Maker Movement Visionary Joins Network Society Ventures

Mark HatchWe are pleased to announce the expansion of our team with the addition of Mark Hatch, founder and former CEO of Techshop, who is an outstanding leader and visionary of the Maker Movement. Read about Mark and below is a press release. We welcome him to the team and look forward to great things!

Network Society Ventures “Makes” a New General Partner

Mark Hatch, Maker Movement leader and visionary, joins Network Society Ventures.

New York, San Francisco, and Milan. November 17, 2016.

Today Network Society Ventures is pleased to announce that Mark Hatch, a globally recognized leader within the Maker Movement, has joined us as General Partner.

Mark Hatch is the co-founder and former CEO of TechShop. TechShop, a do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with a dozen locations open and hundreds more planned over the next decade, is the largest public access tools and computer enabled manufacturing platform in the world. His best-selling book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, was published by McGraw-Hill in September of 2013 and has become the leading resource for organizations and individuals who want to understand and engage in the movement. He is an entrepreneur, author, investor and a former Green Beret. He has held executive positions focused on innovation, disruptive technology and entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship in various industry sectors including packaged goods, manufacturing, retail and healthcare.

“We are excited to have Mark join us a General Partner. His background and expertise in the Maker Movement, enabling hardware companies in the healthcare, IoT, energy and other spaces rapidly accelerate their development, is perfectly aligned with our investment strategy” said David Orban, Managing Partner at Network Society Ventures.

“I am thrilled to join Network Society Ventures. Its focus on investing in ventures driven by exponential technologies and decentralized networks, at the early seed stage, is exactly where I believe the greatest investment opportunity is today and for the next several years. It is firms like Network Society Ventures that will enable the most exciting entrepreneurs to make the world a better place” said Mark Hatch.

David Orban noted “We see Mark as a critical addition to our team which will expand our ability to raise funds and invest in a broad range of cutting edge ventures.”

Mark Hatch is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Jacobs Institute at UC Berkeley. He holds an M.B.A. from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University, a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Irvine, is adjunct faculty at Singularity University and is on the Industry Advisory Board at The Claremont Graduate University

For more information on the Maker Movement, please see an excerpt from The Maker Movement Manifesto, and the articles from Time and The Atlantic.

Network Society Ventures is a seed stage global venture investment firm. We invest in disruptive technology-based companies that are leading the transformation from the post-industrial age to The Network Society. We call this “harvesting the upside of massively transformative change.”™ Our unique strategy is designed to maximize returns while minimizing risk as we re-invent venture investing. A set of powerful technologies is growing exponentially, with the common feature of being organized in decentralized networks. These technologies often give rise to startups that can grow exponentially, presenting the possibility for extremely large financial upside. These startup teams are harvesting the economic value made possible by these unstoppable technology trends. These technologies are driving the transformation of NSV’s eight focus sectors for investment: energy, manufacturing, food, health, learning, finance, security and policymaking.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Scott Mize at scott@netsoc.vc or +1 212-335-0693.

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