Distributed Ventures


What's New

Distributed Ventures is the next chapter of our early-stage investment strategy. We’re grateful for what we’ve accomplished with NFP Ventures and celebrate this successful chapter in our venture journey.


The Journey Continues

We’re still focused on helping founding teams realize their vision at a scale and speed unmatched in early-stage venture today. As the anchor limited partner in Distributed Ventures’ new fund, we will be part of a group of strategic and institutional investors with shared objectives and complementary perspectives. We’re excited to have the opportunity to invest in enhancing outcomes for companies and clients. Please connect with the Distributed Ventures team to learn more.


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At NFP, our solutions and expertise are matched only by our personal commitment to each client's goals and is enhanced by our investments in innovative technologies in the insurance brokerage and consulting space.

NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement, and individual private client solutions through our licensed subsidiaries and affiliates. NFP Ventures complements our company goals by making investments in innovative early stage companies that align with NFP's core business and support our client’s goals.


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In the News


NFP Ventures Makes Investment in Harness Wealth

NFP Ventures, the early-stage investment arm of NFP, today announced a Series A investment in Harness Wealth (“Harness”). Harness is a wealth management solution for next generation wealth builders seeking financial, estate, and tax advice. Harness offers a personalized, tech-enabled approach, making it easy to engage with financial planning and advisory services firms based on specific needs and circumstances.


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NFP Ventures Invests in Honeycomb to Advance Efficiency and Transparency in Commercial Multi-Family Insurance Market

NFP Ventures, the early-stage investment arm of NFP, today announced an investment in Honeycomb Insurance (formerly Agilius), a commercial real estate insurance managing general agent (MGA). Honeycomb offers a digital insurance platform that brings innovation to how multi-family property insurance is underwritten, purchased and managed. In addition to the NFP Ventures investment, NFP has signed a distribution agreement with Honeycomb to offer the innovative MGA product to its small- to medium-size (SME) commercial real estate clients.


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NFP’s Mike Goldman on Digital Transformation

FinTech Magazine features insights from NFP’s Mike Goldman, president and chief operating officer, on the role of digital transformation throughout the pandemic.


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NFP Ventures Makes Investment in VaxAtlas to Help Individuals and Employers Navigate COVID-19 Vaccine

NFP Ventures, the early-stage investment arm of NFP, today announced a seed investment in VaxAtlas, Inc., a leading vaccine management platform. VaxAtlas offers users a digital and portable solution to manage COVID-19 vaccination information.


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NFP Ventures Invests in TrustLayer, a Collaborative Risk Management Platform; NFP to Provide Clients With Access to Platform Through National Partnership

NFP Ventures, the early-stage investment arm of NFP, today announced a strategic investment in TrustLayer (hyperlink to this: , a next-generation collaborative risk management platform and one of the insurance industry’s first real-time proof of insurance verification solution.


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NFP Ventures Supports Financial Wellness of Employer Clients Through a New Partnership with MoneyLion

NFP clients can now offer their employees access to MoneyLion’s all-in-one financial platform, including access to Instacash™, interest-free cash advances designed to cover essentials and unexpected expenses.


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Axio Participates in “Doing More IT With Less” Virtual Event

July 23 | 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Axio, an NFP Ventures and leading cyber risk management Software-as-a-Service company, Participates in Panel Session “Making Cybersecurity Work in a Post-COVID World”



NFP Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in Kindbody

NFP Ventures, the early-stage investment arm of NFP, today announced a strategic investment in Kindbody, the innovative provider of a fertility and family-building solution. The investment, NFP Ventures’ first in a company both founded and fully led by women, includes plans to offer Kindbody’s services to NFP clients so they can integrate the services into employee benefit plan programs.


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Axio Named a 2020 Gartner Cool Vendor in Integrated Risk Management

Axio, an NFP Ventures and leading cyber risk management Software-as-a-Service company, has been named a 2020 Gartner Cool Vendor in the May 2020 “Cool Vendors in Integrated Risk Management” report. Axio360 enables all key stakeholders to achieve a shared understanding of cyber risk and confidently optimize technical and financial controls to protect the business. By focusing on the financial impact of the risk, Axio helps company executives and board members understand the value of their cybersecurity investments in relation to their overall business objectives.


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Rebel One Interviews NFP Ventures' Carolina Rojas

Carolina Rojas from the NFP Ventures team joined RBL1 Live on their Investor & Founder LiveStream Series. Carolina shared her story of how she navigated from consulting to venture capital, her perspective on health and finance investments at this time and where the industry is headed.


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Rock Health Names Kimon Angelides of Vivante Health Disruptive Founder of the Year

Kimon Angelides, the Founder and CEO of Vivante Health, an NFP Ventures company, was recently named Disruptive Founder of the Year in Rock Health's "Top 50 in Digital Health 2020." Kimon founded the first comprehensive digital therapeutic for often-stigmatized digestive health conditions. Its all-in-one solution, GIThrive, combines microbiome testing and real-time remote gut health monitoring with 24/7, on-demand assistance from a coordinated care team of health professionals.


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DataCubes Raises $15.2 Million in Series B Funding Round

Congratulations to DataCubes, a NFP Ventures company, for raising over $15 million in Series B Funding!  DataCubes is a leading underwriting decisioning platform for U.S. commercial property and casualty (P&C) insurers and NFP is pleased to support their growth as an investor and strategic partner.


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Hound Labs Featured on Today Show

As states legalize marijuana, how can employers maintain safety while balancing fairness for a growing number of employees who can legally use marijuana? Hound Labs, a NFP Ventures company, answers that question and more on the Today Show.


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Hound Labs Raises $30 Million in Funding

Oakland-based startup Hound Labs is making strides as it develops the first marijuana breathalyzer – and is now sharing a look at how it works. After raising $30 million on Tuesday for a total of $65 million in funding, this startup is well on its way to improving marijuana impairment assessment standards.


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Axio Named a Sample Vendor for Digital Risk Management in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Risk Management 2019 Report

Axio Global Inc., a cybersecurity optimization platform backed by NFP Ventures, is included in the Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Risk Management 2019 report. This inclusion highlights the significance of cyber risk challenges for businesses and the progressive steps needed to better protect their customers and people.


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Quip Launches Dental Insurance Alternative in NYC

quip, an oral care company backed by NFP Ventures, has announced quipcare. quipcare is a new platform that provides, transparent and affordable way to access and pay for professional dental care though an app. TechCrunch breaks it down for you here.


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NFP Ventures Portfolio Company Vivante Partners with Rock Health

Vivante’s mission to improve gut health in America could lower absentee rates and improve quality of life for the millions of individuals suffering from digestive problems. With new support from Rock Health, a thought leader in digital health, Vivante is that much better equipped to drive wellness.


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NFP does SXSW! Panelists Speak About Strategic Capital Partnership

South by Southwest is one of the premier film, music, media, and tech conferences in the world — and NFP was there! Watch our SXSW panel discussion about trends in the VC space. You’ll see what matters to different types of investors and what questions entrepreneurs should ask of potential funders to make sure the partnership is a good fit for all parties involved. Panelists were Tomorrow's CEO Dave Hanley, Victress Capital's co-founder Lori Cashman, Capital Factory's Director Shakeel Rashed and NFP's Managing Director of the Venture Fund Shawn Ellis.


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NFP Ventures Invests in Indio Technologies, Inc., an Insurance Application Platform

"We are thrilled to work more closely with NFP, drawing on their years of experience in the property and casualty industry ... Their support will be critical in expanding our platform to continue to provide a seamless and fully digital broker-customer experience."
- Michael Furlong, Indio founder and CEO


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New Strategic Partner Axio Discusses Cyber Security

Innovation Conversations with NFP speaks with Scott Kannry from Axio, a cyber security optimization firm who helps clients put together their cyber security puzzle more effectively than ever before. What helps more? An extra dollar spent on insurance or an extra dollar spent on IT security? Let Axio help answer these types of questions for you.


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NFP Ventures Invests in Nubundle Inc., Insurance and Lending Support for Fertility Services

“NFP's understanding of the health and benefits space is unparalleled — we couldn't be more thrilled to have their counsel on our go-to-market strategy.”
- John Ciasulli, co-founder and CEO of Nubundle


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Meet Our Team

We specialize in growth.

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Shawn Ellis
EVP, Managing Director

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Michael Peri

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Adam Blumencranz

Carolina Rojas

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Deb Smolensky
SVP, Growth Strategy

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Bill Thurston
SVP, Business Development

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