This Week in Collaborative Fund

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

Launches & Product Updates 

FOBO (formerly YardSale) launches on the iPhone as the easiest way to sell old electronics:

Walker & Co. launches to build a Procter & Gamble for people of color:

The Days asynchronous photo diary launches version 2.0 with easier discovery and sign-up:

Grand St. will soon launch community profiles – reserve your username today!

Skillcrush launches a new online course » Skillcrush 102: JavaScript, jQuery & APIs:

Awards & Honors 

Neverware wins the UPS ‘Savings Side of Business’ GOOD Maker challenge:

Hopscotch wins the 2014 KAPi Award for Best Educational Technology:

SAT Vocab by MindSnacks wins Best Secondary English Language Arts App of 2013:

Hampton Creek Foods and Lyft are highlighted by Forbes for their achievements in 2013:

FoxNews highlights Good Eggs as 1 of 5 most exciting food delivery services:


20 Kickstarter-funded projects are heading to the Sundance Film Festival:

Georgia Tech study finds marketing language plays major role in the success of Kickstarter projects:

Teacher and author Wesley Fryer has written an eBook of Hopscotch challenges for students to complete:

BuzzFeed and IBM collaborate on a list of the 10 coolest things happening in Silicon Alley, featuring Hopscotch, Kickstarter and Maker’s Row!

Upstart now has a  professional tennis player, a  competitive swimmer, and a  professional racecar driver on the platform. 

Press & Interviews

Hampton Creek Foods in Forbes India – Making the Egg Obsolete:

Upstart in Fast Company – Upstart offers venture capital for humans, not just the companies they’ll start: 

AltSchool in Fast Company – “How a former Google exec is reinventing elementary education.”

Fortune interviews Courtney Holt, COO of Maker Studios:

Zach Sims, CEO of Codecademy, on gaining respect and making good hires:

Would you rather chew cinnamon or plastic? Learn why Simply Gum created the first 100% all natural gum:

Naval Ravikant, co-founder of AngelList, on how to find and attract the right hires to your startup:

UpCounsel in Business Insider Australia – How UpCounsel helps anyone get a lawyer:

Quarterly on WSJ – “New ways to give yourself a gift every month.”


Getaround strikes a deal to offer discounted leases for Smart Cars listed on its rental platform:

Maker Studios and Warner Bros. will co-produce a comedy created and written by ‘Friends’ producers: 

Walgreens taps TaskRabbit to deliver cold medicine to shut-ins:

Maker’s Row and Cotton Incorporated partner to bring back Made in the USA:

Gumroad creators can now use Zapier to automate with hundreds of web services: 


Balanced grew 784% in 2013 and is now processing $370M a year:

Nathan Barry has made $355,759 self-publishing his books through Gumroad:

Hundreds of Skillshare teachers earned five or six-figure incomes in 2013:

The Kickstarter community pledged over 1,000,000 every day in 2013:

Maker Studios hires former AOL executive Rene Rechtman to lead international operations:

Codecademy surpasses 24 million unique users for its free online coding courses:

Reddit in 2013, by the numbers: 56 billion page views, 731 million unique visitors, and over 40 million posts:

Progress Report 

Sebastien Park on how Quarterly has become a platform for empowering creative entrepreneurs: 

Alberto Escarlate on how kids begin building their online reputation through gaming: 

Kanyi Maqubela on why convenience isn’t enough for on-demand service companies: 

Craig Shapiro on celebrating strong roots and the story of our Limited Partner Chris Cerf:

Ryan Jacoby on building products from insight:

Portfolio Job Opportunities

Gumroad is hiring a Data Scientist in San Francisco:

Quarterly is hiring a Director of Buying and a Curator Talent Manager in Los Angeles:

Maker Studios is hiring an Art Director in Los Angeles:

MindSnacks is hiring a Senior Game Engineer in San Francisco:

Skillshare is hiring a Full-Stack Marketer (Growth) in New York:

MakeSpace is hiring a Brand Ambassador and a Customer Happiness Agent in New York:

AltSchool is hiring a Curriculum Director in San Francisco:

Kickstarter is hiring a VP of Operations/Finance in New York:

Neverware is hiring a National Sales Executive in New York: