Anna Malaika Tubbs is an author, advocate, educator, and scholar. In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, Anna celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America’s most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Human recently co-hosted an event with Valence, discussing Anna’s new book. We encourage you to purchase Anna’s book here if you haven’t already gotten your copy!

So much has been written about the civil rights icons who have forever changed our country for the better. But what about the families…


Building the Future of Work

As investors in The Muse, Valence, and Kindred, Human Ventures has grounded its investment thesis in the belief that the traditional professional journey will change drastically in the next decade and has backed entrepreneurs reimagining the way in which we, as humans, work. Technological advances have started to outpace the human condition, as individuals search for their place and purpose in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced labor market. Furthermore, the global pandemic brought many nascent trends into prominence. In addition to changes in individuals’ behaviors, companies also realized that they would need new solutions to thrive in this new normal…


An Interview with Ian Schafer

Increasingly, organizations are being held accountable for action on issues that include diversity, equity, inclusion, allyship, sustainability, violence, poverty, nutrition, education, and mental health. Business leaders often want to take action on these important issues, but lack the information and resources to know what decisions to make. Kindred bridges this gap as a professional network built to prepare executives for the future of socially responsible business. Launched in 2020 by Ian Schafer and Elyssa Byck, Kindred helps its members more intelligently and urgently close the gap between intent and action by providing access to a…


Spora Health places your Culture at the center of your care experience

We are excited to introduce you to the newest addition to the Human family: Dan Miller and the Spora Health team. Spora Health is working to eliminate racial disparities in healthcare by providing primary care for people of color. As the US healthcare system adopts more value-based care models, primary care physicians (PCPs) are widely believed to be best positioned to improve health outcomes and quarterback patients through the healthcare system — even across specialists. However, marginalized groups ranging from women to people of color sometimes feel that when they report symptoms of pain, they are dismissed by doctors. Additionally…


A Conversation with Isaac Oates, Founder & CEO of Justworks

“Although I’m not sure that I could verbalize it all yet, I have learned more in the past 6 months than I have in the last 7.5 years on what it means to be a leader and have people look up to you in an environment where you really don’t know which way is up.” — Isaac shared with the Human community.

As the workplace continues to evolve, leadership teams are becoming increasingly intentional about the cultures they are building and adapting the support they offer. …


Two years ago, Richard Betts, entrepreneur and all-around amazing human, partnered with our very own Joe Marchese to create Casa Komos Beverage Group — a new beverage company focused on creating one-of-a-kind spirits and products. Now, the first two of those products are hitting the market, say hello to Superbird and Komos!

Food and spirits are the cornerstones of building community. As far as history goes back, that has been the case. No one knows this better than Richard Betts. Richard has spent his career as a skilled entrepreneur in the spirits world. But his accolades are not what sets…


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. …


Logan Langberg (Imaginary Capital) and Ariela Safira (Real) at the February dinner.

One movement we are really interested in at Human Ventures is around building businesses for the conscious consumer. This is a movement that can be seen throughout the Human portfolio in companies like Kindred, Lupii, and Tiny Organics. Founders in this space understand that purchasing decisions have become more personal — they are not just about consumption, they are tied to values. Consumers are starting to question the origin, source, ethics and story behind every purchase. As much have things have changed this year, brand ethos has continued to increase in importance.

Earlier this year, we co-hosted a dinner with…


Last Spring, Human Ventures embarked on a bold experiment — to expand our individually tailored company-builder to a cohort-based incubator, so that we could scale our ability to reach and support dozens more entrepreneurs each year. We called this new program Humans in the Wild, to reflect the pivotal point in a founder’s career when they are about to begin their next entrepreneurial journey. Surrounding each founder with expert strategic advice, a rich peer community, and access to Human Ventures’ deep network, we witnessed an inspiring surge of entrepreneurial activity, as our program participants sprinted through customer discovery work, product…


James “Jim” H. Lowry recently joined the Human Ventures community for a discussion surrounding his life’s work as a Change Agent, moderated by Seema Mody, a global markets reporter for CNBC. Given Jim’s seasoned experience, he shared thoughtful advice that can be applied in real time by anyone who is looking to make a difference, especially entrepreneurs. We’ve shared some highlights and advice from the conversation below.

James H. Lowry: Change Agent: A Life Dedicated to Creating Wealth for Minorities

As the first African-American consultant for a global consulting firm, McKinsey and Company, in 1968, Jim Lowry has spent his career changing the landscape of corporate America. Later, as the first African-American senior…

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