The next crop of world-changing startups faces significant public policy barriers. We want to find them, fund them, and unleash their transformative value for society.
We look for startups taking on society's greatest challenges. We are building a portfolio that will bring progress to a range of industries held back by public policy barriers.
We invest like a venture capital fund, but think like advisors. We don't seek compensation for the strategic guidance we offer our portfolio companies—we succeed when they succeed.
From building relationships to developing strategies to proactively head off regulatory challenges and advocate for change, we offer guidance to startups to help them level the playing field with larger incumbent companies.
Salen is a leading expert on navigating the collision points of innovation and regulation. A former law professor at the University of Chicago and founder of its Innovation Clinic, he has advised startups on regulatory strategy across industries. Previously, Salen practiced law at the international law firms of Kirkland & Ellis and Sidley Austin, and advised low-income entrepreneurs in overcoming barriers at the Institute for Justice.
Brian is an experienced venture investor, founder, and business operator. Through his career he has held roles in engineering, supply chain and M&A at Bell Helicopter, Alvarez & Marsal and Platinum Equity. Prior to founding Trust Ventures, he was President and COO of Kasita, a leading innovator in the modular housing industry.
Richard is a venture and regulatory associate with Trust Ventures. He is a former venture associate with the Innovation Fund at the University of Chicago, where he conducted diligence reviews of big data and energy startups. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago and previously clerked for Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Trust Ventures helps startups change the world by challenging the status quo. We work alongside pioneering new companies to break down public policy barriers, accelerate business innovation, and improve consumers' lives.
Working with the Koch Companies Public Sector government affairs team, Trust Ventures provides portfolio companies with knowledge and expertise that will help them compete in some of today's most entrenched or incumbent-heavy industries.
Our team and Koch have built and executed strategies to break barriers in different industries and across the nation. We're here to add value for founders as they approach these complexities and ultimately create tremendous value for society.