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Backed by Prominent New Yorkers, Human Ventures Tries Different VC Playbook

Early-stage venture capital can be a bloodbath. New funds are created by the month, all fighting for deals. But in this crowded landscape, Human Ventures in New York is an investor to watch.

The nearly 4-year-old fund and startup studio, founded by investor Heather Hartnett and entrepreneur and media executive Joe Marchese, has attracted a cohort of powerful investors, including former 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, media executive Bob Pittman and former Goldman Sachs banker turned venture capitalist Linnea Roberts. The group is finalizing a $50 million fund that they plan to invest in new media, health and wellness, and finance companies. Snap’s former vice president of content, Nick Bell, recently joined.

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