Investing in the Support Economy

John Maloney recently announced the organization of a new group called Support Economy Ventures that aims to bring together a community of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, "deep support professionals," and other business leaders working to develop the next chapter in capitalism.

Based on the work of James Maxmin and Shoshana Zuboff, a Fast Company contributor who also hosts a small discussion group here, the group is holding a number of investment seminars in New York and San Francisco.

The principles espoused by the group are worth considering:

  • All value resides in individuals.
  • Distributed value necessitates distributed structures among all aspects of the enterprise.
  • Relationship economics is the framework for wealth creation.
  • Markets are self-authoring.
  • Deep support is the new meta-product.
  • Federated support networks are the new competitors.
  • All commercial practices are aligned with the individual.
  • Infrastructure convergence redefines costs and frees resources.
  • Federations are infinitely configurable.
  • New valuation methods reflect the primacy of the individual.
  • New consumption means new employment.

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  • Katherine Stone

    Did the Support Economy group go away? For a while I was receiving a lot of emails and then they stopped. So I just re-signed up and clicked on the link to read the most recent messages and there were none. Did I screw something up, or is it on hiatus?

  • Jon Leer

    This sounds like a rehash of the franchised Venture Capital Club forums of the 1980s, where VCs, bankers, accountants and attorneys invited entrepreneurs to attend a monthly forum to sell their case. A great way to filter through who's who in entrepreneurs and entrpreneur-wanna-bes.

  • Peter Rees

    Interested to see what happens with SEV in New York ... what is the broader Fast Company involvement??