We are looking for missions that bring us alive – those that are so motivating we’d have considered joining full-time. We aren’t going to be a detached financier – we’ll only invest when your mission matters to one of us personally and we are compelled to do everything in our power to further your mission.

Deep time

We will each take on a tiny number of projects each year – 2-3 typically. For each company we partner with, we are able to spend up to a day a week if you need it. You can rely on us to be close enough to deeply understand what is happening with your business and proactively support you vs just turn up to board meetings. For each startup we back we draw up an SLA so we can hold ourselves accountable to being the best possible partner to you.

As a group we have worked with over 10% of the European start-ups valued at over $1b.

Carina Namih

Scar tissue
I co-founded HelixNano, in San Francisco in 2013 when I was 23. This was a unique moment in time, with massive advances in genetics and AI. We could see an opportunity to transform healthcare by applying AI to biological code, specifically RNA. But building at the frontier was tough and we had many near death moments. As CEO, I was pitching to investors that had barely heard of RNA, while also navigating a conservative industry that was sceptical about AI. Plus we had to invent a new way of building across disciplines that did not usually interact – computer science, chemistry and biology. In the early years we went through many business models before hitting our stride – from selling tools, to partnering – before finally building our own products. We eventually gathered backing from a broad base of visionary operators and investors, including Sam Altman and Eric Schmidt. And after a decade of building, we have quietly solved the bottlenecks that keep first generation RNA confined to vaccines. HelixNano is now turning the tide on treatment-resistant cancers in trials
What sparks joy

I’ve always enjoyed exploring possible futures by reading science fiction. I find it super motivating that what we build today will determine whether we inhabit a better future. I’m drawn to founders that can see a big underlying shift happening, be it in technology or simply in behaviour change, and who harness that for a great outcome. To me a better future includes: a fairer, more truthful internet, healing our climate, upgrading human health and more widespread economic opportunities.

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