Maryanna Saenko

Conscious Capitalism as a Bridge

“We are consciousness manifest, we are the planet watching itself, we are the universe watching itself, we are paying attention, we are stewards. We have the capacity to tip the scales so we really have to pay attention to which direction we’re tipping them.” -Maryanna Saenko

Maryanna Saenko joins hosts Troy Carter and Patrick Leung to discuss capitalism’s role in transitioning to a sustainable way of life upon our planet. As an early-stage venture capitalist, Maryanna shares her perspective on how investing in technology can help build a bridge from the structures that currently exist to the structures that we want to see in the world. The conversation also dives into Maryanna’s Ukrainian roots, the war in Ukraine, humanity’s inherent goodness, and how sometimes small actions can have a big impact.


  • Maryanna’s Ukrainian roots and her perspective on the war in Ukraine
  • Capitalism’s role in creating positive change in the world
  • Technology’s role in addressing the climate crisis and supporting nature
  • The dichotomy of the human condition and why Maryanna disagrees that we are simply a parasitic force on our planet
  • How to overcome the feeling of helplessness about our planetary situation and find agency to enact change
  • How Maryanna saved the life of her Grandmother in Ukraine with the help of community
  • How doing little things to help locally can have a big impact
  • Maryanna’s journey of becoming a conscious venture capitalist
  • How to build a bridge from the structures that already exist in the world to the structures we want to see in the world
  • How Maryanna decides what projects to invest in
  • The importance of partnership


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Maryanna Saenko is an early-stage venture capitalist with an interest in robotics, quantum computing, blockchain, aerospace, and the future of food. Previously she was at Khosla Ventures, and prior to that at DFJ, where she worked with Steve to focus on frontier technology investments. She was also an investment partner at Airbus Ventures where she led a series of venture investments strategically aligned with Airbus’ future-of-aerospace initiatives. Before Airbus, Maryanna was a consultant at Lux Research and a research engineer at Cabot Corporation. Maryanna graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in BioMedical Engineering and a BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering.

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