Zachary writes about: Economics, Politics

Zachary Karabell is the founder of the Progress Network. He is an author, columnist, and investor and president of River Twice Capital. Previously, he was Head of Global Strategies at Envestnet, a publicly traded financial services firm. Prior to that, he was President of Fred Alger & Company. In addition, he ran the River Twice Fund from 2011–2013, an alternative fund that focused on sustainability.

Educated at Columbia, Oxford and Harvard, where he received his PhD, Karabell has written widely on history, economics, and international relations. His next book, Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Power, will be published by Penguin Press in May 2021. His last book was The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World, and he is the author of eleven previous books, including Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian and Jewish Coexistence and The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Presidential Election. He also sits on the board of New America and PEN America.

Karabell hosts the podcast “What Could Go Right?” and is a Contributing Editor for Wired and for Politico. He is a frequent contributor to Time and The Washington Post and previously wrote “The Edgy Optimist” column for Slate, Reuters, and The Atlantic. He is a LinkedIn Influencer and a commentator on CNBC, Fox Business, and MSNBC, and contributes to such publications as The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesForeign Policy, and Foreign Affairs.

We are presenting a realistic, alternative narrative to push back on the notion that our only option is pessimism and our only path is societal decline.


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