Venture Philanthropy and the Creation of National Initiatives

Venture Philanthropy and the Creation of National Initiatives

From Agenda: Jewish Education, Spring 2004 In my day job, I am a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. If nothing else, I’m used to taking risks. Big risks. Venture capitalists look for great people to execute great ideas — finding gaps in the market to fill, or...
On Philanthropy: The Number of Zeroes Doesn’t Matter

On Philanthropy: The Number of Zeroes Doesn’t Matter

From Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), October 2001 Laura Lauder, venture capitalist turned venture philanthropist, says that the transition from investment to philanthropy was surprisingly simple. With years of experience under her belt, she knew that the ability...

Venture Philanthropy and Jewish Education

From Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, October 2001 When I was initially invited to respond to Jeremy Burton’s thoughtful essay, I was delighted, flattered, and worried. I am not a “mega-donor,” but I aspire to transform an area of Jewish life about which I am...
NFTY Inspires a Venture Philanthropist

NFTY Inspires a Venture Philanthropist

From e-Jewish Philanthropy, September 2004 It was a scorching, humid summer night in 1978 at NFTY Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY – even Debbie Friedman’s guitar strings were soaked in beads of moisture. Nonetheless, everyone in camp swayed and rocked to sounds of her...