Pythia Capital is a unique research advisory, business development, as well as public and private company investment firm modeling its business structure and investment processes after ecosystem-based design principles (“complex adaptive systems” or “complexity science”).
We are creating a new business and investment paradigm that leverages the innovation of complex adaptive systems (“complexity science”). We are verging on big potential breakthroughs across many fields as interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, data scientists, mathematicians, and AI experts accelerate our understanding of non-linear, complex adaptive systems. We are following billions of years of evolution to optimize the process of solving complex problems across non-linear systems. We follow these principles to identify these new breakthroughs, as well as to optimize our own business and investment processes.
Our predominant scientific, business, and financial models, structures and processes lead to reductionist and linear solutions to complex problems, leading to unnecessary trade offs such as destruction of our natural environment, unequal distribution of wealth, crony capitalism, and a general deterioration of the overall vitality and well-being of most members of society. We are following billions of years of evolution to optimize the process of solving complex problems across non-linear, complex systems, the only way to improve our communities and society in more win-win ways. Our goal is to use free market principles, following Mother Nature’s lead.
For example, small groups of elite and well connected investors can make billions investing in new drugs with many side effects and suboptimal health benefits for conditions that are largely based on environmental health issues (such as poor air quality, unclean water, toxic food, and industrial pollution) as well socioeconomic issues or emotional trauma. We spend considerable time discussing the price of new drugs and very little time working on these more complicated issues. Fortunately, there are many new scientific and technical tools that can help to better define problems at the root cause as well as solutions as long as the right interdisciplinary teams come together.
We have three basic services that apply our unique business and investment principles: 1) research advisory and services to work with investors to follow and troubleshoot their existing global public and private company investments. We use our highly integrated and natural process to analyze any business, in any industry and at any stage of development to better understand new opportunities, future trends and important risks. 2) business strategy and development on an opportunistic basis using the same principles and strategies. 3) a separately managed account investment service where each client would have their own customized account including a mixture of global, small-to-mid-sized public company investments in addition to private company investments from early, to growth equity and buy-out stages (this business is still in development and is an evergreen strategy). We focus on businesses that apply science and technology that solve complicated problems, as well as add value and vibrancy to society in more holistic and integrated ways . Our target clients for both businesses are serial entrepreneurs, family offices, pension funds, endowments, or foundations.
Advantages of this rigorous process are numerous such as finding breakthrough innovations earlier and more systematically than other investment approaches, strong financial returns, significantly better risk management processes, more efficient and lean business/financial processes, better alignment of incentives for all stakeholders, and solving more complex problems in society at their root cause.
Shorter term volatility is inevitable as we migrate from a win-lose to a more sustainable, win-win economic system; however, this ecosystem-based business/investment approach can help to smooth the transition and help to build a better economic foundation that is more fair and inclusive, restores our well-being and helps to regenerate our natural world.
Applying these systems-based, natural sustainability principles is a paradigm shift, directing how to utilize innovation, entrepreneurship, financial resources and other collaborators to improve the lives of all people, addressing at the root cause:
- the inhumane disparity of wealth;
- the lack of diversity and inclusivity in our economic system;
- the overall destruction of our natural ecosystems, general health, vitality and well-being.
The businesses that pass these business and investment screens are more resilient and more sustainable.
We are in the process of incorporating a variety of technical tools and applications to make this process more efficient and effective.
Examples of our areas of interest:
- Healthcare (biotechnology, medical technology/diagnostics, digital health and other services)
- Food and agriculture (from farming, to distribution, to manufacturing, to retail)
- Ecology efficiency, restoration, and regeneration (alternative energy, energy efficiency, clean water, green building, environmental remediation and restoration, general green/sustainable businesses)
- General integrative health initiatives and other off the beaten path areas where we identify new ways to empower people to lead more productive, happier and healthier lives
- New valuable applications of technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics, quantum technologies…..