We back founders using technology to solve the world's biggest problems.

Fifty Years is an entrepreneur-run early stage venture fund based in San Francisco. We invest in companies that inspire. Specifically, we fund companies that, if successful, will be both massively profitable and make a serious dent in achieving one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Some of the teams we've backed:

Small, low-cost telecommunications satellites to bring the internet to the entire world.

Commercialising cultured meat
to move humanity to a new,
better food system.

Global manufacturing,
ethical and simplified.


Ela and Seth are great at bringing operational efficiency to our company, including both managing tasks and team motivation. They’re able to do such a good job because they’ve walked the journey and built great companies.
— Harry Gandhi, Co-founder & CEO, Medella Health

So they decided to create Fifty Years to support entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest problems with technology. But they didn’t want to turn into something like a charity or traditional ‘impact’ investor. They still wanted to back companies that could be both massively profitable and make a serious dent in solving big problems like climate change, education and health.
— Mike Butcher, Fifty Years - The new Silicon Valley VC that wants to save the world AND make money, TechCrunch
 
 
Like any venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, Fifty Years backs startups that it thinks will make massive amounts of money. But the firm, recently launched by two Y Combinator alumni, has a second requirement: Each of the entrepreneurs in its portfolio also has to have the potential to solve a major world problem.
— Adele Peters, This New Silicon Valley VC Firm Wants To Fund Solutions To The World's Biggest Problems, Fast Company
For-profit enterprises are built for scale, and when they tie social impact into their business models, that impact scales when they do. There are already a host of companies that are improving health, democratizing the political process, advancing education, alleviating poverty, and literally saving lives — and making big profits all the while. The biggest societal problems also represent the biggest opportunities and, over the next decade, we’ll see these trends continue, as more and more problems are solved by impact companies. Billions will benefit as a result.
— Seth Bannon, Impact Is The New Mobile, TechCrunch
 
 

Fifty Years supports the Impact.tech community of techies who want to combine purpose & profit by building or working for #worldpositive companies.

Among other things, Impact.tech runs monthly events in San Francisco with the goal of exploring all the areas of business in which tech entrepreneurship can solve big social and environmental problems. The best place to talk to the Fifty Years team are these Impact.tech meetups!

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