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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An industrial biotech company developing a commercial bioprocess for manufacturing bio-based malonic acid.
Planetary Resources is a company that is known for developing asteroid mining technologies in order to attain outer-Earth natural resources
Astro Digital is a company that provides global imaging and analysis from satellite imagery
ASAPP is an artificial Intelligence company founded in 2014.
Recombine is a company that offers genetic testing for its customers.
Founder and Managing Partner
Nikhil Kalghatgi, Doug Chertok raising $50 million for Vast Ventures
February 20, 2014