Heather Hartnett is the CEO and General Partner of Human Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital fund backing, building and scaling industry-changing technology companies through a startup studio model. Hartnett has been recognized for creating one of New York’s premiere startup studios and for the unique approach and fresh perspective she’s bringing to tech by publications such as “The Information,” which has referred to her as the “new breed of VC.”
Since launching five years ago under Hartnett’s leadership, Human has invested in and co-built more than 40 companies. Those companies have grown to a combined $270M+ in enterprise value and have gone on to raise $200M in additional capital from notable later stage investors. Fast Company calls Human Ventures a “rare breed” that has “attracted a more diverse pool of founders.”
Key investments and board positions include Reserve (acquired), Girlboss, Current, theSkimm, Tiny Organics and The Muse.
Heather is frequently featured in outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Information, Fast Company, Business Insider and TechCrunch on building businesses, the future of venture capital and investing in undiscovered talent.
Heather is an active leader in the technology community, serving on the leadership council for Tech:NYC and as a lead of AllRaise for the East Coast.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Heather holds a BA in economics and business management from Maharishi University of Management (MUM), and a certificate in fundraising and development from New York University.
Heather is a founding member and sits on the Board of Directors for the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit focused on the prevention and eradication of traumatic stress among at-risk populations.
As a member of Class 23, Heather is serving her fellowship at Human Ventures; her mentor is Hunter Walk of Homebrew.