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Who do you know that's doing cool stuff in the alternative funding model / alternative exit space?
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@indievc, http://indie.vc, https://www.lightercapital.com
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@ultrasaurus
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645 Ventures
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A few fellow founders recommended government grants, but those come with a lot of restrictions.
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Alternative Exits Working Group, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Lighter Capital, Fledge, probably a whole bunch of others that I can think of if you tell me what gaps you're looking to fill...
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Andrew Rasiej, Jeff Cherry
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Aral Balkan of Ind.ie; he talks about the model of Surveillance Capitalism and the importance of alternatives. https://vimeo.com/165850016
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Arch Grants- I work for an accelerator and we're constantly strategizing ways to make the St. Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem inclusive- even if that means changing our model & being not your average accelerator
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awesome foundation
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Awesome Foundation? I wonder if there's inspiration to be gotten from arts funding or non-profit funding, and whether there are ways to combine the two.
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B Corp, Conscious Capitalism, Toniic, B the Change Media, and many more.
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Basecamp and 37Signals. VCs in Boulder and Chicago. Outside of that no one but very old school investment shops and businesses whose model is built around sustainable businesses with the expectation that they'll bootstrap and then eventually pay out a portion of cash flow as dividends – because who wants one money shot. Sustainability requires cash flow and reasonable businesses generate more cash than they require and expect to pay out a portion of that excess to founders, employees, and finally investors and shareholders at large.
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Basecamp and Buffer
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Basecamp, Patreon, Tilt, Y Combinator Research (ish)
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Basecamp, Sparkfun, adafruit, several others that don't come to mind atm
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BOMA Investments ; Unreasonable Institute/Tyler Hartung/EnableImpact
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Companies like 37 signals have shown that doing things their own way is possible
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Cooperatives. http://enspiral.com/ http://platformcoop.net/
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Currently raising a round and looking for (environmental) mission driven investors, rather than traction-driven tech investors. Happy to contribute qualified names as I move forward.
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DBL Partners, Foreign Policy Interrupted
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Ecotrust
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Eliane Fiolet (@ElianeFiolet), Nina Alter (@ninavizz)
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Erin Glenn is trying with Quire, I am watching it. I don't think Angel investing alone is the answer because the exits aren't there to make it sustainable.
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Etsy.org/Good Work Institute, Prime Produce, Force For Good
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Gillian Muessig, Dorm Fund
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GLS Bank: a german banking institute based on the idea of sustainability; also manages private funds /// brand eins: important German magazine with excellent journalists, could be interested to pick the topic up // think tanks like the impact hub
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heini Staudinger from Austria
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http://a16z.com/2015/06/22/a16z-podcast-investing-in-communities/
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http://indie.vc/ is the only one I know that spells out a manifesto.
http://momenta.partners has a neat three-pronged approach to investing and value creation.
Other examples I've heard of are one-offs driven by the founders - not necessarily systematized.
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http://springboardfund.co/, https://www.crowdfunder.com/, https://circleup.com/, http://indie.vc/
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http://www.cuttingedgecapital.com/
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https://webbrain.com/u/159e
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https://www.lightercapital.com/
http://indie.vc/
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https://www.lightercapital.com/ It's expensive, but it's a viable alternative for some businesses.
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I have not looked too deeply, but I do believe that a major player here in Atlanta, David Cummings, built his businesses via revenue, not VC investment.
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I love to point out the work being done by the CDFI community: http://ofn.org
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I used to support one of the faculty directors of this program: http://reap.mit.edu/
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I'd look at Iceland, the only country that did not bail-out banks, and scoring extraordinarily well at gender equality. Let's check Zappo's holacracy model. Prof. Mariana Mazzucato is saying very interesting things in the domain of Public-Private models.
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A lot of businesses that are behaving in new ways - http://www.premiercrew.co.uk/organisation/case-studies/
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I'm also based at Edinurgh Uni and there's interesting stuff afoot with Edinburgh Business school. Paolo Quattrone leads the Human Business Group
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ImpactHub, Self Help
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In Brazil, mainly Vox Capital
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In Mexico, WEYES/Raidho.
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Indie.VC (http://indie.vc/), Notation Capital (http://notationcapital.com/), Outpost (http://outpostpdx.com/), The Long Now (http://longnow.org/)
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InnoVenture is a company helping entrepreneurs in our region who Silicon Valley or NYC VC's might overlook because of their size or location.
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Interested in indie.vc of course, B-corps are interesting
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Jamie King
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Jessica Herrin - Stella and Dot
http://www.inc.com/magazine/201510/bo-burlingham/built-to-last-and-last.html
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Just beginning to scratch the surface after fully realizing VC world is stacked against us and that we don't want to play the game, anyway!
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Lighter Capital is kind of interesting - https://www.lightercapital.com/how-it-works/faq/
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Me, and some people I have started to connect with. Innovators and some investors. But most are shy - they are reluctant to challenge a system that defined them and that they have benefited from. But not me, I want to promote constructive chnage.
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National Science Foundation Innovation Corps
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new inc, also i think that blockchain companies that are raising money by selling their own cryptocurrency are interesting. An example of this funding the arts, or less quantifiable businesses, is tatianacoin, an artist funding her work through her own cryptocurrency.
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New Media Ventures (newmediaventures.org) funds some interesting stuff, I really like Lindsay's work there (https://twitter.com/lfrankli).
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NewCo
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Next profit - think it's an alernate funding group in Massachusetts
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No specific examples but more and more companies are being founded with a social component embedded in their mission. I'm curious to see what those coroporate commitments look like through the acquisition and IPO game
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Not many people right now but I left my job in a hockey-stick growth startup to start looking for those people. I was just done wasting my talent and my life in tech that doesn't matter. It's really, seriously time to work on real problems or watch our opportunity to change the trajectory of the planet shrink and possibly close.
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Not sure if it's on point, but this article reflects the need of the financial community to reward long-term planning over short-term results: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/larry-fink-blackrock-health-planet-judith-samuelson.
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Not sure. But you might check out this talk by Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic. It hints at a similar vision -- namely, how do we use the power of startups and innovation to solve problems faced by non-24-year-olds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfymFvdeIvA
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Obvious Ventures
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Possibly Persephone Brewing (Gibsons BC) fits,
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QUT Creative Enterprise Australia - qutcea.com
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Rethinking money and changing the story: Charles Eisenstein
Hacking cultures: Olaf Lewitz
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Shirley Sheffer, Capital Nature
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SOCAP
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stories.newco.co We write about them every day. Purpose and profit is our bread and butter.
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SurveyMonkey had an "alternative" exit. For years Etsy (a certified B corp) said they would do the same thing, and they ended up going public the traditional way instead. Kickstarter has somehow managed to avoid having to exit. And crowdfunding of course.
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Suzanne Biegel; Gayle Jenkins; Diana Propper/Cranemere
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that's what I am here to find out
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The company where I currently work at - SiteGround.
It is not a startup in the slightest sense as it is quite the established business (in the sphere of web-hosting). However, I am amazed at what the management has achieved at creating - a virtuous cycle, where employees genuinely love what they are doing, feel appreciated and favor giving value back. And the thing I am almost sure for certain, is that this attitude is dripping down from top to bottom. It comes from the highest ranks, down to the lowermost ones, where I currently reside.
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The Happy Start-up School - http://www.thehappystartupschool.com/
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The purpose.do conference in Sydney late last year was wonderful, full of people (yea a lot of women) open to this new world.
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thefounderspledge.org
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This is going to be a guess but Seth Godin probably has some thoughts worth listening to.
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Tprophet of Cuddli
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Chroma Fund
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Vinetta Project
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Waste Farmers, John Paul Maxfield
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Watson University, Unreasonable Institute, the Hub, many many more...
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We've been researching different models, because we were turned off by the investor & acclerator culture's inability to understanding our open-source, community-driven ethos. we haven't found many, but have created our own cobbled together framework. you can read about it here: http://www.xth.io/why-we-have-chosen-to-invest-in-our-community/
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Well, closest I can think of is Nadia Eghbal, an ex-VC employee here in the Bay.(Twitter handle: @nayafia) She's been doing some great blog posts on Medium lately about possible alternative models for open source in particular. She's started a mailing list and seems to be casting around for some bigger idea to pursue herself.
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Well, Kickstarter, obviously. Also, Wikimedia Foundation has a lot of programmes for funding small scale cool ideas like "I'd like to dive into the swamp to make photos of worms and write articles about them"; in general I think Wikipedia is one of those things that pushes its idea because its community thinks it makes the world better, even if it's not technically a startup.
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Wil Schroter / Ryan Rutan / Damon Caiazza
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www.equityatlas.com
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zero net positive, Chris Holmes, Jessy Schingler
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