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WELCOME TO GRATITUDE RAILROAD

Gratitude Railroad was founded in 2013 by Howard Fischer and Eric Jacobsen after attending the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Howard, a hedge fund CEO, and Eric, a tech entrepreneur and private equity investor, developed Gratitude Railroad to transform traditional capitalism into a force for solving critical environmental and social problems.

Gratitude Railroad serves as a community and catalyst for investors to learn, discuss and invest across asset classes focused on delivering top tier returns and helping to solve environmental and social challenges. Our community has achieved significant success as investors, operators and entrepreneurs across various sectors and stages in the traditional capital markets.

WHAT WE DO

Gratitude Railroad develops investment funds across asset classes with leading investment professionals delivering top tier returns and solving social and environmental problems. Additionally we make direct investments in businesses that do not fit within the funds’ criteria but are consistent with our thesis of delivering positive economic, social and environmental impact.

We can operate from concept through execution by partnering with leading investment professionals, helping define the investment strategy, providing seed capital for the fund, being advisors and co-investment partners.

In addition to our fund incubation efforts, we gather regularly as a community to discuss key social and environmental issues and identify for-profit investment opportunities to assist in solving these critical challenges.

TEAM

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Howard Fischer

Co-Founder

Blake Kirby

Board Member Gratitude Railroad
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Eric Jacobsen

Co-Founder

Mike Dutton

General Partner, The Builders Fund
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Joseph Hammer

Board Member

Tripp Baird

General Partner, The Builders Fund
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Sarah Berner

Board Member

David Nicola

Founder, Black Dirt Capital
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Thomas Knowles

Managing Partner

INVESTMENTS

EVENTS

ANNUAL GRATITUDE RAILROAD INVESTOR RETREAT

SEPTEMBER 24-27TH, 2017

ST. REGIS DEER VALLEY, PARK CITY, UTAH

We’re thrilled to announce the fifth annual convening of the Gratitude Railroad Community. Actionable, participative and curated, this mountainous retreat is designed to connect the brightest investors with thought leaders and ecosystem partners to discuss, debate and act on investment opportunities that matter.
This year registration is capped to create an intimate and engaging experience.

 

To join us, reserve your participation here

Read Gratitude Railroad Retreat IV Redux 

Check out the photo gallery of Gratitude Railroad Retreat IV 

GRATITUDE RAILROAD DINNER SERIES

To expand the Gratitude Railroad community year round, we regularly host evening gatherings in cities across the United States. We collaborate with like-minded entities to convene investors & ecosystem partners in compelling conversations, purposeful connections & meaningful investment opportunities. Please be in touch if you’d like to participate in one of our upcoming dinners.

UPCOMING:

Boston | March, 2017
Austin | April, 2017
San Fransisco | April, 2017
Minneapolis | May, 2017
Seattle | June, 2017

Please contact us for more information.

PAST:


New York 
| February, 2017 See Gallery
Park City | January, 2017
Denver | June, 2016

VIDEOS THAT INSPIRE US

Amo la vida

Amo la vida

An interview that talks about the importance of gratitude. “Without gratitude nothing is enough.”

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The case for letting business solve social problems

The case for letting business solve social problems

Michael Porter wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water.

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The business logic of sustainability

The business logic of sustainability

Ray Anderson shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

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How to run a company with (almost) no rules

How to run a company with (almost) no rules

What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy.

 

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COMPANIES THAT INSPIRE US