tech - Innovation From the Bottom Up

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pop!Tech - Art and Data Driving Change

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pop!Tech - A Quiet Town Comes Alive

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Monday, October 15, 2007

NextBillion Goes to PopTech This Week

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Guest Post: Coping With Abundance

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Why the BoP Conference Was Worth It

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

GrameenPhone Obsolete? Fast Company Says Yes

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Doing Business Meets Google Maps

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Biofuels and the BOP

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Article Slams $3000 "People's Car"

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Introducing Ella Delio

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Monday, June 18, 2007

TED Global -- Cheetahs or Hippos?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

TONIGHT: Microfinance Club of NY Event

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Karnani: Microfinance Misses Its Mark

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Big Blue Going to the BOP

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Design for the Other 90 Percent

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Interview With a P2P Lender: Kiva.org

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Initial News and Other TN4B Stories

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Monday, March 12, 2007

BOP Job Announcement - Unitus COO

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Fair and Lovely Debate Continues

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

You Can Hear Me Now

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Michigan Announces BOP Conference 2007

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Friday, February 16, 2007

The BOP Debate: WRI Responds

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Friday, February 16, 2007

The BOP Debate: Aneel Karnani Responds

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Monday, February 12, 2007

BOP Skeptics and Today's News

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Moneylender's Paradox

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

BOP Spoofed by The Onion

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Social Entrepreneurs Summit

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Friday, January 05, 2007

The Economic Lives of the Poor

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Friday, December 22, 2006

NextBillion Holiday - Back January 2

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Friday, December 22, 2006

BOP Job Announcement - Endeavor

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Disruptive Innovation for Social Change

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Investing in Africa

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

BOP Job Announcement - Reuters

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Friday, December 15, 2006

On Remittances as a Platform (II)

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Monday, December 04, 2006

From Prodem to Citibank: Biometric ATMs

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Next Steps Research

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Wal-Mart's Base of the Pyramid Play

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Village: The Game Update

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Don't Miss the Fast 50 Awards!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

BOP Job Announcement - Monitor Group

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

WRI and Worldchanging Book Launch on Friday

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Back from the BRINQ

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Economics of Remittances

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Zambia Journal: No Risk, No Reward

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Zambia Journal: Industry Woes

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Global Giving Olympics

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Selling in China

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Muhammad Yunus Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wharton's Africa Business Forum

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Prahalad: Scale Up or You're Nothing

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Business in Development Challenge

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Mirage at the BOP? Acumen Fund Weighs In

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Corruption and the Private Sector

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Inefficiency as Opportunity for the BOP

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Ethan Arpi - Our Intern's Last Stand

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

News Roundup: Much Ado About India

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Is Open Source Hardware An Answer?

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Chinese Stores Sell Phone Time

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Tomorrow's Company

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Friday, August 25, 2006

BOP Learning Lab India

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Oasis or Mirage?

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Will Bureaucrats Ruin Microfinance?

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Summer Reading Series: IDB America

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Ghetto Tax

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Best Foot Forward

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Friday, July 21, 2006

The Long Tail and the BOP

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Review: The Giving Back Awards

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Friday, June 23, 2006

$100 Laptop Now $140

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Friday, June 09, 2006

Social Innovation Podcasts

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Mapping the Majority

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Monday, June 05, 2006

What's in a Map?

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Back From Mapping the BOP

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Remittances - My Two Cents

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Microcredit: More Harm Than Good?

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Friday, March 31, 2006

NextBillion Now Recruiting Interns

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Acumen Fund Launches Blog

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Ms. Smith Goes to the BOP - To Design

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Malaria - From A to Z, at Long Last

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Show Me the Money - A Remittance Review

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Global Social Benefit Incubator

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Best Books 2005 - What's on Your List?

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Cap it off with the right MBA program

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Prahalad Interview: Brazil's Valor

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

At Home and "Kozi" in a Dome

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