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About

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Wills

Against all advice except my heart's, in 2009 I left a promising investment banking career and went on a walkabout to explore more personal passions.

If there is a common thread since then, it's that I thrive when creating things that elevate other people; opening their eyes to their own potential and providing the support necessary to turn ideas into reality.

I invest in exceptional entrepreneurs, mentor budding dreamers, and build solutions to problems I perceive and that matter to me. Thank you to everyone that has made this possible. I look forward to accomplishing much more with you all going forward.

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Thought Into Action Ventures

TIA Ventures is a Seed-to-Series A fund that invests in extraordinary companies led by high-execution teams. Our diligence-driven thesis centers on in-depth customer research and stress-testing management -- strong leadership and delighting customers are the two primary success-drivers for early stage companies. The entrepreneurs we partner with are dedicated to creating powerful, customer-relevant solutions to the problems they see in the world.

We Focus On Companies With:

Proof of concept and traction (even if minor), revenues, and clear insights from customers

Customers who LOVE their products & services, and perceive a clear benefit; ‘lovers’ are evangelizers

A strong group of advisors, formal or informal

We Place A Heavy Emphasis On:

Team; assessing coachability, management style, character and overall instincts

Conducting in-depth customer research regarding needs, wants, satisfaction with existing solutions, and more

Providing active mentoring to companies

We Invest In:

Early-stage businesses; Series A and earlier

All sectors and industries

Entrepreneurs first and ventures second

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Thought Into Action @ Colgate

The Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute supports, promotes, and advances entrepreneurial activity across Colgate University's community.

Our signature Incubator program is a rigorous year-long commitment where individuals become entrepreneurs by taking an idea and relentlessly making it go live. Participating demands hard work, passion and perseverance as entrepreneurs refine their idea, learn the art of the pitch, solve problems, deal with failure, build teams, and attract investors and resources for growth.

What’s particularly unique is that the Incubator is powered by successful alumni and parent entrepreneurs, who serve as mentors to our TIA entrepreneurs. These mentors have direct experience building companies, nonprofits and initiatives, and use this experience to coach our entrepreneurs as they go from thought to action.

Through the Incubator, our entrepreneurs develop skills and lifelong relationships that enable them to impact the way people live, think, and interact in the world.

Thought into Action was started by Andy Greenfield, Bob Gold and Wills Hapworth, three people who believe in the value and importance of helping students learn the "craft of doing" by moving from thought into action.

20,170

Hours Donated

314

Ventures

135

Mentors

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Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Founder

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Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO

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Hamdi Ulukaya

Chobani Founder/CEO

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Brian Chesky

Airbnb Founder/CEO

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Ashton Kutcher

Actor/Investor/Producer

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John Donahoe

eBay CEO

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Tony Bates

Microsoft Executive VP

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Dan Rosensweig

Chegg President and CEO

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David Faber

CNBC anchor/producer

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Jessica Alba

Founder & COO, THe Honest Co.

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Neil Blumenthal

Co-Founder, Warby Parker

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Greg Coleman

President, BuzzFeed

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MC Hammer

Artist & Entrepreneur

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Jennifer Hyman

Co-Founder, Rent the Runway

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Study Snacks

StudySnacks.com is a learning community for children to discover 1,000’s of video lessons created by innovative teachers on a wide variety of topics, such as character development, morals, and how to be good people.

Once a parent subscribes, children can view lessons in a safe and intuitive online environment. At the same time, teachers are compensated for creating great content and build a following on StudySnacks.

WE BELIEVE

A. Children deserve a safe place online where they can find lessons on some of the most important things in life

B. Teachers are as creative and hard-working as their peers, and deserve to be commensurately rewarded for their amazing work

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