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How to prepare for fundraising in a challenging environment

It is no secret that the fundraising environment continues to be challenging for founders at all stages.

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What Can We Do About Water?

Water scarcity and quality issues are often invisible to those who have never faced them.

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A New Era of Biological Engineering: Investing in Caladan Bio

Imagine a chef in a futuristic kitchen, where instead of pots and pans, there are bioreactors, and instead of ingredients…

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How to leverage your most valuable asset: your peer group

Early-stage investors are often tapped for various support efforts when it comes to building a company.

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Invest Like You Give A Damn

When launching Collaborative Fund in 2010, I wrote…

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Cultivating a Better Future through Clean Ammonia Production

We are excited to announce our recent investment in Ammobia, a pioneering start-up dedicated to revolutionizing clean ammonia production technology.

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The Art of the Well Made Introduction

As investors, we often try to tap our personal network, as well as that of our partners and LPs, to…

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Seabound: Charting a Course to Decarbonize Shipping

We are thrilled to share the news of our most recent investment in Seabound, a groundbreaking company we first encountered…

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The Future Is Now: Pioneering the Sustainable Materials Revolution

Join us as we explore the frontiers of material science in our new series “From The Lab.” This is a…

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Beyond sustainability

At Collaborative Fund, we’ve taken our Villain Test—a measure of business viability in the eyes of the most profit-driven investors—and…

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Join Our Team: Invest in Entrepreneurs and Ideas Pushing the World Forward

We are excited to kick off this year’s search for two new team members to join us as part of…

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Anthro Energy: Unlocking Better Batteries

The hope for a greener and more mobile future has long hinged on electrification.

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Consumer Brands and Essential Inputs

From our very first investment in Kickstarter back in 2010, backing consumer startups has been at the core of Collaborative…

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PhageLab

As a kid, I loved going to my friend’s farm.

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Accelerating Climate Solutions: Updates from Collab Fund’s Shared Future Fund

It’s been a whirlwind few months as we’ve rapidly expanded programming to support our growing portfolio of nearly 130 promising…

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AI for a Cooler Earth: Phaidra’s Mission to Combat Data Center Emissions

As computing needs grow exponentially, AI like Phaidra’s is necessary to stem emissions.

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Team Building

Winning is done by teams and I’m quite excited by the team at Collaborative Fund right now.

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Recharge, Recycle, Repeat: The Sustainable Secret of the Battery World

Something amazing has been happening in the battery world: battery recycling rates have been steadily rising thanks to smart industry…

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The End of the Incandescent Light Bulb: A Failure of Technology and Markets

The Biden administration recently enforced a ban on the sale of traditional incandescent light bulbs, completing a years-long phase out…

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Our Investment in Verse

Electricity makes the world go round.

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The Evolution of Sustainable Materials: Six Trends to Watch

Sustainable materials — materials derived from renewable resources instead of fossil fuels — form the foundation of a brighter, healthier…

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Reask: Predicting Extreme Weather In Uncertain Times

Extreme weather events are more frequent and severe than ever before.

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Brazil at Silicon Valley

This has been a very difficult year for global tech companies and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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“Mars is for Quitters” —Sara Ledterman

Joining Forces with Harvard University’s Wyss Institute to Create Better Materials for Earth.

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Raise Your Hand If You Like To Win

We are excited to kick off a search for two new team members to join us as part of our…

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Announcing our Investment in pH7 Technologies

pH7 Technologies: Pioneering Sustainable Metal Extraction.

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Investing in Noya: Affordable Direct Air Capture for a Carbon-Negative Future

The climate crisis represents a monumental challenge.

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Collab’s Sustainability Board: Stacy Kauk from Shopify

We’re thrilled to introduce you to another member of Collab’s Sustainability Board – Stacy Kauk.

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Our Investment in Alga Bio

As a child, each morning I would bolt from my bed to the breakfast table to ensure that my brothers…

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An Interview with Craig Shapiro

Collaborative Fund founder and managing partner Craig Shapiro recently sat down with The Emerging Manager.

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Collab’s Sustainability Board: Vanessa Miler-Fels

We’re thrilled to introduce you to another member of Collab’s Sustainability Board – Vanessa Miler Fels.

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Ben Goldhirsh and Barack Obama

Ben Goldhirsh is an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist.

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What I Learned Reading 1,000 Investor Reports

I read 1,000 investor reports last year.

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Collab’s Sustainability Board

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Collab’s Sustainability Board.

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Ruuf Solar

Ruuf – the first residential solar marketplace in Latin America – is here.

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PLENNA

We are excited to share that we recently invested in a women’s health startup based in Mexico called Plenna.

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Team Building

Last week we gathered as a team in Venice Beach California.

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WeaveGrid

When it comes to electrifying transportation, the future has arrived ahead of schedule.

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Shared Future: What We’ve Learned So Far

We launched Collab’s Shared Future in March 2022.

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Latam x Sustainability

In a global climate crisis, country borders mean little.

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Design For An Ethos Of Change

You have probably noticed things look a little different around here.

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Collab SOS: A New Fund and a Call to Action

Collab SOS: A New Fund and a Call to Action.

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A New Fund and a Call to Action

Collab Fund has raised a $200M fund to invest in companies fueling a consumer economy based on more sustainable goods…

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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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Verne: The Case for Hydrogen Fuel

The transportation sector is the fourth-largest global contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, following Energy, Industry, and Agriculture.

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Rapid Funding for Climate Solutions

Rapid Funding for Climate Solutions.

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Investing in Scope Zero

We often think about the various ways to make our economy more sustainable, whether it be through industrial emissions, bio-derived…

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Disruptive Drilling Technology To Help Geothermal Power The World

Geothermal energy systems have the potential to power the world and become the leading technology for reducing greenhouse gas emissions…

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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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Announcing $200M in New Funds for Entrepreneurs Pushing the World Forward

Today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve raised $200 million across two new funds — Collaborative V and Collaborative Growth.

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Investing At The Later Stage

Collaborative Fund’s focus is investing in startups at the beginning of their journey.

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CookUnity

Technology enables the most talented individuals to be able to scale and distribute their gifts to the millions who want…

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Quaise

The decarbonization of our energy sector is inevitable.

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Fable

Video arguably conveys a message at a deeper level than any other mode of online communication.

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Oula Health

Care delivery models that reduce cost while improving patient outcomes are central to our health investment thesis here at Collaborative…

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Nico: The Neighborhood Investment Company

Strong neighborhoods are essential to vibrant cities.

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Bison Trails - Why We Invested

We’re excited to announce that Collaborative is backing Bison Trails in its Series A financing, joining a great group of…

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Magic Spoon

Cereal is a thing. It is a big thing.

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Team Collaborative: Meet Guy Vidra

I’m thrilled to share that I’ve joined the Collaborative Fund partnership as its first operating partner, where I’ll be focused…

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Introducing Collab Crypto

I’ve been interested in distributed ownership models since I was a Ph.D.

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A Day in the Life of Collaborative Fund

Time flies.

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For Days

Collaborative Fund began with a thesis that a sharing economy would emerge to monetize underutilized assets and ensure more efficient…

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Endless West

Artisanal. Handmade.

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Gem

Today we’re thrilled to announce our investment in Gem, which launched today as the first FDA approved, real-food vitamin supplement…

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Collab+Sesame Just Became Lovevery’s Biggest institutional Investor. Here’s Why.

A couple months ago, some design-obsessed friends anticipating their first child posted about an amusing conflict: one wanted a beautiful…

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Kicking Off Collaborative Fund IV - What We’re Looking For

We recently announced our new $100M early stage fund that we closed in May, along with a series of new…

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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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Farm of the Future: Why We Invested in Square Roots

Collaborative Fund recently led Square Roots’ seed round.

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Dandelion

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

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What’s Dandelion?

Heating and cooling your home is an enormous cost for a service most of us can’t live without driven largely…

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Welcoming Morgan Housel

We’re excited to welcome Morgan Housel to the Collaborative Fund team.

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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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Collaborative’s next step

Today is an exciting day at Collaborative Fund.

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Introducing Featuring, a newsletter celebrating creative entrepreneurship

A little over three years ago, Craig invited me to join him on a journey to create a platform for…

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With noses pressed against the glass

The more we think about it, the more strongly we believe that there are a few ways to think about…

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Collaborative & CircleUp Announcement

We’ve heard many times that it’s easier and cheaper to launch a company than ever before.

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Let’s PlayAlong!

We like to experiment at Collaborative Fund.

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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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This Week in Collaborative Fund

Our weekly update highlighting new products and jobs in our portfolio.

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This Week in Collaborative Fund

Our weekly update highlighting new products and jobs in our portfolio.

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This Week in Collaborative Fund

Our weekly update highlighting new products and jobs in our portfolio.

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This Week in Collaborative Fund

Our weekly update highlighting exciting news about our portfolio and the unique opportunities to join the companies. .

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Introducing Collaborative Market

Explore the site and discover new ways to Learn, Make, Read and Play.

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This Month at Collaborative Fund – Portfolio Updates & Job Opportunities

Our team shares a weekly internal email that highlights exciting news about our portfolio and the unique opportunities to join…

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An Update On 1099.is – 42 Million People Are Currently In The Independent Workforce

For those who don’t know, 1099.is is a website that helps everyone involved in the sharing economy (and more broadly…

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Introducing 1099.is, An Online Tax Resource For The Sharing Economy

If you’ve raised startup seed money recently you’re surely familiar with Series Seed documents.

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Announcing Social Citizens! A Partnership With The Case Foundation Promoting Social Entrepreneurship And Impact

From its inception, Social Citizens has served to spark discourse around the ideas we hold dear: collaboration, transparency, and social…

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Backing the Shared Future

Here we are! Collaborative is officially open for business.

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