Discovering Bright Ideas

Mr. Spencer Trask ran the first electric lighting company

Spencer Trask & Co backed the laser light innovation that powers the Internet today

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We discover big ideas and help transform them into world-changing companies.


Our life-supporting ventures have saved tens of thousands of lives and improved the well-being of millions of people.

Meet the innovators and see their impact.

Lighting up the World

Edison’s invention of the incandescent light bulb – the very symbol of a bright idea – was supported by Mr. Spencer Trask, the president of the world’s first electricity company.

Lighting up the Internet

Gordon Gould invented the laser, and his protegee, David Huber, with the support from Spencer Trask, transformed it into the power of the global Internet.

Dr. Jonas Salk

The first FDA-approved cancer vaccine, developed and tested by our venture with Dr. Jonas Salk, led the immunotherapy revolution.

Democratizing the Law

vLex and Fastcase, two of the fastest-growing legal technology companies, merged to form the world’s largest law firm subscriber base providing access to one billion legal documents from more than 100 countries.

Protecting our Supply Chains with AI

Following the merger with our AI platform, Jennifer Besciglie’s venture became the first supply chain unicorn.

Saving Women's Lives

The discovery of the breast cancer gene (BRCA) by our venture with Nobel Prize winner Dr. Walter Gilbert, sparked the beginning of “the cure for cancer” — predicting and preventing diseases related to the human genome.

Leading the Stem Cell Revolution

The stem cell discovery by Dr. Arnold Caplan became the first approved cell drug.

Building a More Inclusive Financial System

At the inception of the USD Coin (USDC), our crowdfunding platform with Ryan Feit, exchanged ownership with its creator. Since then, by developing an internet-based global financial system characterized by near-instant, near-zero cost internet money, the USDC has already facilitated $10 trillion in transactions.

Food as Medicine

Stefany Shaheen’s startup combats the largest healthcare problem in the U.S. – the epidemic of obesity.