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Our Why


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Our Why


Leaders With MOTIV


Leaders with “MOTIV” are pioneering a better way of doing business, generating competitive advantages, and building companies of greater and enduring value.

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Leaders With MOTIV


Leaders with “MOTIV” are pioneering a better way of doing business, generating competitive advantages, and building companies of greater and enduring value.

 
 

Who We Are


MOTIV is an investment ecosystem. We have long-term partnerships with a number of leading firms and companies that invest in or acquire businesses across a broad sustainability mandate.

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Who We Are


MOTIV is an investment ecosystem. We have long-term partnerships with a number of leading firms and companies that invest in or acquire businesses across a broad sustainability mandate.

 

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Financial
Inclusion

Food &
Agriculture

Wellness &
Education

 

Investment Partners


The foundation of our business model is earned equity in our Partners (we are not a fund of funds), which better aligns interests between us, them, and their investors or shareholders. We can also invest alongside our Partners when appropriate.

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Investment Partners


The foundation of our business model is earned equity in our Partners (we are not a fund of funds), which better aligns interests between us, them, and their investors or shareholders. We can also invest alongside our Partners when appropriate.

Uprising is a venture firm founded by Andy Lam, Saad Khan, and Tabreez Verjee to invest in mission-driven technology entrepreneurs pursuing epic endeavors that matter. Today's most exciting technology companies are reshaping health, disrupting education, impacting the environment, democratizing access, and empowering people in unprecedented ways. Some of Uprising’s investments include Lyft, Change.org, Lending Club, GoodEggs, Zopa, PeerIQ, Upworthy, AltSchool, ClassDojo, and Minerva.

Founded by Jacob Haar and Michael Hokenson (previously co-founders of Minlam), Community Investment Management is the first impact investment firm focused on marketplace lending. CIM provides responsible and transparent debt financing to small businesses throughout the United States in partnership with a select group of technology-driven lenders. Together they believe small businesses are critical to economic growth, job creation, and the health and sustainability of local communities.

What We Do


And because our interests are aligned, we truly act as an extension of their teams - bringing greater resources and operating leverage to both them and their portfolio companies or subsidiaries.

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What We Do


And because our interests are aligned, we truly act as an extension of their teams - bringing greater resources and operating leverage to both them and their portfolio companies or subsidiaries.

 

Expand our Partners' ecosystems to mitigate risk and catalyze opportunities

 
 

Source and diligence deal flow and provide expertise to portfolio companies

 
 

Integrate human capital expertise
(leadership, culture, talent, organizational development)

 
 

Cultivate values-aligned investors or shareholders who invest directly in our Partners (not fund of funds)

 

Founders


Founders

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Founders


Founders

Bill Tarr

Co-Founder, Managing Director

LinkedIn

Bill previously co-founded Aquillian Investments, an investment and advisory firm exclusively focused on environmental sustainability, clean technology, and natural resources, which launched the first Ecosystem Integrity Fund. Prior to Aquillian, Bill was a management consultant with Origo Global Business Partners, where he co-developed the Social Enterprise Services division and managed various sustainability projects, and was a Director for New Sector Alliance, managing projects for social enterprises. Bill received his BA from Dartmouth.

Oliver Guinness

Co-Founder, Managing Director

LinkedIn

Oliver previously co-founded Clearpoint Ventures, a clean economy venture capital fund, managed energy consulting projects for the Economist Intelligence Unit, built a telecom & training company in South America, directed business development for a Silicon Valley fintech startup, and worked in corporate finance at Merrill Lynch and Greyrock Capital. He is a special advisor for International Youth Foundation and a mentor for NYC ACRE and Conscious Venture Lab. Oliver has degrees from Columbia and Cornell.

Contact Us


Join us in using business
to build a better world.

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Contact Us


Join us in using business
to build a better world.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

New York

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New York, NY 10011