The Revolution in Local Investing





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We’ve witnessed the failings of an unfettered free market system, tallied in lost jobs, stagnant wages, rising inequality and languishing Main Streets. Isn’t it time for a backup plan?

Published by John Wiley & Sons


Copyright © 2011 by Amy Cortese. All rights reserved.


AMY CORTESE is an award-winning journalist who writes about topics spanning business, finance, food, wine and travel. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine,  New York Magazine, Business Week, the New York Times, the Daily News, Portfolio, Mother Jones, Afar, The American, the Daily Beast, Talk, Business 2.0, and Wired, among other publications. Her recently published book, Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From it (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), draws upon her experience covering these diverse realms to explore how a small shift in investment away from multinationals towards locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits for individuals, their communities and the country.

Amy began her career covering high-tech from posts in Boston, New York and San Francisco, where she chronicled the fast-paced industry and its key players, including Microsoft, a colorful cast of dot-coms and the venture capitalists that funded them. As a Department Editor at Business Week in the mid-1990s, she wrote and edited many pivotal cover stories, features and commentaries illuminating the Microsoft antitrust saga, the rise of the Web, and the explosive innovation and entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley.

In the late 90s, Amy was senior vice president & director of content at Wit Capital, a pioneering online investment bank. Wit’s mission was to democratize the IPO process by allowing individual investors to get in on the era’s hot IPOs at the pre-offering price—something that was previously available only to institutional and well-connected individual investors. (Wit Capital acquired the bricks & mortar investment bank Soundview Technology Group in 2000, and the combined company was later acquired by Charles Schwab).

As a freelance writer, Amy has explored a broad range of journalistic interests, from domestic caviar to venture capital. These eclectic interests informed the writing of her book, Locavesting, which takes readers inside the local investment movement and introduces them to the pioneers creating new models for funding locally-owned businesses—whether farmers, mom & pop shops or manufacturers. In the process, these citizens are building healthy, resilient communities and restoring a more inclusive and just form of capitalism.   

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Upcoming  Appearances

Sept 4: Amy will moderate a panel on Community-based Crowdfunding at SoCap, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. 4pm

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June 27: Amy will moderate a panel on crowdfinance and alternative lending at the CFGE: Crowdfund Investment & ALT. Finance Summit in NYC.

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June 20: Amy will moderate a panel on women & entrepreneurship at the Center for Social Innovation in NYC, 6-9pm

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May 8: Amy will address the National Cooperative Bank’s annual meeting, Washington DC, Corcoran Art Gallery, 6-8pm

April 10-13: Amy is honored to take part in Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s ‘Change Agents in Residence’ program. Bainbridge Island, WA

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April 11: Amy will give a talk at the Bainbridge Island Public Library, part of its Sustainable Economy Lecture Series. 5:30-7:00pm Bainbridge Island, WA

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April 9: Amy will be the featured guest at the Seattle Fintech meetup.

6:00-8:00pm Seattle, WA

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