Mindful Crowd has launched its new equity-based hybrid VC/crowdfunding platform.
The new platform offers accredited investors the opportunity to directly invest in disruptive, advanced technology companies making a positive impact by improving our health, environment, and lifestyles. This is the first time a venture fund will open its curated investment flow to the public by means of a crowdfunding platform.
Mindfull Crowd is the brainchild of Stuart Rudick, a 30-year investment industry veteran whose ability to identify emerging market trends has allowed him to invest in a series of first mover market leaders, including Earthlink, one of the first Internet service providers. His leading role as an early investor in some of the most innovative companies of the past three decades gives investors in the platform access to a unique and exclusive deal flow, usually open only to select VC firms.
For its initial launch, Mindfull Crowd is offering an investment in Muse, a device that brings meditation and brain fitness into our daily lives. Muse is a brain-sensing tool that helps people do more with their minds, reduce stress and improve brain cognition. Muse deploys medical grade EEG technology to detect and record brain signals, as a heart monitor senses heart rhythms, giving valuable real-time feedback in as little as three minutes a day.
InteraXon, the parent company of Muse, recently raised $10 million in their Series B offering, in which Mindfull Ventures invested. Ariel Garten, co-Founder and CEO of Muse, stated:
“We are honored to be the first firm chosen by Mindfull Crowd. We believe Mindfull will help us bring in investors who aren’t just customers, but actually share our vision of helping people to live happier, healthier and more connected lives with brain-sensing technologies and experiences and will help evangelize this to the public.”
Muse is being deployed in brain research at Mayo Clinic, MIT, Berkeley, UCLA, and more than 40 leading health institutions across North America. Rudick added:
“The advancement of new technology is about to unleash radical transformation of all areas relating to health: the health of our bodies, the environment and our lifestyles. The companies Mindfull is funding, like Muse, curate proprietary technology to drive major changes in the way we live, act, and think. Right now we see a perfect storm of brains and technology coming together creating an unprecedented opportunity to address and solve some of our world’s most vexing problems. A new age of fearless entrepreneurs is rising to solve these challenges, and Mindfull Crowd is providing the financial resources and expertise they need to enhance their long-term success and offer investors exceptional returns.”