Spero Ventures

Our Focus

We believe that no matter what the future looks like, the fundamentals of life will always stay the same:

Well-being

Health, wellness and the food we eat

Improving human and environmental health are two of the most basic ways you can empower people and improve their lives. When you provide information and easier access to medical care, people can take control of their own health and make better choices.

Population growth, globalization and an expanding global middle class are taxing the limits of our food supply. To feed billions of hungry people, we’ll need improve our ability to produce and distribute food. How can science and technology improve crop yields and margins, while reducing food waste and ensuring safety and traceability?

$1+ Trillion

Annual cost of diet-related diseases, such as heart disease and obesity in the US

7 of top 10

causes of death in the US are preventable chronic diseases

2X or more

Growth from agriculture is more than twice as effective at reducing poverty than growth from other sectors

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Work and Purpose

The work we do and the way we learn

Automation, smartphones and globalization are changing the nature of work. Some careers will be extinct before we retire. Meanwhile, new machines and processes will lead to new jobs we never imagined. The idea of lifelong learning will take on new meaning. How can we rethink education and job preparation so that learning is available, desirable and accessible?

At the same time, the gig economy, online marketplaces and the “side hustle” mindset are creating a new kind of self-directed workforce — one with more freedom, shorter contracts, more frequent employers and fewer benefits. How can we provide more access and opportunity to more rewarding, satisfying work? How can we make sure people have the tools and support systems they need to thrive?

 

Nearly 1/2

of American jobs are at risk of being automated by 2040

0.1% of GDP

Amount the US spends to help people deal with changes in the workplace

$1 Trillion

Income earned by freelancers in the US in 2016

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Human Connection

Fostering authentic relationships

Loneliness is a growing health epidemic. It is closely tied to our emotional and physical well-being; it is equivalent to a 15-cigarettes-a-day smoking habit. We are more connected than ever, yet many services that were supposed to bring us closer together are pulling us apart.

A sense of belonging and a caring community can provide the support we need to face unexpected challenges and pursue new opportunities. How can we use technology to help us spend more meaningful time together? How can we reduce stress and violence while increasing trust and generosity?

6.1 Billion

People will use smartphones by 2020

1/2

of smartphone owners are frequent users of social media

40%

of American adults report feeling lonely

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