Wisdom Ventures, an unconventional venture capital firm with a unique focus on mindfulness, compassion, well-being, and human connection, has closed its inaugural Fund I, raising an $10M.
Since its initial $5M closing last year, Wisdom Ventures has strategically invested in 15 start-ups supporting technologies aimed at enhancing mental health, workplace well-being, and fostering human connections. Among its notable investments are start-ups such as Betterleave, Alkeme, Seven Starling, Juno, and Ami.
Notable backers of Fund I include prominent figures in the tech industry like Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn; Elizabeth Koch, Founder of Unlikely Collaborators; Evan Williams, Founder of Medium; Esther Dyson, Chair of EdVenture and Founder of WellVille; Jeff Weiner, Executive Chairman of LinkedIn; Danielle Krettek, Founder of Google Empathy Lab, and Ho Nam from Altos Ventures, among others.
At the helm of Wisdom Ventures is an exceptional team of seasoned professionals with diverse expertise. Bradley Horowitz, a long-term Google executive, brings invaluable insights, while Ruchika Sikri, formerly heading Well-being Learning at Google, contributes her expertise. Other team members include Cecily Mak, a seasoned COO, attorney, and revenue lead; Diego Perez, a NYT Best Selling author known as Yung Pueblo; Soren Gordhamer, Founder of Wisdom 2.0, and Jack Kornfield, a renowned meditation teacher and author.
“We are thrilled and humbled to reach this fundraising milestone for Fund I. Building a bridge connecting well-intended investors with fully aligned founders is a privilege—and to do it while prioritizing our core values, including diversity across all cohorts—brings a longstanding vision to life”, shares Cecily Mak, General Partner at Wisdom Ventures.
As Wisdom Ventures moves forward with distributing investments from Fund I, the firm is simultaneously laying the groundwork for a larger Fund II.