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Portfolio Exits

1

About Craig Shapiro

Craig Shapiro is an entrepreneur and investor, founder, & CEO at Collaborative Fund. He invests in and has worked on several new media and technology companies and initiatives.

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Impact VC Firm Launches Shared Future Fund To Jumpstart Climate Startups

May 29, 2022

May 29, 2022, Got it! If anything has reached a state of emergency, it’s climate change. So figured venture capitalist Craig Shapiro as he watched the orange skies of San Francisco during 2020’s raging wildfires. For that reason, earlier this year, he launched Shared Future Fund to invest $100,00 in 100 startups with solutions aimed at addressing climate change— and to do so really quickly. That is, decisions are made within 10-20 days of receiving and approving applications. Craig Shapiro John Maeda “We’re giving them enough to get them off the ground and get started,” says Shapiro, who is the founder of Collaborative Fund , a New York City-based seed and early-stage venture capital fund that finances tech startups focused on creativity and collaborative consumption. Shapiro’s interest in sustainability was also sparked by his experiences at Collaborative investing in consumer products. The firm manages over $500 million in assets across five funds. “We started understanding how the consumer economy needs to be transformed if we’re going to meet our climate goals,” he says. Inspiration The immediate inspiration, however, was a grant-making fund created by multiple philanthropists in the early days of the pandemic to jumpstart the work of scientists focused on finding solutions. Called Fast Grants, it awarded $10,000 to $500,000 to applicants, with decisions made in under 14 days. “I thought, what a great initiative,” says Shapiro. “And it was clear to me that there’s a similar urgency around climate change.” Why not provide small infusions to startups in the form of investments, instead of grants, that could provide catalytic capital. “The first dollars are so hard. You have to convince somebody to take a bet on you,” he says. With that in mind, Shapiro approached his investors earlier this year and they devised a platform based on the Fast Grants model, opening it up to applicants in March. The fund makes $100,000 investments on an uncapped Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) basis, with the aim of financing 100 by the end of the year. It’s invested in 20 companies so far. MORE FOR YOU

Craig Shapiro Investments

7 Investments

Craig Shapiro has made 7 investments. Their latest investment was in Soft Services as part of their Angel - II on May 5, 2021.

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Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

5/21/2021

Angel - II

Soft Services

$3M

Yes

1

8/2/2013

Series A

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10

10/18/2012

Seed

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$99M

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0

6/22/2012

Series A

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$99M

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10

12/20/2011

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

5/21/2021

8/2/2013

10/18/2012

6/22/2012

12/20/2011

Round

Angel - II

Series A

Seed

Series A

Seed VC

Company

Soft Services

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$3M

$99M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

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10

0

10

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Craig Shapiro Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Craig Shapiro has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was FOBO on October 20, 2015.

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10/20/2015

Acquired

$99M

1

Date

10/20/2015

Exit

Acquired

Companies

Valuation

$99M

Acquirer

Sources

1

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