Collaborative Fund
Backs the Shared Future

We are an investment fund focused on supporting and investing in the shared future. The fund centers around two macro themes which we believe to be at the core of business innovation in the coming years: the growth of the creative class and the collaborative economy. Extended version!

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The Collaborative Team

  • Craig Shapiro

    Founder and CEO

    Craig Shapiro is an entrepreneur and investor at Collaborative Fund. He helped pioneer several mobile and interactive television initiatives in the US, including the first multi-carrier live voting in Super Bowl XXXVI. Mr. Shapiro also served on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Marketing Association. Previously, he was President of GOOD Magazine and an angel investor in several new media and technology companies.

    Craig Shapiro received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and is originally from Chevy Chase Maryland.

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  • Alberto Escarlate

    Venture Partner

    Alberto is a veteran startup technologist, entrepreneur and advisor to early stage companies. He's a technology and product strategist with first-class project management experience bringing products to scale. In addition to working at Collaborative, he also teaches at Parsons School of Design.

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  • Kanyi Maqubela

    Venture Partner

    Kanyi is a San Francisco-based investor and entrepreneur. Previously, he was a founding employee at Doostang, a venture-backed peer-to-peer career marketplace, and a field director at One Block Off the Grid, a renewable energy sales company. Kanyi holds a B.A. in Philosophy and has done graduate work in philosophy and design at Stanford University. He is from Johannesburg, South Africa.

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  • Jay Kim

    Venture Partner

    South Korean entrepreneur and founder of Nexon Corporation, Jay Kim built Korea’s largest online gaming company. Nexon has over 1.3 billion users in more than 110 countries.

    Kim is lauded as one of Asia’s most distinguished young entrepreneurs. He holds a B.S. in computer science & engineering from Seoul National University, and completed the Ph.D. course in electronic engineering and computer science at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

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  • Doug Smith

    Venture Advisor

    Douglas Smith is a Vice President and principal of Wesray Capital, LLC and Van Beuren Management, Inc. (family office of Wesray principals) and has worked for Wesray and affiliates since 1986. In addition to serving at the board level, Mr. Smith has participated in the acquisition, financing, monitoring and exit of numerous Wesray and Van Beuren Management portfolio companies.

  • Karyn Campbell

    Investor / Designer

    Karyn works with Collaborative's portfolio on content, product and PR. Her background is in writing and design, having worked internationally at magazines and ad agencies, as well as startups The IdeaLists and CreativeMornings. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Journalism, Spanish, and Comparative Literature.

  • Ryan Jacoby

    Venture Advisor

    Ryan Jacoby helps companies and startups design businesses, innovation strategies, products, and services. Formerly a location head at IDEO New York, Ryan works with Collaborative's portfolio and research efforts. He also teaches at School of Visual Arts.

    Ryan holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University where he focused on design, marketing, and strategy.

Our Investors

We are lucky to have the support of a diverse group of investors. Each has been a part of a socially innovative, world-changing venture. We're proud to work with talented individuals, all of whom share Collaborative Fund's vision: supporting creative startup businesses that add value to our society.

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Progress Report Promoting Transparency in Business

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Progress Report is a blog that features thoughts, ideas and fun tidbits from our network of entrepreneurs, investors, partners and family.

/r/socialcitizens A social forum for techno-optimists

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Social Citizens is a social entrepreneurship forum on Reddit run by Collaborative Fund in partnership with the Case Foundation.

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