Interactive Capital Partners

Founded in 1997 by Jeff Nixon, Interactive Capital Partners has financed and built over 30 new companies based on disruptive technologies and business models in the Internet, Nanotechnology, Cyber Defense and Environmental Sustainability.

Interactive Capital Partners builds companies with a strategic network of senior executives and successful entrepreneurs, supported by investment from leading venture capital firms, and strategic angel, family office and corporate investors.

In addition to financing, we commit substantial time and energy in building management teams, recruiting world-class Board members, making key client introductions and building strategic channel partnerships needed to build shareholder value.

Interactive Capital Partners conducts its investment banking work through Terra Nova Equities, Inc. in New York City, a FINRA/SIPC registered broker/dealer.


Steward Global Capital

Steward Global Capital

Today, Interactive Capital Partners is building the Steward Global Capital platform for Purpose Driven investing. Steward Global Capital is a coalition of like-minded investors committed to using their power and influence to rapidly bring global scale market-based solutions to today's most pressing world problems.

We are interested in disruptive technologies driving:

Clean agriculture and acquaculture

Healthy and more abundant food

Water security: conservation, purification and reclaimation

Clean energy: production, distribution and conservation

Cyber security: protecting global commerce, infrastructure and communications

Breakthrough medicine: improving accessibility and treatment, and driving down cost

jeff nixon


Jeff is an attorney, investment banker, private investor and entrepreneur who formed Interactive Capital Partners in 1997. Jeff has built his career on backing passionate teams with disruptive technologies and business models that have potential to drive large scale positive change in the Internet, Nanotechnology, Cyber Defense and Sustainable Technology industries. Today, Jeff spends most of his time in the clean agriculture, food, water and energy space.

Jeff’s interest in Impact investing began in 1999 as an early angel investor helping build Foundation Source with software services veteran Doug Mellinger. Today, Foundation Source is the leading provider of services for over 1,400+ private foundations in collaboration with major private client groups such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Banc One, Wilmington Trust and Wells Fargo.

In working with many of these families, it became clear early on that many of them wanted to allocate an increasing amount of their overall net worth to investing in companies capable of providing strong social returns along with reliable financial returns. Today this has developed into the $100+ billion Impact investing market.

Prior to founding Interactive Capital Partners, Jeff was a General Partner at Southport Partners, assisting IBM with analyzing and executing venture capital investments in new consumer interactive services. Prior to that, Jeff was VP Business Development for Portel Services Network working alongside Hubert Schlafly, father of the cable TV industry as founder of TelePrompTer.

Jeff is a graduate of Colgate University in and Boston University School of Law. Jeff is a registered General Securities Principal with Terra Nova Equities, Inc. in New York City, a FINRA/SIPC registered broker/dealer where he holds Series 24, 7 and 63 licenses.


Erik Jansen has more than two decades of successful technology investing experience as co-founder of the venture capital arm of Pequot Capital; a leading multi-billion dollar U.S. registered investment adviser with $16 billion in AUM, and Chairman and member of the Investment Committee of Ultra Capital LLC, an innovative investment firm focused on sustainable real asset projects in the growth sectors of energy, water, waste and agriculture. 

Erik is also a founding limited partner in and Senior Advisor to Alpha Venture Partners, a growth stage VC fund backed by several large families, including the Pritzker family in Chicago. Erik also currently serves on the Eli Whitney Investment Advisory Committee of Connecticut Innovations, the state’s venture and economic development fund, which has deployed over $2 billion in over 150 technology companies since inception. In addition, Erik is a founding member of the Advisory Board of Boundless Impact, which is building a premier market intelligence platform for Impact investors.

Before moving to the USA permanently in 1982, Mr. Jansen held positions with Philips and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Jansen holds a BBA from Nijenrode, the Netherlands School of Business, and an MBA for the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at SMU.

Joe Dobrow


Joe has been on the forefront of retail marketing and the natural foods business for nearly 25 years as the head of marketing for Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Fresh Fields and Balducci’s, and as the founder of MBArk (www.MBArk.net), which helps to connect business education and the food business through career networking programs for MBA students and executive education programs for industry leaders.

His first book, Natural Prophets (www.NaturalProphets.com), an entrepreneurial history of the natural foods industry, was published by Rodale Books in 2014. His forthcoming book, entitled Pioneers of Promotion (www.PioneersOfPromotion.com), focuses on some of the marketing geniuses of the 19th century.

Pioneers of Promotion

Joe was also a top marketing executive at other progressive brands, including Flexcar (now known as Zipcar) and Discovery Channel. During a richly varied 33-year career, he has been hired by, and worked directly with, some of the country’s most iconic business and sports executives – including AOL Co-Founder Steve Case, Whole Foods Co-Founder and CEO John Mackey, Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., Basketball Hall of Famer Dave Cowens, and legendary cause marketer Carol Cone.

Joe is a graduate of Brown University, and has an MBA from Yale University and served as the Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Natural Prophets


Over 20 years as a technology start-up operator and equity investor - a unique perspective to management as an operator, as an investor and as financier. Has been involved in several sustainable energy projects since 2005 and was a key team player with Erik Jansen at Digital Media Capital and a member of the founding team at Pequot Venture Partners.

Darcy Travlos


Darcy is a strategist, business builder and Wall Street finance professional with a focus on disruptive companies in widespread emerging trends. Darcy has advised over 200 companies emerging growth companies in $2.5 billion+ in transactions and financings in the technology and consumer sectors. Trained as an economist at Brown University, Darcy began her career, deep in the data, by modeling Morgan Stanley’s interest rate forecasting model. She then pursued a career in tech investment banking at Kidder Peabody, Wessels Arnold & Henderson, Legg Mason and Soundview Technology Group where she built and ran the wireless/mobile group.

Having lived through many cycles and being aware of seemingly unrelated trends, Darcy has the keen ability to connect dots and to identify and effectively articulate emerging concepts and disruptive technologies early. Retired from investment banking, Darcy leveraged that knowledge to become a well-respected columnist on the topic of disruption, publishing over 100 articles on Forbes.com and over 1,000 investor reports. She is credited as a pioneer in Digital Media, with her research as the basis for the Economist’s Quarterly Survey on Digital Media. She has been interviewed on CNBC and Bloomberg, and has been quoted broadly in the financial press.

Darcy graduated from Brown University with an AB in Economics and then from The Wharton School with an MBA in Finance. Darcy currently serves on the Board of Governors, Board of the Brown Club of Fairfield County and Women’s Launch Pad for Brown University.

Doug Mellinger


Doug joined the Clarion Private Equity firm in 2013 as Managing Director and Head of Marketing.  Previously, Doug was a Managing Director at Palm Ventures. Doug was the founder, CEO and Vice-Chairman of Foundation Source, the nation’s leading provider of outsourced services for private foundations, serving over 1,400 of the wealthiest families in the US, from 2000 until his retirement in 2011.  He has been a career entrepreneur who has founded numerous companies including Enherent (formerly PRT Group), a global software development and services company which he established in 1989 and was CEO until 1999.  Doug is a graduate of Syracuse University and is active in the philanthropic and civic sectors through volunteer and board positions and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.


Tom is a Partner at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. In 2004, Tom founded, and currently chairs, the firm’s nationally leading Energy and Sustainability Practice, which serves more than 250 clients. Since 2006, the firm’s Energy and Sustainability Practice has completed more than 400 M&A transactions in this sector totaling over $7 billion, and over 300 venture capital and private equity financings, Clients span markets such as solar and wind, smart grid and energy efficiency, energy storage, water technologies, waste treatment, biofuels, electric vehicles, and green buildings.

Tom Burton (take from steward deck)


Tom has been CEO of a number of leading media companies including F&W enthusiast publications, Westwood One, Time4 Media enthusiast brands. He also was President of Magazine Publishing for Rodale Inc. overseeing such leading brands as Runner's World, Backpacker,  and Men's Health.

Tom's early career included National Account Management at Sports Illustrated overseeing 40% of all advertising and work with all the major professional sports leagues.

A former professional soccer player, Tom holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and advertising/public relations from Ithaca College in New York and was captain of Ithaca's Varsity soccer team.

Please contact Jeff Nixon for further information