• Founder Stories: Gabe Cooper

    Founder Stories are a series of conversations with entrepreneurs and founders in our portfolio. We will explore the motivation, inspiration, and innovation that drives the spirit of entrepreneurship in the workplace, as well as provide insight to balance our regular workdays. In this first installment of our founder stories, we interview Gabe Cooper the Founder of Virtuous, a…

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  • Founder Story: Victoria Fram

    Access Ventures wants to celebrate the journey of the individuals behind our investments and partnerships. Founder Stories are a series of conversations with entrepreneurs, partners, and founders in our portfolio. We explore the motivation, inspiration, and innovation that drives the spirit of entrepreneurship in the workplace, as well as provide insight to balance our regular workdays.…

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  • The 10 Most Popular Articles Of 2017

    Our goal for the journal is to provide articles filled with resources and stories that highlights real stories of impact within our portfolio and work. Last year we wrote over 50 original journal and portfolio articles on our website covering topics ranging from entrepreneurship to benefit corporations to how we manage our money. Maybe you…

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  • What We’ve Been Reading

    Access Ventures places a great emphasis on learning and development, for which books are a critical component. Every year we compile a list of some of our favorite books we have been reading. From fiction to non-fiction, autobiography to self-help—the variety in topics and genre is exceptional. So, if you're looking for the next good…

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  • How We Make Investment Decisions

    Given our commitment to impact investment, we are often asked about our process of decision making. People tend to wonder if social return and financial return come into conflict. The simple answer is: Yes. However, a clear understanding of our organization's goals acts as an effective mediator in this conflict. So how do we make…

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  • Balancing Competing Concerns in a One-Pocket Portfolio

    In pursuit of a consciously-constructed portfolio, each investment is scored according to its function. Like any investor, we weigh the merits of each investment carefully. Some of these characteristics may seem relatively familiar to traditional investors, such as risk and return profiles, liquidity options, and time horizon. But as a mission-driven investor, we also weigh…

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  • VSCO Voices – Lauren Vied Allen

    Creative expression is a powerful tool for sparking change and creating dialogue. And together with VSCO, we believe that creators are amongst the best equipped to spread and awaken diverse perspectives. For the second year in a row, our program, VSCO Voices, will support five creators with mentorship and $20,000 of funding to make art that empowers…

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  • Access Ventures Summer Intern Experience

    We value internships at Access Ventures because the problems we are trying to solve are too big for us to solve on our own, and the change we desire to see will require a movement of like-minded entrepreneurs, creators and investors sharing in an active and vibrant vision for their communities. We love sharing our…

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  • Five Questions: Jay Lipman

    At Access Ventures, we strive for 100% mission alignment across all of our investments, including our public portfolio. But how can we know what we are investing in and whether or not it actually aligns or hurts our mission? Is it possible to filter your investments based on your values? The process of creating a public market…

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  • Financial Advisors, Investment Managers Must Evolve to Maintain Relevance

    In the last few blogs, we’ve explored the upcoming and ongoing trends of wealth management and one-pocket investing. From millennials cautiously beginning to invest to women confidently seeking to expand their role in the financial sector, there’s a growing need for an evolved financial advisor. Amplifying this need is another emerging trend: the rise of…

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