The 2022 CNBC Disruptors are 50 private companies growing and innovating through a challenging market and changed world, while inspiring change in their larger, incumbent competitors.
Why We Exist
The famous “hockey stick graph” looks mythical and smooth from afar, but look closely, and the true story of entrepreneurship emerges. Throughout the daily mix of ups and downs, we are there with our founders, every step of the way.
Integrity, excellence, measurable performance, and hard work underlie everything we accomplish.
Growing great companies is all about people.
We believe sustainable companies and diverse founding teams make for more successful investments.
The structure and model of venture capital itself is changing.
Companies need more than money, especially in the early stages.
Core problems facing early stage entrepreneurs are largely the same, regardless of sector.
Most entrepreneurs – even the most brilliant – are facing challenges for the first time. We’ve been there.
Unicorns are great, but not every successful company needs to follow this particular narrative.
Our involvement is designed to help increase the chances of success for our founders
Positive impact makes for stronger companies
- 100% High Impact Companies
- 73% Diverse Founding Teams H/L Studio
- 100% Diverse Founding Teams CityRock Ventures
We invest at the nexus of growth, impact and diversity.
We believe that impactful companies that solve real problems for real people yield better results. We also know that diverse founders build great companies and teams, but often lack ready access to funding and resources. For us, diversity includes underrepresented minority groups in tech, including by gender, ethnicity, economic situation, LGBTQ+, and military service, among others.
H/L Ventures is a Company Building Ecosystem
Since its founding in 2009, H/L Ventures has forged a new way to build companies. H/L Ventures’ unique approach combines Daily Active Engagement with every portfolio company and a focus on investing in growth, impact, and diversity. Today, H/L Ventures manages a family of companies and funds that together comprise a holistic company-building ecosystem.
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By putting cash in these institutions, Apple will help expand the credit unions’ capacity to work with customers, allowing more community members to get low-interest loans and avoid predatory lenders.
Walnut raised $110M in a Series A round led by Gradient Ventures with strong participation from new and existing investors including Newark Ventures, Afore Capital, 2048 Ventures, CityRock Ventures, AngelList, Weekend Fund, Company Ventures, Banana Capital, Goodwater Capital, and Muse Capital. Founders and executives from Teachable, Clearbit, and Afterpay also participated. The round is composed of $10M in equity financing and $100M in debt financing; the debt portion of the round was provided by Clear Haven Capital.
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