Josh Richards, social media star Josh Richards
Influencers are everywhere.
They are at the MET Gala. They walk the VMA red carpet and are now part of a team that is creating de-extinction technology that will bring the Woolly Mammoth back to the arctic tundra over the years. next six years.
Yes, you read that right. Extinction could be a thing of the past thanks to a TikToker and his friends.
Josh Richards may be famousmasses like a TikTok star with over 40 million social media followers, but he always turned out to be so much more than that.
He's become a serial entrepreneur with businesses ranging from Ani Energy, his energy drink now at Walmart, to Cross Check Studios, his production company with Mark Wahlberg, to Animal Capital , an $ 18 million capital venture capital fund that he started with his business partner Michael Gruen and former Goldman Sachs investment banker Marshall Sandman.
This week Richards and his Animal Capital fund announced their investment and advisory position in Colossal. It is a company that uses recent revolutionary advances in CRISPR genetic engineering, a new wave of disruptive conservation and restorative biology, which will eventually make extinction a thing of the past.
The company was founded by tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm and world-renowned geneticist and serial biotechnology entrepreneur George Church, Ph.D. In addition to being one of the founders of Colossal, Church is also a professor of genetics at the Harvard Medical School and professor of health sciences and technologies at Harvard and MIT.
Lamm said: "Genetic engineering offers endless opportunities for the future of mankind: from eradicating disease to improving our ability to survive in changing climates. It 'sa disruptive technology. As an entrepreneur, I have regularly found myself on the cusp of revolutionary technologies, as I believe they mark powerful connecting events in the future of our species. I am incredibly enthusiastic and grateful for such excellent parties.naires and investors like Josh Richards and Animal Capital who see our long term vision and can help advance science and genomics. "
Richards has been involved with Animal Capital since its inception a year ago and his mark is being felt throughout the business. He, Gruen and Sandman brought in billionaire film and tech mogul Thomas Tull to lead the fundraising round. They brought Le Paramount Pictures chairman Michael Ireland and Billboard chairman Julian Holguin served as advisers. They brought in the billionaire twins Winklevoss, along with others. They were also heavily involved in the deployment and corporate media strategy.
Josh Richards said: “It 's mind boggling that a 19 year old from a small town in Ontario can be a part of 'a team that will change the world. To be involved in a comto me this one, it will change the world for the better and allow my children's children to have better lives, is truly an honor. My generation is the generation responsible for fighting climate change and creating a better world, because we are the generation that will inherit the Earth. "
Sandman, Managing Partner of Animal Capital, said: " The opportunity to invest in Colossal really speaks to why we started the business. origin Animal Capital. Ben, George and the whole team are on track to change the world and we are proud to be on the journey ”
Animal Capital 's other investments include: sanity, Whoop, the crypto startup, WonderFi, which went public on the NEO two weeks ago and the calendar-based social media platform, Saturn.
So who knows , maybe we'll see Josh Richards do a TikTok on a woolly mammoth. soon. Stay tuned.