Team

Stuart Rudick

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Stuart Rudick has been a top performing investment manager for three decades, making money “making a difference.” His ability to identify emerging market trends has led Stuart to invest in first mover market leaders in their early days, reflecting past returns of 5x on investment and an IRR of 20%. He is currently founding Partner at Mindfull Investors Venture Fund, investing in the new breed of entrepreneurs creating disruptive health companies and technologies shaping our future. He also launched Mindfull Crowd, the crowdfunding platform enabling accredited investors to invest in innovative businesses providing health focused solutions to the most pressing issues in our lives.

He was most recently, the Founding Partner at Mindful Investors, LLC, a pioneering Private Equity fund focused on investments in healthy and sustainable consumer products companies including Seventh Generation and Organic Girl. Mr. Rudick’s prior investment experience includes founding in 2005 a private family office focused on investments in health and wellness. In 1993, Stuart founded, Mindful Partners, a top performing public and private market hedge fund. In the 1980’s, he served as Partner at Shearson, Lehman and Associate Director at Bear Stearns. Notable investments have included: Earthlink (IPO), Saba Software (IPO), Connor Medsystems (acquired by Johnson & Johnson $3B), Savacor Inc. (acquired by St. Jude Medical $200M)

Mr. Rudick earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and attended the University of Lancaster, UK and MBA program at Golden Gate University.

Stuart’s sustainable industry Board involvement includes current Board Advisor to Blue Planet Network and past Chairman of Baykeeper of Northern California. He is actively involved with B Corporation, Environmental Entrepreneurs, Cradle to Cradle Institute, Global Impact Investing Network, NRDC, Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network.

Stuart’s daily practice includes yoga, biking, Qigong and mindful living.


Seema Batavia

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Seema Batavia brings over 20 years over cross-functional business experience to the Mindfull team.  She began her career in strategy and operations consulting working in the entertainment, media, consumer products, and technology sectors.  She then spent some years at technology start-ups doing business development and acting as an account executive.  Subsequently, an 8-year journey at Johnson & Johnson in both the U.S. and Europe brought her deep product development and marketing experience.  During this time she also became a Process Excellence certified Green Belt.

After having the life-changing experience of delivering twin girls in 2010, Seema started her own consulting practice serving both for-profit and non-profit clients in the healthcare, education, and leadership development sectors.

Seema obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and her MBA from The Wharton School.

Seema is a yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher, which acts as the foundation for her life.


Gary Jacobson

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With his extensive experience in portfolio management and financial & research analysis, Gary has a knack for picking winners. He brings a depth of understanding in the banking and M&A world, as well as expertise in investing in the consumer products, health and nutrition industries to Mindfull Investors.

He is passionate about seeking out opportunities that are undiscovered or differ from the consensus.

 


Advisors

  • Ronald Blok, Rabobank, expertise in banking & food financing
  • Peter Graham, Seventh Generation, expertise in home products
  • Larry Jacobs, Del Cabo Farms, organic, sustainable agriculture
  • Robert Rheaume, SIGG USA, expertise in consumer products & water market
  • Errol Sober, Amy’s Kitchen, expertise in healthy, sustainable prepared foods
  • Scott Sutherland, SutherlandGold Group, expertise in public relations
  • Bobby Yazdani, Saba Systems, expertise in talent management & software
  • Anthony Zolezzi, Pegasus Capital Advisors LP, expertise in eco-entrepreneurship