Craig Shapiro

Craig Shapiro is a founder and managing partner of Collaborative Fund.


Five Questions for Charles Best

Charles Best is founder of DonorsChoose, a nonprofit that lets individuals donate directly to public school classrooms.

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First Investments from Shared Future Fund

Fresh off the heels of announcing the Shared Future Fund, we are excited to share its first batch of investments…

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Rapid Funding for Climate Solutions

Rapid Funding for Climate Solutions.

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Don’t Shine The Turd

Early on, when Collaborative Fund was just taking shape, I approached someone I respected and hoped would invest with us.

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Long Live the Library

When you speak to folks with niche passions about how they got into their craft, their stories are often similar.

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An Impact Investing Infographic

Collaborative Fund was founded a decade ago with the mission to support and invest in the shared future.

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Ahead Of The Curve

A friend recently sent me a video of an interview with Tony Hawk.

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Perception

There are so many factors that can hold a person back in this life.

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Investing In Health Data

We have harnessed technology to enable an incredible amount of information sharing around business and finance over the last two…

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Climate Change, Cow Burps, and ZELP

Last month the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest report which made clear that temperatures today…

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Social Fabric - Part Two

Religion was once the primary communal force in society.

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Work From Anywhere

Working from home predates the coronavirus crisis: the proportion of the US labor force working from home rose from nearly…

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Some Things We Are Doing About Coronavirus

With everything going on related to coronavirus, we’re doing a few things that we wanted to share with our community.

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Founders, VCs and Values – Thoughts on a Critical Moment

What happens when a founder’s interests are not aligned with those of the company and its shareholders…

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Q&A With Kimbal Musk, Cofounder of Square Roots & Board Director at Tesla, Space X, and Chipotle

Kimbal Musk started his career at Scotiabank.

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Q&A With Beyond Meat’s Executive Chairman, Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman is the Executive Chairman at Beyond Meat.

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Magic Spoon

Cereal is a thing. It is a big thing.

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Stop Giving Investment Advice

A fight broke out on Twitter recently.

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Notes From Collaborative’s 2019 Summit

Last week we held our eighth annual Founders Summit.

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A Day in the Life of Collaborative Fund

Time flies.

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Investing In Spyce

Collaborative Fund has backed several new retail concepts over the last five years, including, Blue Bottle Coffee, Sweetgreen, and byChloe.

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Big Opportunity (Sorting Data)

“The average person today receives more information on a daily basis, than the average person received in a lifetime in…

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Collaborative’s Future: More money, more solutions

Eight years ago we started with a thesis — the market was moving toward a sharing-based economy, consumers were looking…

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Team Collaborative

We are excited to welcome some new faces to the Collaborative team.

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Collaborative Fund’s 2018 Summit

Last week we held our seventh annual Collaborative Fund summit in San Francisco.

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Welcoming Taylor Greene

Today is an exciting day at Collaborative Fund.

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Negotiating

What’s the goal of a negotiation? It’s to get what you want in a situation where the other side wants…

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New York’s Venture Ecosystem Just Leveled Up

A consistent question I’ve received since starting Collaborative Fund in 2010 is why I founded the firm in New York…

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Knowing Your Audience

Every business is about solving other people’s problems.

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How Graffiti Got Me Into Tech

Morgan Housel and I recently recorded a conversation about our early careers.

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The Power Law At Work

One of Collaborative’s portfolio companies was acquired earlier this year, generating a fantastic return on our investment.

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Companies We’re Excited About

We look at hundreds of companies as potential investments each month.

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An Open Call for Internet Access

Recent news that Alibaba and Tencent are investing $10B into China’s second largest mobile operator — China Unicom, got me…

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The Dam Breaks Toward Doing Good

This chart, from Morningstar, tells an amazing story…

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Dandelion

Collaborative Fund is excited to announce that we led Dandelion’s recent seed round.

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Passionate Goals

I recently watched a video of Brene Brown talking about the power of vulnerability.

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Backing the Good Guys

More investors want to back companies doing good in the world.

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The Hardest Part Of Investing Is Saying Yes

Most companies fail. There are an infinite number of reasons why.

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Values and Mission Alignment Throughout Our Organization

I first met Lauren Loktev in 2012.

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Sharing A Wealth of Knowledge

People have been learning machines for millions of years.

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Aligning Interests Is The Most Important Investment Trend

Everything we do at the Collaborative Fund is based around the belief that the world is moving toward a place…

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Investors Don’t Like Opportunistic Investments Until They Do

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Thank You Kanyi Maqubela

When I hired Kanyi back in 2011, he was an optimistic, smart, fun-loving, thoughtful person.

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It’s Time to Shake Up the Legal Industry

Close your eyes and picture the dream industry waiting to be disrupted.

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An Update on Collab+Sesame

Necessity is the mother of invention, so some of the most powerful innovations come from entrepreneurs solving their own problems…

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Voting With Your Dollars

Advertising used to be straightforward.

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Kids, Consumer, Health, Money, and Cities

Orit Gadiesh, the chairman of Bain & Company, once described an important trait of successful people: The ability to be…

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Businesses Need to Step Up!

I feel compelled to address this presidential election.

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The Collaborative Fund Turns Six: What I’ve Learned

Collaborative Fund is turning six years old.

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Collaborative Fund and Sesame Workshop Launch Collab+Sesame

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Sesame Workshop.

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Eight questions for Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte has been at the forefront of the digital revolution since the beginning.

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The Villain Test

At Collaborative Fund, the first question we ask ourselves when evaluating a new investment opportunity is: If this startup becomes…

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Collaborative’s next step

Today is an exciting day at Collaborative Fund.

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Aiming higher

I saw this tweet from Donda and it got me thinking ….

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Social good practices for companies

Because of Collaborative’s focus on investing in companies that push the world forward, I often meet entrepreneurs who have a…

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Building momentum vs. creating it

Venture capital is all about placing bets on the future.

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Social fabric

How do we find and connect with people with whom we share common values…

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Tackle the Impossible vs. Navigate the Impossible

The qualities that interest me the most in entrepreneurs are those in direct conflict with each other, like the tension…

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Our food system needs to be reshaped

Recently at Collaborative, we have been thinking a lot about food.

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Hiring the best

The most common pain point amongst the companies we invest in is hiring great people.

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What We Like

Collaborative Fund backs the shared future.

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Collaborative Fund Progress

A little more than three years ago, we launched Collaborative Fund with the goal of “investing in startups focused on…

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Celebrating Our Strong Roots: Chuck Templeton

I’ve started writing about how our Limited Partners (LPs) shape and influence us.

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Invest In Your Employees For Better Returns

In a recent New York Times article, Adam Davidson talks about two very different trips he took to Ikea five…

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Only Good News … Is Actually Bad News

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received came from an investor in Collaborative Fund.

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Celebrating Our Strong Roots: Chris Cerf

I recently wrote about the importance of having strong roots.

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Strong Returns Come From Strong Roots

One of the most important things about a person or organization is its roots.

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Unpacking Collaborative Fund’s Investment Thesis

Back in May of this year, we partnered with The Case Foundation to take the reins on Social Citizens…

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“Do Something Good, Feel Something Real”

That’s Ray Chambers describing what motivates him.

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Great Brands Scratch An Itch

Every person, every organization has itches.

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