At last week’s NYC Pipeline Fellowship Investment Announcement Reception, I chatted with Shauna Mei and Matt Wilkerson about their venture, AHAlife. According to the founders, AHAlife isn’t just another e-commerce platform, it is an “online discovery destination where you can learn about – and purchase – the best unique products from around the world, collectively curated by our group of influential tastemakers.” To Shauna and Matt, the high quality and story behind each curated product are key to their business model. And after just over a year in business, they are beginning to launch pop-up shops in New York and will take their online store global by the end of the year.
If you are CSR-minded, here are a couple reasons to love this young brand.
1. They support women investors, and with good reason. Half of their funding came from women-managed investment funds. AHAlife has shown its appreciation by collaborating with The Pipeline Fellowship, a new for-profit social enterprise that trains women philanthropists to become angel investors through education and mentorship.
2. They empower designers – both women & men – by providing them with distribution for their products. Notably, AHAlife’s Good Karma Products section features several products whose proceeds support a nonprofit or cause. Here are a few of my favorites … also great gift ideas for the holidays: