Our Portfolio

Everyone wants to invest in the next big idea. And at Human Ventures, we believe finding the next big thing means looking for the next incredible founder. Simply put, we invest in humans. And this portfolio includes some of the finest humans we’ve ever met.

Business software for tutors.

  • Megan O'Connor
  • Co-Founder & CEO
  • Sam Gimbel
  • Co-Founder & CPO

While Sam was building a virtual assistant tool, he turned to Human Ventures for foundational support. There, he met Megan, who had always wanted to make a difference in the educational world. Before long, they put their heads together to build Clark. Now, Clark is building business software for tutors—the scheduling, payments, communication, student progress tracking and more that goes into running your own tutoring business—so teachers can focus on the important work: teaching.

A professional gifting assistant.

  • Jonathan Jarvis
  • Co-Founder & CEO

For years, Jonathan helped Google envision the future—making films imagining future technologies, redesigning the brand and identity, and building the Google Assistant. But he always maintained a desire to help people build meaningful relationships in the present.

So when Jonathan was ready to strike out on his own, he teamed up with Human Ventures, who saw a huge opportunity to disrupt the way professionals develop relationships through physical gifts. That’s how Token was born. Now, this professional gifting platform helps people find personalized gifts—and it takes care of all the details. That makes it easy to delight people with thoughtful, stand-out gifts, while building a stronger network of relationships.

Connecting and empowering women.

  • Sophia Amoruso
  • Founder & CEO

The idea for Girlboss Media came out from a book—Sophia Amoruso’s book, #GIRLBOSS, which inspired women to redefine success on their own terms. After her book became a bestseller, Sophia founded Girlboss Media, with the goal of building a community of strong, curious, ambitious women. So with an excellent team beside her, Sophia is now making Girlboss a powerful reality.

Helping powerful films change the world.

  • Christie Marchese
  • Founder & CEO

When Christie founded Picture Motion, her goal was to give films with world-changing potential a better chance at success. So she built Picture Motion into the leading creative impact agency for issue-driven films. And now, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, her team works with filmmakers and change makers to help powerful films amplify their impact and advance social change.

The smart debit card for kids.

  • Stuart Sopp
  • Founder & CEO

Stuart started Current because he wanted to make banking work better for everyday people. He wanted to build a financial company that’s focused on truly helping people manage their money—not one that’s focused simply on the bottom line. So he created a smart debit card that’s making it safer to spend, easier to save, and faster to move money around.

Real jewelry by real designers.

  • Ivka Adam
  • Founder & CEO

After years in tech and eCommerce, Ivka saw an opportunity to transform the jewelry industry. So she built Iconery, the first vertically-integrated fine jewelry platform. Reconfiguring the supply chain using 3D printers, she and her award-winning team are making it possible for celebrities, influencers, and brands to launch fine jewelry collections without expensive inventory carrying costs. And in its first year, the Iconery team has already launched over 15 collections including ones with Rashida Jones, Michelle Branch, Luv Aj, and Nordstrom X Nike.   Iconery was sold to Heartbeat in the Spring of 2019. Read more about the acquisition here.

Making pro bono seamless.

  • Felicity Conrad
  • Co-Founder & CEO
  • Kristen Sonday
  • Co-Founder & COO

Between experience at Skadden, the United Nations, and the Department of Justice, Felicity and Kristen witnessed, first-hand, the complexities of the legal system—especially for underserved communities. In response, they started Paladin. They set out to leverage technology to help increase access to justice, developing the first-to-market global pro bono platform. Paladin combines software with a mission-driven approach that makes it easier for lawyers to help the pro bono clients who need it most.

Create your reality.

  • Justin Fuisz
  • Co-Founder and CEO
  • Drew Martin
  • Co-Founder and COO

Justin is an award-winning augmented video and computer vision entrepreneur who was looking for his newest venture when he met Drew, a serial entrepreneur with several video-centric companies under his belt. Leveraging their shared knowledge in augmented video and computer vision, Drew and Justin were inspired to team up and create Octi. Octi is a company of computer vision scientists, researchers and machine learning engineers making everything in your world interactive. The company’s flagship mobile application, OCTI, allows users to augment themselves, their friends, and their worlds by using the human body as a new medium for communication.

Connecting restaurants and guests.

  • Greg Hong
  • Co-Founder
  • Joe Marchese
  • Co-Founder

Greg and Joe started Reserve because they wanted the restaurant-going experience to feel more personal. They wanted to make it easier to discover and book tables at exceptional restaurants. Reserve was sold to Resy in the fall of 2018. Read more about the acquisition here.

Reimagining toddler meals for the modern parent.

  • Betsy Fore
  • Co-CEO & Co-Founder
  • Sofia Laurell
  • Co-CEO & Co-Founder
  • Bonin Bough
  • Chief Growth Officer & Co-Founder

As a new mom, Betsy’s main concern has been feeding her baby since the day he entered our world. Sofia was born in the Finnish baby box and has been deep in researching the history of baby food. Bonin has worked at some of the largest food companies in the world and has seen first-hand the need for better options and the impact of food for humanity. Together they realized that childhood development starts with food. Tiny Organics is a technology-powered baby wellness company focused on your baby's and toddler’s personalized nutrition and anchored in food as medicine to fuel their growth and development. We’re reimagining toddler meals through organic, nutrient-rich, palate-expanding finger foods designed by our neonatal nutritionist and our Michelin-starred chef.

Helping pet parents unlock their animal instinct.

  • Evan Maridou
  • Co-Founder & CEO
  • Matthew Jones
  • Co-Founder & CTO
  • Jeff Wells
  • Co-Founder & COO

Human Ventures is a startup studio based in New York City. We back and build industry changing businesses, co-founding companies alongside exceptional entrepreneurs. We are working with founders Evan Maridou, Matthew Jones, and Jeff Wells to build one of our newest companies in the pet health space.

Redesigning school transportation.

  • Alberto Escarlate
  • Founder

Human Ventures is a startup studio based in New York City. We back and build industry changing businesses, co-founding companies alongside exceptional entrepreneurs. We are working with founder Alberto Escarlate to build one of our newest companies in the school transportation space.

Changing the way we treat and monitor hypothyroidism.

  • Guillaume "G" Skalli
  • Co-Founder and CEO
  • Marina Tarasova
  • Co-Founder and COO

Human Ventures is a startup studio based in New York City. We back and build industry changing businesses, co-founding companies alongside exceptional entrepreneurs. We are working with founders Guillaume Skalli and Marina Tarasova to build one of our newest companies in the digital health space.

The new model of care for addiction.

  • Jane Macky
  • Founder & CEO

Human Ventures is a startup studio based in New York City. We back and build industry changing businesses, co-founding companies alongside exceptional entrepreneurs. We are working with co-founder, Jane Macky, to build one of our newest companies in the addiction and health community space.

Helping parents with one of life’s most rewarding pursuits, raising great children

  • Mark Burrell
  • CEO & Co-Founder
  • Lynn Burrell
  • Co-Founder

Human Ventures is a startup studio based in New York City. We back and build industry changing businesses, co-founding companies alongside exceptional entrepreneurs. We are working with co-founders Mark and Lynn Burrell to build one of our newest companies in the aging space.

A member house for people with life experience.

  • Nick Taranto
  • CEO & Co-Founder
  • Rob Code
  • COO & Co-Founder

Human Ventures is a startup studio based in New York City. We back and build industry changing businesses, co-founding companies alongside exceptional entrepreneurs. We are working with co-founders Nick Taranto and Rob Code to build one of our newest companies in the aging space.

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