Jen van der Meer
My mission is to help entrepreneurs and investors co-create impact investing opportunities that are values-aligned.
New York City,
United States of America
Impact investment strategy
Jen van der Meer is a business model designer, professor, and former tech equity analyst on Wall Street. She shifted to the arena of tech serving in key executive roles at e-commerce builder Organic, Inc, and Frog Design in the heyday of the first internet wave. After co-founding numerous companies and nonprofits – Drllteam (acquired by Sprinkr), The Designers Accord, and One Drop – Jen founded Reason Street where she designs better business models for the future.
Jen is also a Professor of Parsons Strategic Design and Management at Parsons where she researches alternative forms of capital and co-directs The New School’s Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, focused on creating inclusive pathways for emerging leaders who build community-centred ventures. Jen has a BA in comparative religion from Trinity College and an MBA from HEC.
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Co-creating values aligned agreements with founders for impact investingImpact
2020 was the year we all became suddenly aware of the interconnectedness of our global challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed how climate change, health disparities, racial discrimination, housing injustice, population displacement, and other factors all act and interact in complex adaptive systems. How might investment and design principles embed value in impact investing from day one?
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