The writer, philosopher Khalil Gibran once said, “Work is love made visible.” How true.

In addition to the things we get paid for, many of us spend extraordinary amounts of time on other loves that take an equal or greater amount of effort.

We’ve tried to combine both the things we love and our professional pursuits through BroadBrush Ventures (BBV), the private family investment group through which we primarily make and manage investments in unique social ventures, along with other early stage tech ventures.

 

appco websiteAppconomy operates a cloud-based platform for mobile marketing and commerce that directly connects consumers and merchants through its Jinjin™ marketplace and apps for smartphones, tablets, and feature phones.

The company is privately held and venture-funded, with dual global headquarters in Austin, Texas and Shanghai, China.

Status: We co-founded the company, are equity shareholders, and provide senior corporate marketing leadership.

I+home pageInnovation+ (or I+, for short) is the Austin member of the Social Venture Partners (SVP) international network.  I+ for short is focused on identifying innovative, ideally disruptive, solutions to big community problems and rapidly bringing them to scale.

Wherever possible and appropriate, SVP applies the principles of venture capital — through impact investing and nurturing of sustainable enterprises — to social problems, like public education, workforce development, food & shelter, and more.

Status:  We are partners in Innovation+.  Steve currently serves as Acting CEO and executive director.

website - knowbility

Knowbility is a global leader in making “IT barrier-free” through its consulting and training programs and unique, educational competitions, branded the Accessibility Internet Rally, or AIR.

Launched in 1998, as a program of Easter Seals-Central Texas, Knowbility is a non-profit corporation (chartered under the IRS 501(c)(3) designation) headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Status: We co-developed the original idea for the AIR competition, seed-funded the organization during its first two years of independent operations, and chaired the board of directors.

The_Pause logo-green-wide headerThe Pause is an events production and management company focused on providing local tours, issues-based workshops, and urban entertainment experiences in top, second-tier cities, like Austin.

Events are deliberately designed to mix entertainment, education, and personal enlightenment, through diverse, fun experiences.

Status: We are active advisors and investors.

ltv home-newLifetimeVALUE.me is a boutique marketing services firm.

It brings together one or more expert solo practitioners (ESPs) for assignments that range from a few days quick-turn to multiple projects lasting several months each.

Status:  We founded the firm and manage its operations.

FK Home Page July 2013Faithkeeper’s keeps kids and adults connected with their “faith lives” through a unique gift program that involves families, friends, and other mentors.

Status: We are active advisors and investors.

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