Over 20 years ago, I almost lost my mother due to a missed diagnosis of colon cancer. In the last 5 years, my sister found a sign of breast cancer missed just weeks prior in an exam and I went through a year of specialist appointments with no resolution. One of my cofounders and partners had her entire department closed down when the department head was found guilty of sexual harassment and let go - with a payout and confidentiality agreement that let him continue his toxic behavior elsewhere.
I started working on solving the healthcare problem in 2017 and quickly realized that the system was beyond broken and slow, with no aligned interests between insurance carriers, companies and healthcare systems. I started digging into sexual harassment in the workplace in 2018 and found that companies are not interested in a true objective of stopping this toxic behavior, but rather just quietly getting rid of the bad actors in their company.
I grew tired of watching us get bullied into bad healthcare, toxic work environments, a planet on the verge of environmental collapse - as well as other issues. I decided it was time to build a platform that gave us—the people—the small business owner—the tools we needed to impact change in the workplace, in the environment, and more.
Break the Wheel was formed with one purpose, to ensure what is in the best interest of the people succeeds. We source, vet and accelerate mission-driven unicorns - for profit companies that can positively impact 1 billion lives in areas from healthcare to climate, and education to human rights.
Founder And CEO
David Feinberg Calabrese
Everything we do, is done with you - the user, the business owner, the person impacted by climate change and inequities in education - we decide together, you vote, we launch, you share, we drive impact and we share in the upside.
Impact to us is social and financial. Our OKRs are speed to impact and investor (time and money) ROI. We surround big problems with experts, users, partners and investors - we validate, launch and then blitzscale solutions by investing our team and capital.
Together, we identify big problems that need a different approach. Break the Wheel conducts a market SWOT to understand the competition, user needs and wants and major barriers to the success of each potential solution.
Together, we identify the best solution to help the greatest number of people. Break the Wheel runs market validation campaigns to understand what value, outcomes, experiences and price points users want and need.
Break the Wheel launches, and Together we blitzscale the market ensuring the success of the solutions we all spent so much time and energy reviewing, validating and bringing to market.
Together, we benefit not just from the impact but financially. Everyone that supports projects can invest in our crowdfunding campaigns and through your support earn profit sharing and shares in an IPO or exit.
Our commitment is and will always be to the combination of impact, returns, transparency and equal opportunity.
We are committed to delivering real world outcomes for our health, the planet and equal opportunity and wealth.
We are committed to driving smart and fast and empowering you to help us succeed and reap the rewards together of large scale, for profit, impact investments.
You will have full transparency on everything we do and spend money on. We will provide regular reports and you can sit in on our daily planning and execution calls.
We are committed to 50% CapTable diversity. That means that when all is said and done at least 50% of our investors and shareholders will be from diverse backgrounds.
Break The Wheel was founded and is operated by serial entrepreneurs and operators that have built, scaled, sold and taken public more than 20 companies.
These are a few of the organizations our founders invested in or worked with or for as founders, employees or consultants. These companies are not investors in or partners of Break The Wheel.