Vast Ventures

Vast Ventures

A venture capital company that invests in early-stage start-ups in specific industries. It was founded in 2004 and is located in New York City.

Vast Ventures is a New York-based venture capital firm with the following manifesto:

Improve world-wide health and happiness

Promote resource sustainability for future generations

Increase human potential and productivity

Increase knowledge, empathy and connectedness

Disrupt industries that resist these goals

It invests in industries such as food, happiness (well being), healthcare, energy resources, transport, communication and information, and education. It has made more than 75 investments with 29 companies in its portfolio as of January 2020. It has also made 36 exits. Vast Ventures has raised eight funds totaling more than $1.4 million.

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Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
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Lygos

An industrial biotech company developing a commercial bioprocess for manufacturing bio-based malonic acid.

Biotechnology
San Francisco
Astro Digital

Astro Digital is a company that provides global imaging and analysis from satellite imagery

Satellite
Santa Clara, California
Planetary Resources

Planetary Resources is a company that is known for developing asteroid mining technologies in order to attain outer-Earth natural resources

Mining
Seattle
Recombine, Inc.

Recombine is a company that offers genetic testing for its customers.

Genomics
New York City
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Aniq Rahman

Partner

Doug Chertok

Founder and Managing Partner

Further reading

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Nikhil Kalghatgi, Doug Chertok raising $50 million for Vast Ventures

Erin Griffith

Web

February 20, 2014

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