Building
the 4th

Sector
Economy

Making Capitalism Work for Everyone

Thruline Networks is a value based venture studio that takes a living systems approach to building resilient solutions to sticky global problems. Driven by the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the Planetary Boundaries as guiding frameworks, the firm focuses ClimateTech, DeepTech and SpaceTech companies providing solutions to Waste-to-Value and Circular Economy challenges.

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We’re Here to Be the Change We Want to See in the World Through

We envision a world in where passion meets purpose, where financial and impact returns intersect, and where the limitations of capitalism that does not consider the significance of operating in a closed and resource constrained ecosystem are addressed. Our contribution to this vision is to create 100 impact unicorns in the next decade. Will you join us?!

Research

We explore critically important issues to determine where entrepreneurs and innovators can fill the gaps that prevent existing approaches from being successful.

Media

Through ecosystem partners and an expert practitioner community,  we create content to inform, engage and empower individuals and organizations to build market based solutions to humanity’s toughest challenges.

Services

We apply lessons learned from our research and community engagements to create services that help individuals and groups sharpen their skills, plans and execution capabilities.

Products

Whether on our own or in partnership with other mission driven companies, we build scalable solutions to empower disruptive and impactful innovations.

Investments

We connect people and organizations with the relationships and resources required for growth. We help companies to become investment ready, optimize their capital strategy and to secure various types of capital investment.

“Our mission is to support the development of early stage, mission-driven companies that contribute to a better economy and a healthier planet. These companies help to define 21st Century Capitalism by moving us towards realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a way that is impactful, scalable and profitable. We are building the 4th Sector of the economy - where impact meets financial returns; where passion meets profit; and where strategy meets humanity.”

Phil Dillard, CEO Thruline Networks

Our Perspective

Nature has no waste. In nature, everything is used. Humans create waste that is not able to be managed by nature. This waste is a serious problem for the planet, as it is the only ecosystem known to human kind that can sustain organic life. Humanity got to this point by being too disconnected from nature, and unaware of the systemic and interconnected nature of the planet, a fact of which people around the world are becoming far more aware of.

Managing this waste problem is as good for business as it is for the environment. Through research and thought leadership activities, Thruline Networks and its ecosystem partners aime to develop insights from nature, science, technology, business and process innovations to develop unique solutions that are relevant for sustainable and regenerative growth.

Thruline Networks is developing perspectives in each of the 6 waste categories defined by the company.

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Our Perspective

Nature has no waste. In nature, everything is used. Humans create waste that is not able to be managed by nature. This waste is a serious problem for the planet, as it is the only ecosystem known to human kind that can sustain organic life. Humanity got to this point by being too disconnected from nature, and unaware of the systemic and interconnected nature of the planet, a fact of which people around the world are becoming far more aware of.

Managing this waste problem is as good for business as it is for the environment. Through research and thought leadership activities, Thruline Networks and its ecosystem partners aime to develop insights from nature, science, technology, business and process innovations to develop unique solutions that are relevant for sustainable and regenerative growth.

Thruline Networks is developing perspectives in each of the 8 waste categories defined by the company.

PLASTIC (and Microplastic) Waste
Plastic (and Microplastic) Waste

resulting from both single use and durable plastics

Agricultural waste
Agricultural Waste

byproducts of traditional cultivation and logistics for animal and plant based products

food waste
Food Waste

unused organic material in the distribution, consumption, and disposal of human animal and plant based foodstuffs

Energy Waste
Energy Waste

resulting from inefficient systems in generation, distribution, monitoring, storage and usage of energy

manufacturing waste
Manufacturing Waste

scrap materials from traditional and emerging manufactured products

clothing waste
Clothing Waste

resulting from the sourcing, distribution and disposal of fabrics and textiles

construction waste
Construction Waste

residuals from infrastructure development, maintenance and demolition

Resource Waste
Resource Waste

resulting from poor management of natural resources

Our Service Offerings

The Thruline team leverages decades of leadership, operational, and investing experience to consistently deliver superior insights and results. Thruline Networks, directly and in collaboration with its ecosystem partners, assists clients, investors, corporate innovation teams in and corporate development teams by supporting their activities in 6 specific areas of focus that include:

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Mission driven Capitalism to solve major problems on the planet

Our mission is to build and grow people and organizations that solve sticky problems related to UN Sustainable Development Goals in a way that is impactful, scalable and profitable. These teams will build the 4th Sector of the economy, one that is a perfect complement to the traditional public, private and nonprofit sectors, by aligning incentives to move at speed, create economic value, and properly account for environmental and human impacts of growth and development.

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2024

Why Phil Dillard and San Francisco-based Thruline Networks are looking for seed VC deals that could have a big impact on global sustainability

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2024

The article below highlights an announcement from Shein about creating a “sustainable blue jean” that significantly reduces the amount of water used in its production. While on its surface this sounds like a good idea, the article raises a lot of questions about the industry of fast fashion and the definition of sustainable fashion.

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Lots of large, bureaucratic, established organization talk about "being innovative" or "acting like startups". They want to experience the benefit of fast growth, creativity and the ability to quickly respond to unexpected market changes and opportunities.

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​In an era where climate change poses one of the greatest challenges to our planet, mission-driven climate tech companies stand at the forefront of innovation and sustainability.

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Why Phil Dillard and San Francisco-based Thruline Networks are looking for seed VC deals that could have a big impact on global sustainability

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2024

The article below highlights an announcement from Shein about creating a “sustainable blue jean” that significantly reduces the amount of water used in its production. While on its surface this sounds like a good idea, the article raises a lot of questions about the industry of fast fashion and the definition of sustainable fashion.

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2023

Leading mission-driven companies to build a sustainable future economy is a pressing challenge that requires immediate action. The disconnection between humanity and nature has led to environmental, economic, and social crises. To solve this, committed leaders must drive coordinated efforts across sectors - public, private, and nonprofit.

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Lots of large, bureaucratic, established organization talk about "being innovative" or "acting like startups". They want to experience the benefit of fast growth, creativity and the ability to quickly respond to unexpected market changes and opportunities.

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2016

Today's environment for US Military Veterans is a unique one. Even after over a decade of continuous war in Iraq, Afghanistan and dangerous global hotspots, public sentiment for our veterans remain extremely positive and supportive.

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2016

I am a passionate advocate for military veteran entrepreneurs. In this part of my life, 2016 has been a very active year.

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2016

I just returned from another trip to the Nordic Region - Helsinki, Finland to be specific. It was my 4th trip in the last 8 months where I've been meeting with innovators in business, consulting and startup entrepreneurship.

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2015

I have 2 charitable areas of focus. First is creating opportunity for under-privileged youth through education and mentoring. Second is creating opportunity for and awareness of veterans and their issues. It is the second area about which I'm writing a post today.

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2015

Sweden has made a bold statement about its plans to eliminate fossil fuels from its energy infrastructure.

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2014

Interested in learning about how a leading CleanTech company is poised to create lasting economic, environmental and social impact? Read this!

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David and Anne talk about the power of regenerative gardening, the need for conventional agriculture to modernize rapidly, and address the primary issue with current agriculture: monocultures.

Coco talks about her current role at ING, her background in ESG, the recent trends in the market today, and ESG trends in different countries around the globe.

In this episode, Henry talks about all things vertical farming, the inevitable hybridization of agriculture, and the founding stories of his company, Agritecture.

This episode features a conversation between Phil Dillard, Founder of Thruline Networks, and Sasja Beslik, Chief Investment Strategy Officer at SDG Impact Japan.

In this episode, Kristin talks about systems thinking in sustainable business, the lessons she learned from leaving her comfortable position at Amazon, and why overcoming fears is pivotal for career growth.

In this episode, Maureen dispels the many myths about sustainability, how she transitioned into the sector, and breaks down the concept of sustainability into sizable bites.

In this episode, Jonce talks about the importance of weaving sustainability into each stage of the design process, improving end-user health and wellness, questioning the norm, designing with passion, and building the future.

Dan talks about the importance of upcycling food, regenerative agriculture, and the circular economy.

In this episode, Corey talks about the importance of breaking down food sustainability into digestible pieces, no pun intended.

In this episode, Jill talks about her passion for small business sustainability, defines what it takes to be successful in the industry, the lessons she’s learned along the way, and why small businesses are driving the future of business overall.

This episode features a conversation between Phil Dillard, Founder of Thruline Networks, and Corey Glickman, Partner, Head of Sustainability & Design at Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting.

This episode features a conversation between Phil Dillard, Founder of Thruline Networks, and Louis Lagoutte, Branch Manager at One Tree Planted, a non-profit working worldwide to plant trees, restore ecosystems, protect biodiversity and create sustainable economic opportunities.

This episode features a conversation between Phil Dillard, Founder of Thruline Networks, and Nate Miller, Innovation Systems Designer at The I Will Projects. In this episode, Nate talks about the faults that exist within our current food system, how he defines impact through aquaponics, and the significance of the black soldier fly as a solution to waste management.

In this episode, Janice talks about bettering organizations by shaping company culture, the challenges of measuring impact in philanthropic ventures, and how to avoid the unintended consequences of well-intentioned social efforts.

In this episode, Aaron talks about his role in forecasting geopolitical outcomes, the worrying effects of mass climate migration causing internal displacement, and how he’s able to define and measure impact through systems-thinking in research.

In this episode, Randy talks about comparisons between small agriculture and big ag, the utmost importance of healthy soil in farming, and how farmers benefit greatly from global discussion, activating changemakers within the community.

This episode features a conversation between Phil Dillard, Founder of Thruline Networks, and Arjita Sethi, Founder of Equally and New Founder School. In this episode, Arjita talks about getting started in entrepreneurship at the age of 16, the value of building a strong tolerance for ambiguity in business, and her goals for positively impacting more than one million founders in ten years.

In this episode, Jarie talks about how storytelling is important for achieving successful product sales, making or breaking even the greatest brands, and provides an in-depth analysis of successful companies that have mastered the art of storytelling.

This episode features a conversation between Phil Dillard, Founder of Thruline Networks, and Philip Owen, Founding Member of GeaSphere. In this episode, Philip talks about the impactful stories that heavily influenced his career in eco-activism and the importance of organic farming and regenerative agriculture for the sustainability of the future.

This episode features a conversation between Phil Dillard, Founder of Thruline Networks, and James Ehrlich, Founder of Regen Villages Holding. In this episode, James talks about how current industrial agriculture is an inefficient way to sustainably feed 10 billion people, the importance of self guidance and being open to change in life, and how drawing inspiration from indigenous wisdom afforded him the premise for creating Regen Villages.

In this episode, Dr. Weinberg talks about navigating regional challenges in order to drive change across different sectors, the importance of tackling local issues with scalable solutions, and how to actively engage today’s youth in the future of California.

In this episode, Dr. Dorsey talks about the building practice of capitalism and how to fix it, provides a life cycle analysis of renewable energy while mapping out the future course of the planet, and offers advice for aspiring policymakers looking to engage governments across the globe.

In this episode, Joe shares his views on how venture capital can create a positive impact on society across a range of different communities. He also unveils the most important traits that all great leaders possess, and the strategies that everyone can use to find self-realization and fulfillment in their career.

Markus talks about solving the world’s housing problem, creating thousands of jobs while simultaneously fighting climate change, and also gets into the fine details of the organizational structure of his family-run company. Markus also provides great insight as to what it takes to be a successful serial entrepreneur from outside of the United States.

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