Meet the Investment Committee Members for the Humans in the Wild Future of Work Fall Cohort
We are excited to welcome these 4 specialized investors as Members of the Investment Committee for our Fall 2020 Humans in the Wild cohort: Jarrid Tingle, Clara Brenner, Manish Patel, and Chris Brown. As Investment Committee Members, these outstanding investors will help provide strategic support and ongoing feedback to the cohort of founders in our program. At Human Ventures, we love to collaborate with other investors in the New York ecosystem. The additional support and advice from the community allows founders in our portfolio and theirs to build better companies. The entrepreneurs in this cohort are building companies in a wide range of categories in the Future of Work space, and we know these advisors will provide tremendous domain expertise for the founders in the program.
The future of how we work is now more important than ever. In this upcoming cohort, we are partnering with founders focused on the following areas:
- New work environments: tools to facilitate flexibility and collaboration
- Lifelong learning: personal and professional development as an ongoing “way of life”
- Redefining the resume: new forms of career and talent assessment, and opportunity matching
- Wellbeing at work: focus on the personal wellbeing of workers
We’ve shared our thoughts on why we believe these are the areas of opportunity best positioned in the Future of Work space over the next decade in this recent TechCrunch article: The Future of Work is Human.
Meet the Investment Committee
Jarrid Tingle is Managing Partner of Harlem Capital Partners where he focuses on deal sourcing, organizational strategy, and due diligence efforts. Jarrid invests in companies being built in the future of work, including Jobble, where he serves as a board observer. Previously, Jarrid was a Private Equity Investment Professional at ICV Partners. Prior to ICV, Jarrid was an Investment Banker in the Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group at Barclays.
Clara Brenner is co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. Previously, she co-founded Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech. The organization has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship, and hosts thought leadership events around urban innovation. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara’s work energizing urban entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including MSNBC and TechCrunch, among others. She serves on the Board of Tumml, as well as the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Bay Area Local Advisory Committee.
Manish Patel is a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners, focusing on products and technologies designed to solve problems at the intersection of business and the human experience. A few of the boards he represents Highland on are Omni, Scopely, and Shift. Manish holds a teaching appointment in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, as well as serving as a Strategic Advisor to the Stanford d.school where he works directly with senior faculty and administration to guide new program initiatives. Manish has led teams that have designed, developed, and scaled products with global impact, everything from advertising systems like AdWords to consumer experiences such as Google Maps.
Chris Brown is a Principal at Inspired Capital, leading new investments and supporting Inspired’s existing community of entrepreneurs. Chris invests across all sectors and verticals but is particularly interested in businesses building software products that solve pain points within old-line industries. Prior to Inspired, Chris spent four years as an investor at First Round, a seed stage venture fund based in New York and San Francisco, where he sourced new investments and helped found Angel Track, a platform and community for emerging angel investors across the country. Before becoming a venture investor, Chris started his career at The Blackstone Group and was an active angel investor in New York.
About Human Ventures
Human Ventures is a business creation platform, comprised of a venture fund, startup studio, and enterprise agency. We go beyond the business model and seek opportunities to build Model Businesses with ambitious founders who are innovating around human needs. By unlocking access to a powerful network of founders, investors and corporate partners, we are creating a blueprint for the future of business to be built on purpose.
If you are interested in learning more about the Humans in the Wild program, reach out to Elise King at email@example.com, the Program Director who leads Humans in the Wild alongside Evan Cohen and the Human Ventures team.