This post was originally produced for Forbes.
More and more people are beginning to appreciate that investors can earn returns at the same time they drive social impact and solve social problems. Increasingly, people understand that solving a world problem like hunger not only presents a challenge, but also an opportunity.
Stuart Rudick is helping to lead this effort. Founder of the venture fund Mindfull Investors, he is now launching Mindfull Crowd, to bring more accredited investors into the impact investing movement.
Rudick notes, “Today, the most brilliant minds have access to innovative low cost technologies to build profitable businesses making our world a better place.”
Rudick will join me on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4:00 Eastern for a live discussion about bringing more of the crowd into impact investing.
[At the time of the interview, I will insert a video player here. Bookmark this page and come back then to watch the interview live. Replays will be available here thereafter.]
More about Mindfull Investors:
Mindfull Investors is a venture fund investing in disruptive technologies solving our world’s greatest health challenges while providing investors top performing returns. We work with purpose driven entrepreneurs who are building technologies and companies having a positive impact on our health, our environment and our healthy lifestyles. The Mindfull team sources and funds these companies providing our investors a compelling opportunity to generate outsized returns while doing good in our world.
Stuart Rudick has been a top performing investment manager for three decades, making money “making a difference.” His ability to identify emerging market trends has led Stuart to invest in first mover market leaders in their early days, reflecting past returns of 5x on investment and an IRR of 20%. He is currently founding Partner at Mindfull Investors Venture Fund, investing in the new breed of entrepreneurs creating disruptive health companies and technologies shaping our future. He is launching Mindfull Crowd, the crowdfunding platform enabling accredited investors to invest in innovative businesses providing health focused solutions to the most pressing issues in our lives.
He was most recently, the Founding Partner at Mindful Investors, LLC, a pioneering Private Equity fund focused on investments in healthy and sustainable consumer products companies including Seventh Generation and Organic Girl. Mr. Rudick’s prior investment experience includes founding in 2005 a private family office focused on investments in health and wellness. In 1993, Stuart founded, Mindful Partners, a top performing public and private market hedge fund. In the 1980’s, he served as Partner at Shearson, Lehman and Associate Director at Bear Stearns. Notable investments have included: Earthlink (IPO), Saba Software (IPO), Connor Medsystems (acquired by Johnson & Johnson $3B), Savacor Inc. (acquired by St. Jude Medical $200M)
Mr. Rudick earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and attended the University of Lancaster, UK and MBA program at Golden Gate University.
Stuart’s sustainable industry Board involvement includes current Board Advisor to Blue Planet Network and past Chairman of Baykeeper of Northern California. He is actively involved with B Corporation, Environmental Entrepreneurs, Cradle to Cradle Institute, Global Impact Investing Network, NRDC, Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network.
Stuart’s daily practice includes yoga, biking, Qigong and mindful living.