We are a venture studio that invents, incubates and scales solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

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Innovation for a thriving future

Our priorities are pressing challenges we face as a society, such as environmental degradation, and climate crisis, as well as social and economic inequality.

We focus on climate, energy access, and food systems, particularly for oceans and coastal communities.

We partner with global communities to incubate new technologies and implement where the need is highest.

Our vision is a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable economy for people and the planet.




Pelagic Data Systems

Providing data solutions for fisheries around the world by “making visible” the movement of even the smallest fishing vessels.


Robotic planting machines to drastically scale up the rate at which restoration teams can outplant corals and restore reefs.


An electric tractor designed for mass production that reduces air pollution while increasing farmer profits.

An Over-the-Counter (OTC) affordable hearing device for the developing world.


Solar-powered refrigeration for smallholders to keep perishable foods fresh and reduce food waste.


A collaborative approach

From beginning to end

Good Machine partners with research facilities, NGOs and philanthropies, engineers and technical specialists, as well as venture capital to create end-to-end solutions for the world's most pressing problems.

We’re always looking to connect and work with like-minded individuals.
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  • Builders
    Incubating a portfolio of companies using moonshot tech for good.

  • Advisers
    Unlocking breakthrough innovations with world leading organizations.

  • Funders
    Catalyzing global change by supporting promising early-stage companies.


BFI is a fiscal sponsor of Good Machine


A uniquely capable team

Drawing on expertise from leading engineers, entrepreneurs, and social scientists we build new models that can dramatically reduce speed-to-market for high-impact, transformative solutions.

We quickly and economically prototype, pilot and pioneer adoption of promising technologies in emerging markets.

Dave Solomon

Chief Executive Officer

Has a 20-year history developing new tech in Silicon Valley. He is an expert at building impact-focused, collaborative ventures. Most recently, Dave built a profitable business to bring transparency to the vessels at sea in over 35 countries. This project introduced a low-cost, tech solution which gave agency to a growing community of 50 million small-scale fishers worldwide.

Tom Chi

Partner & Head of Product

Tom has pioneered rapid prototyping concepts that have led to 75 patents, and innovative processes utilized by more than a dozen industry-leading companies (e.g., Microsoft, Yahoo). 

As co-founder and Head of Product Experience at Google X, he led development on Google Glass and autonomous vehicles.

Jen Cole

VP, Strategy & Impact

Jen has extensive experience in social impact consulting for Fortune 500 Companies and NGOs. She has brokered partnerships for stakeholders ranging from small holders, to multinationals, to government, to civil society organisations. Jen has a deep understanding of social and environmental challenges and is a specialist in sustainable food value chains. Her passion is equitable growth in complex global systems.

Max Konstantinovsky

Entrepreneur in Residence

Intrapreneur and generalist problem-solver, Max started Ukraine’s first city-wide recycling and climate education initiative. Max is a partner in one of the largest international impact venture funds in Ukraine. Before joining Good Machine, he managed Product at a collective reasoning AI company contracted by NATO. He specializes in for-good technology commercialization, rapid venture development and business strategy.

Martine Neider

Operations & Strategy

Martine has expertise in providing targeted advising on operations, efficiency, supply chain management, and modernization to local manufacturers. Her background is in the design and installation of manufacturing facilities. Prior to building machine shops, Martine worked in fabrication and business development at several Bay Area hardware start-ups and manufacturers including SF Made, Other Machine Co., Otherlab and Makani Power.

Beth Van Eman

Product Manager

Beth has more than 30 years working in various roles for tech companies in Silicon Valley, from startup to Fortune 500, always striving to streamline an idea's path from engineering to shipped product.  Her superpower is zeroing in on the questions that need to be asked and keeping track of the answers.

Dag Syrrist

Strategic Advisor for Venture Capital

Dag has over 30 years of experience in venture, fund management, business development, and public policy. Working in the U.S. and Europe, Dag has chaired and worked with numerous private and governmental advisory and policy boards in technology and regulatory affairs including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Science Foundation, White House Office of Science and Technology, and NATO Scientific Advisory Board.

Louise Hilsen

Strategic Advisor for Partnerships

Louise has over 25 years of experience in government service and public policy advocacy emphasising food safety, nutrition, supply chain, and environment. In her career, Louise has focused on helping large corporates such as Nestle improve the lives of low-income and vulnerable populations using sustainable commercial strategies. She is a fierce advocate for human rights and the strengthening of public health systems.