I first met Lauren Loktev in 2012.
When I hired Kanyi back in 2011, he was an optimistic, smart, fun-loving, thoughtful person. We immediately hit it off. We both cared deeply about making the world a better place, and that bond proved to be a foundation for an incredible business partnership and friendship.
We’re excited to welcome Morgan Housel to the Collaborative Fund team.
Morgan and I met over a year ago and immediately hit it off. His sensibility, pragmatic optimism, sense of humor, and diverse set of interests made him a perfect fit for our group.
We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Sesame Workshop. Together, we are launching a new fund, Collab+Sesame, focused on childhood development. Below are some questions and answers about this initiative!
Today is an exciting day at Collaborative Fund. First I’d like to welcome our newest partner – Lauren Loktev.
A little over three years ago, Craig invited me to join him on a journey to create a platform for investing in creative entrepreneurs trying to change the world.
We’ve heard many times that it’s easier and cheaper to launch a company than ever before.
Much of the time, this observation is made with regards to its effects on founders. Lower barriers to entry mean more people flocking to startups, more startups being created, and more solutions being offered than problems we knew we had. But this influx of new companies also affects investors.
We like to experiment at Collaborative Fund. We’ve experimented in the ongoing development our investment thesis, creating and fostering an online community of people who share our values, and from time to time we develop side projects that benefit our community and causes we care about.
Today, we’re excited to introduce our newest project: PlayAlong!
A little more than three years ago, we launched Collaborative Fund with the goal of “investing in startups focused on two themes: collaborative consumption and those which use their values as a competitive edge.” We continue to believe that the underlying values of collaboration are core to successful 21st century businesses and hope our portfolio is a reflection of that belief.
From its inception, Social Citizens has served to spark discourse around the ideas we hold dear: collaboration, transparency, and social entrepreneurship. It’s a unique community of like-minded individuals, passionate about the things that matter and predisposed towards action. Today, we’re excited to announce that the Case Foundation has transitioned stewardship of Social Citizens to the Collaborative Fund. Moving forward, we’ll be engaging @SocialCitizen 330,000+ followers, and incubating discussion through a new Social Citizens Subreddit.