Who We Are

Bridge Builders Collaborative is the vision of Scott Kriens, Jeff Walker, and Austin Hearst.  Scott Beck joined the collaborative in 2013.  Eric Brooks joined in 2016, and Bo Shao joined in the fall of 2017.  Jamie Gates joined in the fall of 2018.  Charlie Hartwell serves as the Operating Partner.

Here’s more about our partners:

imageAustin Hearst is a media executive, film producer and philanthropist.  He plays a leadership role in the still family-owned Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest diversified media companies where he has been a member of the board of directors since 1990.  Austin is also vice president of special projects for Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, the operating group responsible for the Hearst Entertainment interests in cable television networks, including ESPN, Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY; television production and distribution; newspaper syndication; merchandise licensing; and ventures investments.  He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Chestnut Holdings LLC, a private equity and agricultural development company.

Austin is actively involved in a wide range of civic, philanthropic and global humanitarian causes, including early childhood development projects with Save the Children and the government of Bhutan, and community agricultural projects in South Sudan.  He is on the board of directors of Save the Children USA, an organization he has been closely involved with for more than 20 years.  Austin also serves on the board of advisors of the Blue School, and Karuna Shecken a non-profit humanitarian organization focused on providing education, healthcare and social services in the greater Himalayan region.

With a strong determination to make a difference Austin has leadership roles in many nonprofit organizations, that includes serving on the board of councilors of the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications, the board of Pacific Crest Outward Bound, the executive committee of National Outward Bound and the advisory council for the United States Committee for Refugees.

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Scott Kriens, chairman and former CEO of Juniper Networks, has been in the technology industry for more than 35 years. In 1996, he co-founded Juniper Networks, growing the company to $4 billion in global sales and more than 10,000 employees in 100+ countries.

In 2010, Scott and his wife Joanie launched 1440 Foundation, a grant making organization committed to the cultivation of truly real and connected relationships, with self and others, as a basis for living well. The work of the Foundation led Scott and Joanie to launch 1440 Multiversity, a 21st century learning destination in the California redwoods of Santa Cruz County.

At his core, Scott is a learner and a builder, committed to finding new ways to tie the world around us to that which is real and powerful within us – whether for the purpose of building teams as a leader in the tech industry or simply as an advocate for the path to living lives of true resonance. Moving beyond having more or suffering less, 1440 helps people and groups interested in finding their own unique connection to meaning.

“We’ve been told, from our early days, to go out into the world and discover who we are and what we want to be. There’s a lot to learn out there, but only when we look within will we find the answers we are looking for,” says Kriens.

“I think the growing call in the world today for connection, meaning, and making a difference, all indicate that there is an unmet need in many of us. The true mark of 1440’s success will be that we can offer a welcoming and inspiring place to serve the loud need for quiet time, and invite each person to find their own answers to the questions that matter most.”

images-3Jeff Walker. Jeff is Chairman of New Profit, a social change investment fund and is Vice Chair in the United Nations Envoy’s Office focused on front line health. He also currently serves on the Boards of The University of Virginia, Berklee College of Music, Grammys Music Education Coalition, On Being (Krista Tippetts Enterprise), Just Capital, AMP for Healthand University of Virginias Undergraduate Business School, where he was President for ten years. He is a partner in Bridge Builders Collaborative investment fund for contemplation and mind training. Jeff was Chairman of TheCouncil of Foundations at University of Virginia (UVA), serves on the Harvard Business SchoolDeans Board of Advisors and was on the Visiting Committee and is on the Advisory Boards of MIT Media Lab, Center for Contemplative Sciences at UVA (which he chairs) and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has been on numerous other for-profit and non-profit boards.

Previously, Jeff was Executive-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, focusing on social enterprises and collaboration, and a Lecturer at the Kennedy School. At Harvard, he helped to develop a course in exponential fundraising for nonprofit. He served as the Chairman of Millennium Promise, with the United Nations and Columbia University, an incubator to eliminate extreme poverty, and was the Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation(Monticello), where he still serves as an Emeritus Trustee. Jeff Co-Founded and was Chairman of Npower, an organization that provides shared technology services to nonprofits.

Jeff co-authored the book, “The Generosity Network”, about new approaches to gather resources to address causes each of us are passionate about.  He also received the John C. Whitehead Award for Social Enterprise from the Harvard Business School Club of New York City.  He is currently teaching and researching the issue of systems entrepreneurship and systems change.

For twenty five years Jeff was CEO and Co-Founder of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia, is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.

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Scott Beck has spent 40 years learning about scaling businesses and supporting Champions that are helping people grow in relationship, spirit and wellness. As the CEO of Gloo he is putting that experience to work by serving Champions, helping them scale and supporting their core processes with exponential technology. Some of his experience is as follows:

  • Vice Chairman and COO of Blockbuster Entertainment Corp, store 1 thru 4,000, sold to Viacom in 1994
  • Chairman and CEO of Boston Market Inc
  • Founder and Chairman of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp
  • Founding Investor and Board member of Ancestry.com
  • Founder Investor in HomeAdvisors.com
  • Partner and investor in over 50 venture technology companies
  • Founder and CEO of Waldo’s Dollar Mart De Mexico
  • Partner and Vice Chairman of Pacific Dental Services
  • Served as board member and advisor to many Not-For-Profit enterprises over the past 30 years in the education, amateur sport, family… ecosystems

fullsizerenderEric Brooks is a founder of Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG), where he was a Managing Director for seventeen years. Prior to that, Eric traded as a member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange from 1981-1987, where he served on various exchange committees. In total, Eric has spent over 25 years in the derivatives industry, eight as a market-maker/specialist.

While at Susquehanna, Eric promoted the incorporation of decision science into the corporate culture and trader philosophy. Eric’s passion for the promotion of good decision-making skills extends well beyond his work in the financial sector. He is particularly interested in furthering educationally-based programs directed toward improving the quality of a student’s experience. To that end he has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Gladwyne Montessori School, the Mastery Charter Schools, the LEAD Foundation and Decision Education Foundation, among others. Additionally, Eric is the co-founder and chairman of the board of How I Decide www.howidecide.org a 501(c)(3) whose mission it is to equip youth with skills to be better decision makers throughout their lives.

Eric has also pursued entrepreneurial investments in companies focused on the gamification of core curriculum and decision sciences since 2005. In 2008 Mr. Brooks was the winner of the Seven Card Stud Tournament in the World Series of Poker.

 

IMG_0138Bo Y. Shao  is a founding managing partner of Matrix China, a leading technology venture capital firm in China, with three billion dollars under management. In addition, Mr. Shao is a co-founder of BabyTree, the leading parenting brand and community in China with over 200 million unique users a month, and a co-founder and Chairman of Nuance Biotech. As a venture capitalist, Mr. Shao has made a dozen early stage investments, five of which have grown to employ thousands of employees and joined the club of billion dollar unicorns. In 2017, Mr. Shao co-founded Evolve Foundation and is devoting his energy and resources to reduce sufferings in this world through evolution of humanity’s consciousness.

Prior to his current positions, Mr. Shao was the founder and CEO of EachNet, which became the dominant consumer e-commerce company in China under his leadership and was acquired by eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) in 2003 in a landmark transaction.

Mr. Shao was born in China and was a winner of national mathematics competitions over a dozen times during high school. He left China when he was 17 years old for Harvard College on a full scholarship, one of the first such scholarships Harvard granted to a person from mainland China. After receiving a BA, summa cum laude, in physics and electrical engineering from Harvard College, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group and Goldman Sachs, and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Shao is a recognized young business leader in China and the recipient of awards in China and abroad, including Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 by Asian Venture Capital Journal.

headshotJamie Gates is a Partner Managing Director of TSSP based in San Francisco, focusing on capital formation and strategic initiatives.  TSSP is a business unit within the TPG umbrella.  Prior to joining TPG in 1995, Jamie was a Partner and Executive Vice President of Starwood Capital Group, L.P., a real estate investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Mr. Gates worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and served as an Executive Director in its London office beginning in 1987.  Prior to 1984, Mr. Gates was associated with the Tax Division of Arthur Andersen LLP in Chicago, specializing in corporate and partnership taxation.

Jamie graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Law and received a B.S., with distinction, from DePauw University.  Mr. Gates sits on the boards for Akili Interactive Labs and Neighborly Investments.


Charlie Hartwell – ProfileOperating Partner:  Charlie is a change agent who shepherds ideas, resources and talent to drive sustainable growth. Passionate about transformation and innovation; he is a leader who ignites teams to accomplish remarkable results. He is a Harvard Business School graduate who has led, founded, run and worked in organizations in 16 different industries.  He’s served in various organizations including corporate, small business, start-up, non-profit – and in leadership roles such as President, Chairman, board member, founder, consultant, coach, and trustee.

Previous to joining Bridge Builders Collaborative, Charlie was President of Ideas to Go, an innovation-consulting firm helping Fortune 500 companies on the front end of their innovation cycle.  His career has included Wall Street, corporate marketing stints at HJ Heinz and Pillsbury.  In 1998, he formed yourexpedition, the first for-profit expedition company in U.S. history, launched by the historic Bancroft Arnesen Expedition across Antarctica by polar explorers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen.  The expedition generated 2.2 billion media impressions globally, and was supported by such brands as Volvo, Motorola, Pfizer, Girl Scouts, Apple, CNN.