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.
I’ve tried to combine both the things I love and my professional pursuits through BroadBrush Ventures (BBV).
BBV makes and manages investments in unique social ventures, as well as performs strategic marketing and promotion projects for early stage tech products and innovative services.
Iris Healthcare (originally, Iris Plans) provides telehealth Advance Care Planning (ACP) services to health insurers and health care providers, reducing unnecessary care for people with serious medical conditions. ACP lowers the cost of care while improving quality and experience. It was acquired by Aledade in January, 2022.
Status: We provided the company early incubation space, advised its principals on marketing and investor strategy and tactics, and served as an early spokesperson for the venture.
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.
Thought Interactive was a privately-held, digital media and web development consultancy, specializing in early pre-SaaS platforms, during the dot-com (“web 1.0”) wave of software development.
Customers included Discover, Dell, and ClearCommerce, along with many VC-funded dot-coms. It was bought by Meritage Technologies, which was later acquired and is now part of the digital transformation consultancy, Perficient (Nasdaq: PRFT).
Status: We were strategic investors and advisors, until the Meritage acquisition.