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TOWARD A
FLOURISHING
WORLD

 
 

EA Ventures applies scientific rigor to identify and support
projects with unusual potential for positive global impact

 

People

 

 

Funders

Impact-focused backers who review proposals vetted by our partners and experts

JAAN TALLINN | COFOUNDER, SKYPE

JAAN TALLINN | COFOUNDER, SKYPE

ANARGHYA VARDHANA | ROTHENBERG VENTURES

ANARGHYA VARDHANA | ROTHENBERG VENTURES

BRYAN JOHNSON | FOUNDER, BRAINTREE, OS FUND

BRYAN JOHNSON | FOUNDER, BRAINTREE, OS FUND

WINGEE SIN | WINGPACT LLC

WINGEE SIN | WINGPACT LLC

ANDY FALLSHAW | CEO, BELLROY

ANDY FALLSHAW | CEO, BELLROY

SAM MAR | LAURA AND JOHN ARNOLD FOUNDATION

SAM MAR | LAURA AND JOHN ARNOLD FOUNDATION

ALEXANDER GORDON-BROWN & DENISE MELCHIN | PHILANTHROPISTS

ALEXANDER GORDON-BROWN & DENISE MELCHIN | PHILANTHROPISTS

MATT WAGE | JANE STREET

MATT WAGE | JANE STREET

RENEE DIRESTA | HAVEN

RENEE DIRESTA | HAVEN

IAIN CROUCH | CEO, RADIAL LABS

IAIN CROUCH | CEO, RADIAL LABS

IDRIS MOKHTARZADA | COFOUNDER, WEBS.COM

IDRIS MOKHTARZADA | COFOUNDER, WEBS.COM

ALEX FOSTER | CEO, SEE THROUGH

ALEX FOSTER | CEO, SEE THROUGH

PETER HURFORD | COFOUNDER, .IMPACT

PETER HURFORD | COFOUNDER, .IMPACT

ERIC ROGSTAD | WAVE

ERIC ROGSTAD | WAVE

LEA BAJC | ANGEL INVESTOR

LEA BAJC | ANGEL INVESTOR

ROB WIBLIN | CENTRE FOR EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM

ROB WIBLIN | CENTRE FOR EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM

MARIUS VAN VOORDEN | SOLE PROPRIETOR, MQRIUS'S BITCOINS

MARIUS VAN VOORDEN | SOLE PROPRIETOR, MQRIUS'S BITCOINS

BEN KUHN | WAVE

BEN KUHN | WAVE

NAVEEN PUTCHA | PORTFOLIO MANAGER, TAYLOR WOODS CAPITAL

NAVEEN PUTCHA | PORTFOLIO MANAGER, TAYLOR WOODS CAPITAL

SAM BANKMAN-FRIED | JANE STREET

SAM BANKMAN-FRIED | JANE STREET

THOMAS MATHER | FOUNDER, MAXMIND

THOMAS MATHER | FOUNDER, MAXMIND

HASEEB QURESHI | DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT, APP ACADEMY

HASEEB QURESHI | DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT, APP ACADEMY

BEN WEST | CTO, HEALTH EFILINGS

BEN WEST | CTO, HEALTH EFILINGS

 

Additional funders:

Luke Ding


Team

The folks behind EA Ventures

KERRY VAUGHAN MANAGING PARTNER

KERRY VAUGHAN

MANAGING PARTNER

TYLER ALTERMAN GROWTH PARTNER

TYLER ALTERMAN

GROWTH PARTNER

PETER BRIETBART PARTNER

PETER BRIETBART

PARTNER

 
PETER BUCKLEY EVALUATIONS ANALYST

PETER BUCKLEY

EVALUATIONS ANALYST

 

Expert Advisors

Listed with areas of expertise

 

ALEX FLINT, PHD | MACHINE LEARNING, ROBOTICS, COMPUTER VISION

ALEXEI ANDREEV | SOFTWARE STARTUPS, 3D GRAPHICS

ANISH MOHAMMED, MD | MEDICINE, ROBOTICS, BIOINFORMATICS, CRYPTOGRAPHY

BEN WEST | HEALTHCARE, SOFTWARE STARTUPS

BRAYDEN MCLEAN | OPERATIONS, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, TRANSPORTATION

DANIEL DEWEY | ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, COMPUTER SCIENCE

ERIC DREXLER | NANOTECHNOLOGY

EVAN STEINER | FINANCE, ECONOMICS

JON BOCKMAN | ANIMAL WELFARE

JORDON SCHERMERHORN | INT'L DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH, DISEASE INTERVENTION

MELODY GUAN | DATA SCIENCE, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, JOURNALISM

NELL WATSON | HEALTHCARE, MEDICINE, MACHINE LEARNING, INT'L DEVELOPMENT

NIEL BOWERMAN, PHD | CLIMATE CHANGE, NONPROFITS, EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM

OWEN COTTON-BARRATT, PHD | MATHEMATICS

ROMEO STEVENS | TECHNOLOGY STARTUPS, NUTRITION

ROXANNE HESTON | OUTREACH, SOCIAL MEDIA

SUNNY SANGHA | COMMUNITY BUILDING, GOVERNANCE, EDUCATION 

TED SUZMAN | TECHNOLOGY STARTUPS, FACEBOOK APPS, YCOMBINATOR

WILLIAM EDEN | ECONOMICS, BIOTECHNOLOGY, HEALTH

WILL MACASKILL, PHD | NONPROFITS, PHILOSOPHY, EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM


Organizational Allies

We collaborate with value-aligned networks and funding bodies to source and syndicate proposals

 
 
 
 

About Us

 

 
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Maximizing World-scale Impact

As a proud member of the Effective Altruism network, EA Ventures exists to incentivize and support projects with global impact, providing funding and strategic guidance to individuals who want to drastically improve the world.

Most angel networks and VC funds work toward capturing value, but not necessarily creating it. The world doesn't need another messaging app. At EA Ventures we care about one thing: creating the most social value.

Evidence-based nonprofit research reveals that an investor or philanthropist can have 10x, 100x, or even 1000x more impact by supporting the few most effective projects. The challenge for funders is to identify these projects at an early stage and back them. EA Ventures strives to meet this challenge by providing our funder team with the highest-impact opportunities, vetted with scientific rigor.

>> Read more about how we evaluate projects.


Project Selection and Support

What we support

EA Ventures practices radical cause-neutrality: we are open to any project that addresses the following factors:

  1. Importance. If we made more progress on this problem, by how much would the world become a better place? We take on large-scale problems.

  2. Neglectedness. The best solutions are often not obvious. We concentrate on causes where directing additional resources achieves substantial impact.

  3. Tractability. We work on problems where progress has reasonable, measurable prospects.

Funded initiatives may take the form of new nonprofit or for-profit startups, research endeavors, projects from existing organizations, and collaborations between organizations.

how we support

Our funding range will cover the needs of the majority of early-stage projects. In addition to funding, we provide ample connections for any need an entrepreneur might have from the international Effective Altruism network - including talent, mentorship, strategic consulting, partnerships, and incubation. We believe this latter perk far outweighs funding, since entering the Effective Altruism community is akin to suddenly earning the support of thousands of experts, influencers, and fellow entrepreneurs around the world. 


Focus Areas

While EA Ventures practices complete cause-neutrality, we consider the three domains listed below to be especially high-leverage areas for saving lives or reducing suffering.

Global Poverty

While there exist many high-profile enterprises for aiding the world's global poor, the scale of the problem remains vast. With the advent of lean, evidence-based interventions like GiveDirectly, we are optimistic about future projects addressing poverty.  

The Future of life

Existential risks threaten all present and future beings. We encourage the development of projects and social movements intended to mitigate these risks and safeguard the future of life on Earth and beyond. Essential to these endeavors are related projects that effect large-scale grassroots support through movement-building and social enterprise.

Animal welfare

Our increasing technological prowess bestows upon us the responsibility of  benevolent custodianship for our fellow beings. Factory farms remain the world's largest source of human-caused, unnecessary and easily avoidable suffering. We support interventions designed to improve the well-being of animals who cannot advocate for themselves.